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Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

December 26, 2018 (Last Updated: December 10, 2019)

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese – The perfect combination celebrating the beauty of salty and sweet. The only way you’ll ever want to use up leftover cranberry sauce!

Ya’ll, I’ve cracked the code. I’ve found THE best grilled cheese combo. Cranberry, Bacon and Brie. If you haven’t heard of or tried this combo before, your grilled cheese game is about to get real intense, real quick.

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese Parcels

We all know sweet and salt go together perfectly and this combo illustrates that to a tee.

The sweetness and slight tartness of the cranberry sauce takes on the flavours of the salty, streaky bacon so well. Then you chuck in some thick wedges a Brie and the whole thing just takes off. Subtle and creamy, the Brie completely marries the flavours together beautifully.

Ingredients for the perfect Brie Grilled Cheese

I know you’re probably thinking ‘huh, chilli flakes!?’

Yup! Lemme explain..

When I first tested this recipe I didn’t add any spice and instantly knew something was missing. The cranberry sauce almost became overpowering and was a little too sweet for a grilled cheese. The chilli gives a much needed kick to the whole thing and balances out the sweetness of the cranberry perfectly. In fact, it goes further than just balancing the flavours, it’s adds a beautiful warmth that the cranberry takes on so well.

Even if you don’t do spice, just an incy sprinkle will do wonders. Give it a go, you’ll see what I mean.

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese Toastie

How to make a Grilled Cheese in a pan

  1. Spread one side of your bread with butter and place it butter side down on a griddle or pan, with the heat OFF.
  2. Start stacking your ingredients. In this case I’ve got cranberry, brie, chilli flakes, bacon then finished with a second buttered slice off bread on top.
  3. Switch on the heat and fry each side until golden brown and the centre is ooey gooey.
  4. Faceplant.

The great thing about grilled cheese recipes is that they’re so quick and easy to whip up. I’ve never owned a toastie machine, frying them up in a griddle or regular pan works just perfectly.

The other thing about this cranberry bacon brie grilled cheese recipe is that it’s a perfect opportunity to use up any leftover cranberry sauce.

If you’re anything like me then you’ve always got a pot of cranberry sauce in the fridge just screaming to be used, but can never find the opportunity.

Well, here’s your solution. And a delicious solution at that.

 Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese Guidance

Tips for the perfect Grilled Cheese

1. Bread

Every great grilled cheese recipe starts with a great loaf of bread. So pick your favourite bread! Most grilled cheese recipes suggest avoiding thick slices of bread, but I find that if you grill it low and slow the cheese melts perfectly. Just stay away from bread with holes in it like Ciabatta, for obvious reasons.

2. Butter

Ditch the mayo and always go with butter. Let this fillings do the talking with the neutral taste of butter on the outside.

3. Low ‘n’ Slow

Grill over a medium or low-medium heat to allow the bread to toast at the same rate the cheese melts in the centre.

Whether it’s for lunch, thanksgiving or just a heavenly snack, the Cranberry Brie Bacon grilled cheese has you sorted. The perfect balance of flavours to warm your soul in the colder months.

Okay, let’s tuck into the recipe shall we?
 Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese using Leftover Cranberry Sauce

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How to make a Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese (Full Recipe & Video)

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese Sliced open

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese - The perfect combination celebrating the beauty of salty and sweet. The only way you'll ever want to use up leftover cranberry sauce!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Brunch / Lunch
Cuisine: Original
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2
Calories: 613kcal

Ingredients (check list):

  • 4 slices Thick White Bread
  • 6-8 rashers of Streaky Bacon, cooked to desired texture
  • 6-8 wedges of Brie
  • 2 tbsp Cranberry Sauce
  • 2 pinches Chilli Flakes
  • 4 'spreads' Butter


  • Lightly spread butter over one side of each slice of bread. Place them (butter side down) onto a pan, making sure the heat is off at this point.
  • Spread your Cranberry sauce first, then place your Brie, followed by Bacon topped with Chilli Flakes. Top with your final two slices of bread, squish down with your hands then butter the top.
  • Turn on heat and fry each side for around 5-6mins over medium heat, or until golden brown on the outside and gooey in the middle.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Feel free to use a toastie machine as necessary.
b) You can trade out the Brie for Camembert if you fancy!
c) Spice - Even if you're not a fan of spice, I do encourage just a pinch of chilli flakes. The spice helps balance out the sweet and salty components of this recipe and adds a gorgeous heat to the cranberry sauce. I actually have a recipe for a Spiced Cranberry Sauce if you'd prefer!


Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 367
% Daily Value*
Fat 40.8g63%
Saturated Fat 11.983g60%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.409g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.775g
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 995mg41%
Potassium 423mg12%
Carbohydrates 37.42g12%
Fiber 1.8g7%
Sugar 7.74g9%
Protein 23.75g48%
Vitamin A 900IU18%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    January 18, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my! I may have to go shopping today just to try this out! Brie AND bacon AND cranberry sauce all on a grilled sandwich?!!! Oooooh I’m just DYING to try it! It can’t possibly be anything but wonderful! Thank you for you creativity!

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Carole! You’ve so got to try it! It’s better than you’d ever imagine

  • Reply
    November 15, 2017 at 10:51 am

    OMG it looks good!

    • Reply
      November 15, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks!! 🙂

  • Reply
    November 3, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    5 stars
    Brie and cranberry are such a winning combo – but I love that you’ve added chilli as well!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Chilli is the key!

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    Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy
    November 3, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    Loving everything about this grilled cheese! I’ve had cranberry and brie and it’s absolutely fantabulous together!

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      November 3, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      The best combo ever right!?

  • Reply
    November 3, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    OMG, total comfort food right here! I’m such a sucker for brie… beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2017 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! Isn’t Brie just the best!?

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    November 3, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow… This is going on my list of things to try on my next cheat day! Bacon, brie and cranberry jam with a spicy kick? I say pure genius. Thank You!

    • Reply
      November 3, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Yes! Definitely book it in for your next cheat day! Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  • Reply
    Shashi at Savory Spin
    November 3, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Happened on your blog through FBC today and you sure have a fine collection of delicious yet simple recipes – like this gorgeously wrapped AND scrumptious cranberry and bacon(YEAH!) grilled brie cheese!
    Happy weekend – hoping you get to sleep on some rocks during it 🙂

    • Reply
      November 3, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you for your kind words, Shashi! Have a fantabulous weekend too 🙂

  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Grilled cheese sandwiches are my absolute favorite, and it couldn’t get better than with these ingredients.

    • Reply
      June 21, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      Thanks, Linda! Grilled cheese sandwiches can do no wrong for me!

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    Donna L Clark
    June 20, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Firstly I love the name dontgobaconmyheart . at 6:59 am this post made my mouth drool and if I had everything on hand I would be making this for breakfast!

    • Reply
      June 21, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Thanks, Donna! No matter what time of the day, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches have the same effect on me!! Glad I’m not alone!

  • Reply
    June 20, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Your food is always thought out, it looks colorful, and tasty will definitely be trying out this grilled cheese sandwhich! Yum yum

    • Reply
      June 21, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you for your support clocks, I mean Chloe.

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