California Club Grilled Cheese Sandwich


Off we go again! Today, we are embarking on our journey back to Oregon, but we’re making a quick pit stop in Salt Lake to see friends and then another stop in Boise to get some family photos taken. So even though today is Monday, we’re not going to make it home until Wednesday {which I hope comes really soon! I miss my bed….and kitchen….}

Brooke of course is completely broken hearted and slightly devastated because she needs to leave her cousins, but thankfully the gifts my Mom brought her softened the blow.

Gord and I definitely have stayed up too late this entire week and a half, therefore making us arrive home exhausted and overall tired. Being with family, going from activity to activity and not getting a full nights rest {thanks to a teething toddler you happen to be sharing a room with} doesn’t add to the whole tranquil vibe a vacation is supposed to impart.

Nonetheless, we’ll make it home eventually and then go back to living our regular Oregon lives.

Such a hard life I lead. #firstworldproblems

ANYWAYS. Today’s recipe is brought to you by my addiction to carbs and cheese.

And bacon.

I made these sandwiches a few weeks ago, knowing full well that I was likely to eat my own, half of my daughters and a few bites of my husbands’. {They must really love me stealing their food 24/7.} The mixture of cooked bacon with melty cheese, creamy avocado, peppered turkey, buttered bread and fresh tomatoes on fresh french bread ┬áis out of this world. This isn’t a hard recipe AT ALL, {its more like a method} but the taste is really hard to beat.

Here’s how to make it:


Start by grabbing a knife-wielding child and get him/her to start buttering some slices of french bread.

Child labor at its finest.


While that is happening, mash some avocado, slice some tomato, cut some cheese {no, not like THAT} and….


Cook some bacon. I like to crisp mine up quite a bit because it’s a serious pet peeve of mine to bite into a sandwich and pull out an entire strip of bacon because it was too chewy. NO THANK YOU.

Spread the word about my little psa, wouldya?


ANYWAYS, once your bread is buttered and your ingredients are arranged, its time to pull these sandwiches together. Basically, you want to layer everything together with the cheese touching the bread:


like so! As long as the cheese is flanking the bread, the rest of the order doesn’t matter.


After you brown the sandwich on either side and the cheese gets all melty, your sammie is finito.

Cut it in half and voila! LUNCH. Or dinner. Or snack. I’m not biased.



Try it out this week :) It’s seriously a winner of a sandwich. Everything I love in life is included between buttered bread, mkay? Does it get any better?


Here’s the printable, not that you need it. Super simple recipe for today. Enjoy, friends!!

California Club Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


3/4 inch slices fresh french bread
softened butter
tomato slices
white cheddar cheese slices
cooked bacon slices
thin slices deli pepper turkey
ripe avocado, mashed


Preheat griddle to medium low heat. Butter outsides of bread pieces and stack sandwich in between bread with butter facing the outside. Be sure to have the cheese slices flanking the insides of the bread. Cook on the griddle 3-5 minutes per side or until bread has toasted and cheese has melted. Repeat on other side. Remove from heat, slice and serve.

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19 Responses to “California Club Grilled Cheese Sandwich”

  1. #
    Cookbook Queen — July 7, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Oh my gosh, I am now STARVING. That buttery toasted bread is calling my name!


  2. #
    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — July 7, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Just wanted to say how much I love reading your posts :) one of the only ones that I always click on my feed reader!


  3. #
    Jenna — July 7, 2014 at 5:21 am

    This looks like the perfect summer lunch!


  4. #
    Amanda — July 7, 2014 at 6:06 am

    This is all I can think about for lunch now, looks wonderful. And lol at the pic of Brooke!! Cutie :)


  5. #
    valerie swett — July 7, 2014 at 6:34 am

    A great sandwich for a simple meal on a warm summer nite.


  6. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — July 7, 2014 at 8:11 am

    And now I definitely want this for lunch and dinner!!! Yum! And the pic of your little girl buttering bread is just too cute :-)


  7. #
    shelly (cookies and cups) — July 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Ok, this sandwich looks amazing and Brooke is so stinkin adorable!!


  8. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — July 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

    So awesome! Totally my kind of sandwich!


  9. #
    Bri | Bites of Bri — July 7, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Anytime I see a california club sandwich on a menu, I totally order it! Now I can make it at home. Thanks, Lauren! Safe travels home.


  10. #
    Karen — July 8, 2014 at 6:42 am

    And this is why we should be BFFs. This sandwich is basically what I imagine everyone eating in heaven.


  11. #
    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — July 8, 2014 at 8:55 am

    The perfect lunch. Simple and yummy. Remember before kids when vacations used to refresh us? :)


  12. #
    Natalie @ Paper & Birch — July 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    oh my husband will sooooo love you for this! This is his favourite sandwich. He tries it at every restaurant we go to. Thanks for sharing this Lauren! :)


  13. #
    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — July 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    This looks like the perfect sandwich! My husband is a huge club sandwich fan & I know he would be all about this!


  14. #
    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — July 8, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’d steal my boyfriends food too if he had a sandwich like this :) This looks absolutely divine. I actually have some bacon in the house, so I’ll just need to pick up some nice bread on my way home and dinner will be delicious!!


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    Rachel — July 8, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    That is a great sandwich. I would like to take it one step further and put parmeasan cheese in the butter. Just a thought. Thanks for the sandwich.


  16. #
    Meredith — July 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Incredibly delicious!


  17. #
    Ashley | Our Full Table — July 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I need one of these right now! MIDNIGHT SNACK!


  18. #
    Jessica — October 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Thank you for this quick and easy dinner!



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