Tomatillo Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches

Tomatillo Grilled Cheese and Bacon Sandwiches Recipe
Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon

Raw tomatillos taste like tart green apples.


Serves 4 to 6 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Total time: 30 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Total: 30 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 375
Caloriesfromfat 62 %
Protein 18 g
Fat 26 g
Satfat 14 g
Carbohydrate 18 g
Fiber 1.2 g
Sodium 664 mg
Cholesterol 67 mg


12 slices (1/2 in. thick) ciabatta bread
About 1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
About 4 tomatillos (6 oz.), husks removed, rinsed, and cut into 1/4-in.-thick slices
8 slices cooked bacon, broken into thirds
1/4 cup cilantro sprigs
6 ounces panela cheese* or mozzarella, cut into thin wedges


1. Spread a side of each bread slice with butter. Turn 6 slices over; top with cheddar, then tomatillos, bacon, cilantro, and panela. Top with remaining bread, buttered side up.

2. Cook sandwiches in a large nonstick frying pan (work in batches or use 2 pans) over medium-low heat until golden on both sides and cheese melts, 7 minutes total.

*Panela, a fresh Mexican cheese, melts without losing its shape. Find it at Mexican markets.