Pear Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese

This pear bacon and brie grilled cheese with caramelized onions is sweet, salty and cheesy making it the ultimate grilled cheese.

You know how people experience weight loss plateaus? They’re eating right but the scale doesn’t budge for weeks on end. Well, I’m currently experiencing the Crossfit version of that right now.

This pear bacon and brie grilled cheese with caramelized onions is sweet, salty and cheesy making it the ultimate grilled cheese.

Monday we did Karen: 150 wallballs. For you non-crossfitters that means picking up a 14 pound medicine ball, squatting with it and throwing it 10 feet in the air against a wall, catching it and repeating 149 more times as fast as you can.

My time was 9:26.

I got home, wrote it down in my little book and then looked back to see what my last time was. 9:25. Sweet, no progress.

Yesterday we did max height box jumps. Last time we did this was in October, I got 34 inches. What’d I get yesterday?

34 inches and nicely bruised shin attempting 34.5″.

When it comes to putting a barbell over my head, I’ve been stuck at 108-113 pounds for months. Push press, push jerk, thruster, split jerk, over head squat…all the same.

Stuck, stuck, stuck.

Pear Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese on sourdough bread

Just like a weight loss plateau, I’m showing up, doing my thing and seeing no progress.

I’m annoyed.

Pear Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese with caramelized onions

The only thing that’s missing is my diet.

I could be way more on point with that than I am but then things like pears, brie and bacon float around in my head and I decide it would be a good idea to sandwich them with some caramelized onions between two pieces of sourdough bread, eat it and tell you about it.

Pear bacon and brie grilled cheese > barbells.

But seriously, 115 pounds overhead would be nice.

Yield: 1 serving

Pear Bacon and Bried Grilled cheese

Pear Bacon and Bried Grilled cheese

This pear, bacon and brie grilled cheese with caramelized onions is sweet, salty and cheesy, the ultimate grilled cheese.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes


  • 2 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 a ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 4 large slices of brie
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked until crispy


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Melt butter and add onions and rosemary. Cook, stirring only a few times until caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  2. Butter one side of each piece of bread.
  3. Lay half the cheese on the non-buttered side of one slide of bread.
  4. Add half the caramelized onions on top of the cheese.
  5. Add the pear slices on top of the onions.
  6. Add the remaining cheese slices and then the bacon and remaining onions.
  7. Top with remaining slice of bread leaving the buttered side up.
  8. Place the sandwich in a large skillet over medium-high heat, press down firmly with a spatula or heavy object to help brown the bread and melt the cheese. Cook on one side for about 3 minutes, flip and do the same on the other side.
  9. Cut in half and serve warm.


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  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    As much as 115lbs would be nice, I am SO glad that you decided to go with the pear, bacon, brie sandwiched between glorious carbs instead. I seriously can’t think of a better combo…and these photos are gorgeous! I could never style a sandwich so pretty!

  2. Nutmeg Nanny

    You’re such a rockstar. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t lift 50lbs over my head :) This panini looks awesome and I’m loving the addition of sweet and savory. I need this sandwich in my life!

  3. Erin

    I do CrossFit also and just wanted to say that those are pretty awesome weights regardless. I can’t even fathom being at that level. And the sandwich looks incredible!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Thanks Erin :) Weights are all relative though…we’re each at our own spot and getting stuck at 65 pounds or 165 pounds is still frustrating!

  4. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    haha… bacon > barbells. love it. hang in there girl! You’ll get it! and it’ll just make that 115 that much sweater! I feel this way about jackie. I can do it after 3 days rest or 4 days of wods in a row, when i’m tired, when i’m rested, when i’m sick, when i’m healthy and i always get the exact.same.time. it is SO annoying!

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Now I want to do Jackie! I don’t think I’ve ever actually done that one before.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Thanks, Allie. You’ll get there, just takes time (and hopefully no plateaus ;))

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  8. Aparna B.

    Giiiiirl, you are amazing. My coworker is all about cross fit now. She’s always been relatively healthy, a marathon runner and stuff, but she wanted something more challenging and competitive (competitions with herself – lol) so she’s doing cross fit. She’s loving it and she is losing inches and getting some amazing tone-age. So women like you guys are my heroes. Me? I’m just happy I lost 10 pounds and have stuck to my diet/exercise regime for as long as I have so far. It isn’t easy and it kind of sucks to be honest, but now I’m 10 pounds from my goal weight and I know it’s only going to get harder. I’m glad you take time to share recipes like this, though. And share what you’re going through in your fitness. Makes it easier to relate to knowing we’re not alone even if it’s about fitness on two separate sides of the spectrum. Keep it up. I have no doubt in my mind you’ll lift 115 lbs with as much ease as it is to pick up and eat this yummy-looking grilled cheese :)

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