Friday, August 5, 2011

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

I haven't had a chance to blog much lately, but i guess that tells you how busy and fantastic our summer has been! We went camping recently and I was really hoping to blog some of the camping food we made but I somehow managed to forget my camera at home. We will be going camping again on Thanksgiving weekend and I will definitely be blogging our camp cooking for that.

So I was watching one of those shows on the food network about guys who go around looking for the biggest greasiest worst food they can find and try to eat it all. I can't quite remember which one (I hate those shows), anyways I just had it on in the background and they mentioned something about jalapeno poppers, yummm and of course the craving hit me like a tonne of bricks.
Who doesn't love jalapeno's smothered in cream cheese?
Later on Dan and I were watching Master Chef (we are addicted to this show) and they had a challenge to make the best grilled cheese and tomato soup combo (again YUM right!!).
Well as you all probably know by now Dan is brilliant  and he put these two things together and decided we should make a Jalapeno Popper grilled cheese for dinner last night. I owe him for this one! What a delicious idea.

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese

Makes 2 sandwiches
  • 4 slices of good sourdough bread
  • 3 fresh jalapenos
  • 3tbs cream cheese
  • 3 slices Monterey jack cheese
  • butter or margarine 

    Cut your jalapenos in half lengthwise and place them cut side down on a baking sheet. (if you would like it to be on the spicier side leave the seeds in for this part, if you want a little spice but not too much, seed them after you cut them) We took the seeds out and really didn't find it that spicy at all, I will probably leave some in next time.
    Turn your oven on to BROIL and put the pan with the jalapenos in for 10-15 minutes or untill the skin looks black.
    Take the jalapenos out of the oven once the skin is blackened and place the peppers in a zip lock bag and let them cool until you are able to handle them.

    In the mean time, butter one side of each piece of bread (this is the side that will be on the pan.) On the opposite side of one of the pieces for each sandwich spread a thick layer of cream cheese.
    Once your jalapenos are cool, take the skin off (it should come right off after sitting in the bag) and lay them flat ontop of the cream cheese we used 3 half's per sandwich.
    Next put a slice and a half of jack cheese and your other piece of bread.
    Place your sandwiches in a large frying pan on medium heat. Cook each side until golden brown.

    We had ours with a salad and some ancho chipotle dressing.

    Now enjoy your ooey gooey, crunchy, spicy sandwich. 

    This may possibly be the simplest thing I have ever blogged but I couldn't pass up putting it on here! Try it, change it, keep it the same, what ever. That is the beauty of cooking. Anything you make can be altered and tweaked to make it yours. If you do try any of my recipes please comment I love to hear what people think even if (especially) if you changed something or if you found a way to improve it.

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