A sweet, salty, crunchy and savory apple crisp all rolled into one.
Are you a cheese and apple fan? Maybe you top your apple pie with a slice of cheese, perhaps you munch on a slice of apple with a piece of cheese for a quick pick-me-up, or maybe you enjoy this combination another way. BUT….have you ever thought of adding bacon to the mix?
Apples, cheese and bacon. Doesn’t that sound good? Absolutely!
Wait until you try my new recipe for Cheddar Apple Bacon Crisp. It’s sweet, salty, crunchy and savory all at the same time. This crisp is easy to put together and can be served warm or at room temperature, making it a great dish for a summer picnic, potluck or to just serve your family.
The idea for this special dish came to me when I was brainstorming ideas on what to create for the 2015 Wisconsin Cheese Recipe Contest. I had written down notes for possible recipes, but as soon as this idea popped in my head, I knew this was what I wanted to create. Let me tell you, the freshly shredded cheddar cheese along with the bacon and buttery cracker topping brings this apple crisp over the top….to the max! Give it a try.
Wisconsin Cheese is a sponsor of the Food and Wine Conference and this contest. There will be 3 winners at different levels – check it out. Hoping this recipe “brings home the bacon” for me. You know I just had to say that!
Yield: 8 servings
- 4 cups peeled, thinly sliced tart apples*
- 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded aged Wisconsin cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups finely crushed round buttery crackers (about 39 crackers)
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 12 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled*
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter 9-inch round baking dish.
- In large bowl, combine sliced apples and brown sugar; stir until apples are well coated. Spread into prepared dish.
- Sprinkle sugar evenly over apples. Sprinkle flour evenly on top. Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over top.
- In medium bowl, combine crushed crackers and melted butter; stir to mix well. Add crumbled bacon and stir to combine. Sprinkle over top of apple mixture.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until apples are tender and topping is golden brown. Can be served warm or at room temperature.
*I used Granny Smith apples. My apples were small and it took 5 1/2 apples to equal 4 cups.
**Crumbled bacon should equal 1 cup. You may need more or less depending on bacon thickness.