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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese loaded with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños and bacon. 

Jalapeño Poppers are one of my favorite appetizers and grilled cheese is one of my favorite sandwiches. The two collide in this epic Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese.

I got the idea for this Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese after I made this Jalapeño Popper Cheese Bread way back when. The cheese bread is great for parties and game day celebrations, but I wanted something I could serve for dinner too so I turned it into a sandwich.  There is one small, albeit delicious, difference between the cheese bread and this sandwich though…

BACON.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese loaded with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños and bacon.

Remember a few years ago when bacon was everywhere? I mean there was bacon bourbon, bacon salt and chocolate bacon. I even have an I Love Bacon shirt that I used to wear to my Barre class to remind myself why I was there. There is a simple reason for this of course: Bacon makes everything better. This Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese is just another example. Seriously, guys. Bacon and cheese and jalapeños, grilled cheese doesn’t get much better.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese loaded with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños and bacon.

When making this Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese, you have to got to make sure that you pick up some rustic bread to go with it. I adore the Como bread from Grand Central Baking Company but I’m pretty sure you can only get it in Seattle and Portland. If you can’t find it where you are, just make sure that the bread you choose has a pretty crunchy outer crust and you don’t want the inside to be too soft. I say this because, there is quite a bit of creamy cheesiness going on in this sandwich and you need a hearty bread to stand up to it all.

Plus, nothing beats biting into a buttery, crunchy sandwich with a cheesy, melty inside.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese loaded with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños and bacon.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

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Serves 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:

Ingredients:

  • 6 slices bacon, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 8 slices crusty Italian Bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter

Instructions

1

Cook bacon until browned and cooked through.

2

Combine bacon, cheddar, mayonnaise, jalapeños and cream cheese together in a bowl. Mix well.

3

To assemble sandwich: spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. Spread 1/4 of the mixture on the non-buttered side. Top with another slice of bread. Repeat until 4 sandwiches are made.

4

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and cook sandwiches until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted, about 3 minutes per side. Serve.

Notes

Enjoy!

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