Caramelized Onion, Bacon & Oyster Mushroom Grilled Cheese
Prep time 10mins
Cook time 20mins
Serves or Makes: 2

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  • 1 bunch large oyster mushrooms, torn into large chunks
  • 3 stems fresh thyme, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 1 whole yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Imagery Winery Pinot Noir
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 ounces Monterey jack cheese, up to 12 ounces
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise

For pairing



  • Step 1

    Marinade the mushrooms with thyme and olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 2

    Over medium high heat, add olive oil to a large cast iron pan. Add the marinated mushrooms and brown, pressing with a weighted press and flipping until both sides are brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Add the chopped bacon to the warm pan and render until crispy.

  • Step 4

    Add the onions and season with salt and pepper, and allow them to cook until they begin to brown.

  • Step 5

    Add the brown sugar and Imagery Winery Pinot Noir and reduce until the onions are cooked through and caramelized.

  • Step 6

    To build the sandwich, layer the cheese, onions, mushrooms, more cheese, and top with the remaining slice of bread.

  • Step 7

    Spread a layer of mayonnaise onto the outside of the bread and add the sandwich to the pan, browning on both sides using a weighted press.

  • Step 8

    Enjoy with a glass of Imagery Winery Pinot Noir!