30 grams butter
1 brown onion, very thinly sliced
1 sprig thyme
2 rashers bacon, rind removed
2 thick slices sourdough
4 slices Edam cheese
Heat a small frying pan over medium heat. Add butter and once melted, add onion and thyme, season with salt and pepper and sauté for 6-7 minutes stirring often or until caramelised.
Heat a char-grill pan over high heat until hot. Add bacon, cook for 3-4 minutes turning once or twice or until beginning to crisp. Remove to a plate. Reduce heat to medium-low. Brush one side each slice bread with oil.
Add one slice of sourdough, oil side down to pan, top with caramelized onion, two slices cheese and bacon then remaining two slices cheese and sandwich with remaining slice of bread, oil side up.
Place a small plate on top of panini, weigh down with something heavy. Cook 2-3 minutes until golden. Turn and cook a further 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread golden. Slice panini in half and serve.
bacon recipe courtesy of: Shane Delia, for Ready Steady Cook, June 8, 2009