peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions

peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions

Oh the joys of heading back to school.

No more sleeping in. Endless amounts of homework. Learning a new locker combo. It can be a bit overwhelming after three months of vacay.

But this is where we have an honest conversation and I tell you, I loved going back to school. I loved getting new school supplies and organizing them in my trapper-keeper. I loved picking out new outfits even if I couldn’t wear half of them until the weather cooled off (hello flannel 90’s!). I loved seeing all of my friends again and gossiping about boys.

peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions

I will say, I did dislike the ceremony of getting ready to go to school (trying to blow dry and curl my crazy mane was enough drama in and of itself), but nonetheless. I had a crush on school. I loved learning about history and cultures, but math…, not so much. Quadratic formula, do wha? Also, I did not get science at all. Probably because my teacher was old man Mc-curmudgeon. I wonder if he is still around torturing young souls?

After thinking about all the kids going to back to school, it reminded me that life would have been totally different if I would have chosen my original career day choice, becoming a cop. Well, really, a detective. I so badly wanted to fight bad guys and investigate crime scenes. I even started my college career studying criminal justice before jumping over to business. I don’t know, does Officer Grier have a nice ring to it?

peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions

Clearly things would have been different if yours truly was a part of the law enforcement team. Crime would be wayyyyy down. I would tell people to quit being mother truckers and get a job – did you know a welder can make over 100K a year and requires less than 2 years of schooling? I would tell cops to act like cops and quit thinking rules are subjective!!!! Oh, and most important, instead of the doughnut being associated with things cops would eat, I would totally change that to cheesy, gooey sandwiches.

Enter my new love affair, the peanut butter and bacon sandwich with fontina cheese and caramelized onions. Holy delicious task force! I realize a doughnut is hard to compete with, but how could you say no to this fellow? Who wouldn’t want to be in a meeting with a smorgasbord full of oozing, creamy cheese, and bacon? I rest my case.

Now, where did I put my trapper-keeper?

peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions

Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwiches with Fontina Cheese + Caramelized Onions

Yield: Makes 4 sandwiches

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


8 slices thick bread (preferably Texas Toast)
12 slices bacon, cooked
8 tablespoons peanut butter
8 slices fontina cheese
2 large yellow onions, sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (+ additional for buttering bread)
salt and pepper


Preheat a skillet to medium heat. Melt butter in skillet then add onions with a little s&p. Cook until onions are caramelized about 20 minutes. You will want to stir occasionally so the onions don't stick to the skillet. Remove from heat and cool slightly before adding to sandwich.

Meanwhile, preheat a panini press. Butter the top and bottom of the bread slices. Spread 2 tablespoons of peanut butter onto the bottom of four slices. Top each slice with 3 pieces of bacon. Top with 2 slices of fontina chees and about 2 tablespoons of caramelized onions. Place a slice of bread on top and put it in the paini press. Let the magic, gooeyness happen - should only take about a minute or two. Repeat until all sammies are made! Enjoy!!

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34 Responses to “peanut butter and bacon sandwiches with fontina cheese + caramelized onions”

  1. #
    Tieghan — August 28, 2013 at 12:52

    No a school person, but I do love the idea of back to school! The new clothes and supplies was always fun for me!

    Love this sandwich! Peanut butter and bacon are made for each other!

    • Lauren replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 13:54

      Thanks, Tieghan! I think bacon and peanut butter are soul mates, fo’ sure!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — August 28, 2013 at 12:58

    Trapper keeper lovers unite! Please tell me you had a Lisa Frank one at one point, lol. I’m a huge lover of Fontina (gooooooey goodness), as well as unique sammie combos. You nailed it girl!

    • Lauren replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 13:53

      Gurrrrrl, you know it! Lisa Frank and I were total besties!

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    Deborah — August 28, 2013 at 13:37

    I would go back to school for one of these sandwiches – yum!

    • Lauren replied: — August 28th, 2013 @ 13:52

      Me too! Thanks, Deborah!

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    Erika — August 28, 2013 at 14:01

    Peanut Butta bacon perfection! This has me all excited..can say that I’ve never put the 2 together but now it’s all I can think about.. Bravo Sheriff Grier !!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:05

      Gurrrl, you gotta try bacon and peanut butter together! It’s off the chizzarts!

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    Kevin @ Closet Cooking — August 28, 2013 at 14:04

    What a tasty sandwich!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:06

      Thank you, Kevin!

  6. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 28, 2013 at 14:11

    What an intriguing sandwich. I love everything in it but would have never placed them all together. Can’t wait to try it out.

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:06

      It’s definitely one of my new decadent favs! You totally should make this bad boy!

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — August 28, 2013 at 15:05

    Officer Grier does have a nice ring to it! This sandwich is so interesting. I’m super intrigued by the peanut butter. But it all sounds fab to me, need to make one!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:07

      Thanks, Leah! It sounds a little funky, but it’s a total sweet/savory delicious combo!

  8. #
    Kathryn — August 28, 2013 at 15:34

    Ha, I so wanted to be a detective too. We’d make an awesome crime-fighting team fuelled by these sandwiches!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:10

      Yessss! Being a detective would be awesome and we would totally gobble these sammies up after fighting crime.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper — August 28, 2013 at 16:02

    Mmm, bacon and PB. Two of my favorite things, but I would not have thought to put them together. I’ll have to try it!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:11

      You totally should! It’s a new decadent fav!

  10. #
    Amy @Very Culinary — August 28, 2013 at 17:48

    What Deborah said! Hahaha. Seriously. THIS. Ridiculously awesome. Can’t do peanuts in my house, but perhaps it could work with sunflower butter….

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:11

      Me too! Let’s have a back to school sammie swap!! Oh and sunflower butter would totally work!

  11. #
    Ashley - baker by nature — August 28, 2013 at 18:57

    Oh my gawd… Dying over these! Must have 3 NOW!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:12

      Done! Coming right up!

  12. #
    cassie — August 28, 2013 at 21:25

    I kind of miss the new routine of going back to school but so glad I’m not going back to school any more.

    This sandwich is OUTA this WORLD!

    • Lauren replied: — August 29th, 2013 @ 02:12

      Agreed! I don’t miss studying for tests at all!

  13. #
    Megan {Country cleaver} — August 29, 2013 at 02:52

    I loved school too – except I didn’t have a crush on it, so much as almost every other boy in my high school. Kinda like I like cheese – I’m an equal opportunity crusher. Bacon, too.

  14. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — August 29, 2013 at 02:59

    Whoa, I totally love everything going on in this sandwich!!

  15. #
    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — August 29, 2013 at 14:00

    My grandpa used to make peanut butter and bacon sandwiches for us. My mom thought it was weird, but I loved them! He never thought to add that fontina or caramelized onion, though… which gives me a really good reason to make them myself!

  16. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 30, 2013 at 02:56

    I liked the school shopping for clothes and new supplies..loved the first week or so..then from there on out, it was hating my alarm every morning, and raging rebellious teen hormones taking over. I was a brat.
    I never would have thought in a million year to combine PB & Bacon, that’s why you’re here though, but omg, now I want to so bad. I can’t even imagine the flavor explosion here!

  17. #
    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe — September 6, 2013 at 21:43

    Holy hot damn, now THAT is a sandwich. Want!

  18. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 26, 2014 at 10:51

    Trapper Keeper, check. New school crush, double check. Afterschool snack of THIS – TRIPLE BAZILLION CHECK!! Also – Elvis would be so proud.


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