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Kicked Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Jalapenos

By aggieskitchen |

Grilled cheese is just classic. What’s not to love about it? Two toasted buttered slices of bread hugging creamy, glorious cheese. Sigh. I could eat grilled cheese pretty much any time, any day.

If you really think about it though, grilled cheese is like a blank canvas. You can do so much with it. I love seeing creative grilled cheese creations on menus, on blogs, in magazines. One of the best grilled cheeses I had was a couple of years ago at a restaurant in Napa that I just adored named Hurley’s. We arrived into town very late, and they were the only restaurant still open, well, their bar was. I ordered a simple grilled cheese and out came a plate with grilled ciabatta bread filled with mozzarella, tomato and pesto and sprinkled with sea salt. I fell in love.

I’m totally rambling because this grilled cheese has nothing to do with Hurley’s grilled cheese. It does support my notion though, that grilled cheese can be as simple or as extravagant as you want it to be…and this Kicked Up Grilled Cheese with Jalapenos fits about perfectly in between.

Kicked Up Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen

sliced whole wheat or white bread
block mild cheddar cheese, shredded
fresh jalapenos, seeded and sliced
red onion, sliced thin
salt and pepper to taste
cooking spray

In a warm skillet coated with cooking spray, add sliced onions and cook over medium heat until they start to soften, about 10 minutes. Add sliced jalapenos and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Season with a little salt and pepper. Set aside and carefully clean out skillet with a paper towel.

Place shredded cheddar on 1 slice bread. Spread 1 tablespoon caramelized onions and jalapeno mixture on top of cheese and top with a little more shredded cheese, then another slice of bread. Spread a very thin layer of butter on both outer sides of sandwich.

Spray a nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray (optional) and heat until hot. Place sandwich on griddle. Lower heat to medium-low and grill until underside is a deep brown but not burnt and cheese is partially melted, about 5 to 6 minutes. Carefully flip sandwich and grill other side, an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Slice in half and serve hot.

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Aggie Goodman was a regular contributor to Babble's Family Kitchen. Her staples included some gorgeous dishes — like salmon with tropical fruit salsa or a kicked-up cucumber salad — as well as behind-the-scenes looks at what goes into making them. More of her recipes can be found on her personal blog, Aggie's Kitchen. Read bio and latest posts → Read aggieskitchen's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Kicked Up Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Jalapenos

  1. Mom Spark says:

    Ooo, love this idea!

  2. lisa theresa says:

    yummo…..i will be offering this sandwich as a special tomorrow!! and serve it with a homemade corn & chicken chowder

  3. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    I adore grilled cheese too. No matter what the fillings are, you know what I’ve found the secret is? Low heat, and steam created by a lid on the pan. You will never have a gooey-er, cheesier grilled cheese than one cooked on low heat in a single frying pan, covered with a lid.

  4. susan says:

    One step to these grilled cheese sandwiches that is way easier…is to butter the bread BEFORE you assemble the ingredients. Put one buttered slice in the pan, butter side down (obviously), layer your chosen delicious ingredients, and then top with previously buttered other piece of bread….I wonder if most people/cooks do it this way anyway, already….. less chance of ingredient slippage! :)

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