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Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta

It’s time to talk Super Bowl.  I must admit… I’m a girl who likes football.  I actually like to watch the game itself (rooting for my favorite teams), I like the food surrounding the game, and it doesn’t hurt that the game involves boys running around wearing tight pants.  My family happens to like football too, so yeah, Sundays are pretty fun for us during football season.  And now we’ve got Super Bowl Sunday!  Let’s celebrate early with a Game Day munchie. I brought my San Diego Mexican food influence into this one: Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta

Little toasts topped with a simple homemade guacamole and crispy bacon?  There aren’t a whole lot of things that are better than that.  Here’s how you make ’em:

Use a skinny French baguette for this recipe.  Give those slices a quick, light spread of butter and a sprinkle of garlic salt.  Broil them for 1 to 2 minutes.

Top with shredded cheddar, then pop ’em under the broiler for another couple of minutes…

…until they are nice and melted and toasted on the edges.

Transfer your grilled cheese toasts to a platter and get ready to top them with the good stuff.

First give them a good smudge of easy, homemade guacamole (see the recipe below for the details).

Here’s the BACON I used that I was so excited to find.  I always, ALWAYS buy center-cut bacon, but to find center-cut bacon that was of the Applewood Smoked variety was quite exciting.  It’s infinitely better than the regular stuff.  I found this kind at my local market (Albertson’s).  Fry it up until it’s crispy, then chop it into little chunks.

Use those crispy chunks of bacon to top the guacamole, along with a few chopped tomatoes.

Totally optional here, but you can garnish them with a little leaf of cilantro or Italian parsley, if you’d like.

Add a few lime wedges on your platter for those who might like a squeeze, and serve to your hungry Super Bowl guests.  This one is pretty much guaranteed to be a favorite for Game Day- for both avocado and bacon lovers alike.  My family of taste testers happily gobbled these up in no time!

So who will you be rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday??  Or are you just in it for the food?  Or will you be ditching the whole thing and going to a movie instead?

Since I grew up in the Bay Area, and my uncle happened to be college buddies with their famous coach Bill Walsh and the rest of my family still roots for them… I’ve gotta go with the 49ers for this Super Bowl.  Go Niners!

Yield: 20 to 25 appetizers

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 4 min

Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta


3 medium just-ripe avocados
3 tablespoons sour cream
salt and pepper
dash or two of cayenne pepper
3/4 teaspoon lime juice
1 skinny French baguette, sliced
garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices center cut bacon, fried until crisp and chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped finely
cilantro leaves or Italian parsley, optional
lime wedges, optional


1. Prepare the easy guacamole: Cut avocados in half and scoop out the avocado into a medium bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork. Stir in sour cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper, cayenne and a squeeze of lime juice.

2. Make the grilled cheese toasts: Preheat oven to broil and set rack in the middle of the oven. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet. Spread each slice lightly with butter (I use spreadable tub butter), and sprinkle with garlic salt. Broil the bread slices 1 to 2 minutes, just until beginning to crisp. Top the bread slices with shredded cheddar. Broil again until the cheese is melted and toasts are browned lightly on the edges (1 to 2 minutes). Remove from the oven.

3. Assemble the bruschetta: Place the grilled cheese toasts on a platter. Spread each toast with a generous smudge of guacamole, a few bacon pieces and tomatoes, and a garnish of cilantro or Italian parsley. Serve immediately with lime wedges added to the platter for optional squeezing.


*I prefer to use center-cut bacon (and it's a bonus if you can find the Applewood Smoked variety).


44 Responses to “Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta”

  1. postedJan 28, 2013 4:45 AM

    Woah woah woah. This is like everything I love in one little bite!!! Dying.

  2. postedJan 28, 2013 5:17 AM

    Yes please Lori. These are the PERFECT football food!

  3. postedJan 28, 2013 5:55 AM

    Why have I never thought to add guac to bruschetta? This is a great idea, Lori!

  4. postedJan 28, 2013 5:59 AM

    I’m all about the football food this week, and I’m pretty sure I could become obsessed with these things! Such a good idea!

  5. postedJan 28, 2013 6:09 AM

    These are such perfect little bites – they make me want to organise a last-minute super bowl party!

  6. postedJan 28, 2013 6:30 AM

    Oh my word! These are absolutely making an appearance at my Super Bowl party. Genius, Lori!

  7. postedJan 28, 2013 6:48 AM

    I want these for lunch!

  8. postedJan 28, 2013 8:28 AM

    This might be the perfect food.

  9. postedJan 28, 2013 9:12 AM

    This is such a great idea!! I love it!!

  10. postedJan 28, 2013 9:17 AM

    I love this, it is just perfect for the big game!

  11. postedJan 28, 2013 9:32 AM

    Bacon and avocado were made for each other, looks mighty delicious!

  12. postedJan 28, 2013 10:36 AM

    Niners … really? As long as you are bribing me with this delicious bruschetta I guess I can go for the niners 😉

  13. postedJan 28, 2013 12:15 PM

    Oh, my stars! Bacon, avocado, tomato & cilantro? On top of crispy crostini with melted cheese? Yes, please!

  14. postedJan 28, 2013 3:30 PM

    What a fabulous recipe!!! Is PERFECT for game time!

  15. postedJan 28, 2013 5:10 PM

    That looks delicious! I’m going to remember this recipe.

  16. postedJan 28, 2013 7:33 PM

    Lots of cheesey goodness here!

