Camembert grilled cheese with bacon, apple, and thyme sitting on a white counter next to a red apple and a large jar of honey in front of a white hexagonal backsplash

Camembert Grilled Cheese with Crispy Bacon, Apple & Thyme

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CAMEMBERT! Why have I never eaten this cheese before? It is insanely good, and perfect for this grilled cheese with crispy bacon, thin apple slices, fresh thyme and a drizzle of honey. I’m still smiling just thinking about it. In limited experience, this cheese seems to be a lot like brie, but a little creamier and slightly more pungent. The softness makes it really easy to spread, which is great for this recipe. This fancy camembert grilled cheese was just what I needed to get me going on this rainy, dreary day.

I was super hungry making this lunch, so I wanted to save myself some time. I remembered getting pretty decent results cooking bacon in the oven back in college, and I quickly tracked down this baked bacon recipe on Well Plated by Erin. So easy, and so delicious. Set your oven to 400 degrees and cook the bacon over a rack set inside a sheet pan until it is nice and crispy and done to your liking. That is it!

My husband truly makes the best bacon I have ever had in my life, so I hardly ever touch it. Cooking perfect bacon takes some serious patience. His is endless, and mine is basically not a thing. Dylan’s slow fried bacon still wins, but I was really impressed with the results of this method, especially since the cooking process is essentially effortless. It is also a lot healthier to leave all that excess grease behind! I honestly don’t think I’ll ever fry bacon again. I used two slices of bacon on this sandwich, but you could easily cut that to one if you wanted to cut some calories. Your grilled cheese will still be delicious!

I tend to want a ton of cheese on just about anything I am eating, but this cheese is VERY rich so keep that in mind when making your sandwiches. The apple slices and honey add a good amount of sweetness to balance out the intense cheese and salty bacon. This grilled cheese is over the top. I hope you enjoy. Post in the comments if you have a favorite fancy grilled cheese combo. I’d love to get some new ideas 🙂

Inspired by Half Baked Harvest’s French Onion and Apple Grilled Cheese.

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camembert grilled cheese with bacon apple and thyme cooking on the stove in a cast iron skillet.

Camembert Grilled Cheese with Apple, Bacon & Thyme

  • Author: Katelyn
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 1 1x


Golden, crusty grilled cheese filled with melted camembert, crispy bacon, thinly sliced apples, and a drizzle of honey. 


  • 2 slices of bread, preferably french or sourdough
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 package of camembert cheese 
  • 2 slices uncured applewood smoked bacon
  • 8 thin slices of honeycrisp apple 
  • drizzle of honey


Ingredient prep photo including crispy bacon, fresh thyme, apple, camembert cheese, honey, and sourdough bread on a wood cutting board

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Allow butter and camembert to soften at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
  3. Place bacon on an ovenproof rack set inside a sheet pan and cook in 400 degree oven for about 18 minutes. Start checking every few minutes around the 10 minute mark.
    2 pieces of crispy bacon on wire rack set over sheet pan
  4. Mix butter and fresh thyme together with fork until well combined.
    Teal colored bowl filled with thyme herb butter on wood cutting board with silver fork
  5. Cover one side of each slice of bread with herb butter.
    two slices of sourdough bread covered with thyme herb butter sitting on a wood cutting board in front of a orange and teal bowl
  6. On the non-buttered side of each piece of bread, spread a layer of camembert cheese. Add a very light drizzle of honey on one side.
    2 slices of sourdough bread covered with camembert cheese and a drizzle of honey sitting on a wood cutting board alongside a jar of honey
  7. Add a layer of very thin apple slices to each piece of bread.
    Two slices of bread on a wood cutting board layered with camembert cheese and thin apple slices
  8. Add bacon slices in the center and assemble the sandwich by combining each half.
  9. Cook the grilled cheese butter side down in a cast iron skillet over medium low heat for several minutes per side and until golden brown. Cut in half and enjoy!
    camembert grilled cheese with bacon apple and thyme cooking on the stove in a cast iron skillet.
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: Sandwiches

Keywords: camembert grilled cheese

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