Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Asparagus, Bacon, and a Fried Egg

These grilled cheeses are made with gouda cheese, lemony asparagus, bacon, and then topped with a fried egg. They make the perfect springtime brunch!

Course Brunch, Sandwich
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA


  • 1 bunch of asparagus, ends trimmed
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 slices thick, crusty bread
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly grated Gouda cheese
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 fried eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. Preheat oven to 425℉. Place asparagus on a rimmed baking sheet and add the lemon zest, olive oil, and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Roast for 10 minutes.

  2. Butter the outsides of all four slices of bread. Heat a skillet to medium-medium/high heat and add two slices of the bread, butter side down. Sometimes I like to add a little extra butter to the pan too.

  3. Top each bread slice with ¼ of the cheese, then a few stalks of asparagus, two slices (each) of bacon, and the rest of the cheese. Place other bread half on top, butter side up.

  4. Cook the grilled cheeses for a few minutes per side, maybe backing the heat down to medium, depending on your stove, so the bread doesn't get too dark before the cheese melts.

  5. Once cheese is melty and bread is golden, top each sandwich with a fried egg and a sprinkle of chives!