  17. postedJan 29, 2013 4:39 AM
    Bree {Skinny Mommy}

    These will go fast-yum!

  18. postedJan 29, 2013 5:32 AM
    Betty Capps

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait to try!

  19. postedJan 29, 2013 6:38 AM

    OMG yes. Please let me find someone who is hosting a party to make these for.

  20. postedJan 29, 2013 6:43 AM

    A perfect recipe for game day! I’m adding it to my menu for this weekend.

  21. postedJan 29, 2013 6:50 AM

    Yum! This looks delish! I love mini sandiwches!!!

  22. postedJan 29, 2013 7:00 AM

    Good thing I’m into football, and won’t have to wait til’ Sunday to cook this! They look soo delicious! I will cook them for after school snack. 🙂

  23. postedJan 29, 2013 8:32 AM

    Oh man. This looks amazing I think I need to add this to the menu for Sunday. I won’t really be cheering on either team… just eating and watching commercials!

  24. postedJan 29, 2013 10:10 AM

    It’s all about the food for me this year! I can’t wait to try these… not sure I’ll want to share them since they have so many of my favorite ingredients involved!

  25. postedJan 29, 2013 12:35 PM

    I admit, I am a football fan too. Harder when my team isn’t in the game, but i still like to watch. These little bites are incredible! I love bacon and guacamole together, and then you put it on grilled cheese? Yum!!

  26. postedJan 29, 2013 12:36 PM

    I would definitely be gathered around this on game day! Looks fantastic!!!

  27. postedJan 29, 2013 2:48 PM

    Oh yum! Perfect game day food!

  28. postedJan 29, 2013 6:17 PM

    I can’t say I’m a huge football fan but I DO love Super Bowl food. Bring it!

  29. postedJan 29, 2013 10:39 PM

    I’m not much of a football fan, but I am a HUGE snack fan. These look amazing!

  30. postedJan 30, 2013 6:57 AM

    Will these be good served room temp or after a while sitting out? Im afraid the guac will turn brown…

    • postedJan 31, 2013 12:44 PM

      I made some extra the day we ate them, covered them in a container in the fridge for a few hours and they were still good then. The lime juice helps keep the guac from browning.

  31. postedJan 30, 2013 7:04 AM
    Lisa Cornely

    What a great idea Lori. You have combined some of my favorite foods into a delicious snack. I love guac, cheese, and bacon. They turned out amazing. Another winner.

  32. postedJan 30, 2013 7:29 AM

    These look so cute!
    One question–does the bottom side of the bread get crisp? I ask because my daughter came home for lunch yesterday and asked for a tuna melt. [Yes, in this school district the kids can all walk home for lunch if they want. So I get to be a short order cook in the middle of the day sometimes.] I was out of my usual tuna melt bread, English muffins, and used a couple pieces of sandwich bread instead. Apparently I should have toasted it, or flipped it over after a quick broil and before topping with tuna, because the bottoms were soft.
    So, long ramble aside, when you pick up the bruschetta, is it all-over crisp?

  33. postedJan 30, 2013 11:21 AM

    This is my kind of football food. This is my kind of anytime food. I need these in my life.

  34. postedJan 30, 2013 1:11 PM

    LOVE this, it looks awesome, Lori!

  35. postedJan 30, 2013 5:58 PM

    OMG. This is SO getting made soon. It looks wonderful! I’m a total avocado freak.

  36. postedJan 31, 2013 4:58 PM

    ooo these look awesome. 4 of my favorite things… bread, cheese, guac, and bacon!!

  37. postedFeb 1, 2013 4:57 PM
    helen h

    what a wonderful idea and they are very presentable…

  38. postedFeb 4, 2013 6:11 AM

    I made these for a superbowl party – made a big foccacia rather than the baguette, my buddy made the guac, these went VERY FAST. Made like a bruschetta/tomato mixture with garlic and basil….DELISH!

  39. postedMar 5, 2013 9:33 PM
    Heide M.

    Sounds interesting,and tasty.

  40. postedMar 20, 2013 1:13 PM

    we are having a spring break party tonight with 2 other couples. Each of us has to bring a drink, appetizer and dessert we’ve never made. This is my appetizer… and I am SOOO excited to try it!! Thanks for mixing it up – it will go great wth the margaritas my friend is bringing!

    • postedMar 21, 2013 4:19 AM

      Let me know how everyone liked it!

  41. postedNov 16, 2013 12:28 PM
    Bernie Brown

    I live in a senior hi-rise building; To come up with things to do and not have the time get late, I form a group called The Party Planners. We put on an Hors d oeuvre Party and timed it for 5:00 PM. We provided music and are looking for more party games to play besides Charades which was enjoyed. We are planning to have outside entertainers come in. We ask the people coming to bring a “Finger Food” or if not we have a “Good Will” basket, proceeds go purchasing ingredients for punch, plates, cups, flatware etc., and when we have enough money to hire outside entertainers. Thus I am always looking for appetizer recipes that are easy to pick up and eat and hot having to make dips and sauces. I found your site and am going to make some of your recipes. I did make a Spinach Artichoke and Goat Cheese on Puff Pastry which has been requested for each party. I also used the buns from the tubes of bisquits by flattening them flat and put in a large muffin pan, putting a pizza sauce on the bottom of each, adding a piece of pepperoni and a hunk of mozzarella cheese and baked them for 15 minutes. they too were well liked. So I wanted to thank you for your recipes.

    • postedNov 17, 2013 9:48 PM

      You’re welcome!

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