Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese - Soup and Sandwich Series

Hi!  It's Mary from Sweet Little Bluebird!  It's my turn to share for the Cafe's Soup and Sandwiches Series.  Today I'm sharing a sandwich that is sure to knock your socks off! Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese with Raspberry Dipping Sauce!

This is not an original.  I have seen Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches all over Pinterest - the most popular one is from ClosetCooking (love Kevin's food blog).  I cheated when I made my sandwich.  Instead of roasting jalapeños, I opted to use canned in my pantry.  If you would like to roast your own, it's so simple to do, head to ClosetCooking for the easy directions.  I also never measure anything when making a sandwich, I just throw it together.  For more precise measurements for the amount of cream cheese, jalapeños and cheddar cheese, head to Kevin's blog.  My sandwich is a little different from Kevin's. Mine doesn't have tortilla chips and I added Monterey Jack Cheese and a dipping sauce.  

Raspberry dipping sauce pairs well with Jalapeño Poppers, so I whipped up an easy sauce with raspberry preserves.  This puts this already scrumptious sandwich over the top!

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Adapted from ClosetCooking 
(adjust quantity of each ingredient to your liking)

  • 2 Slices of Sourdough or Texas Toast Bread (you can use your favorite white bread)
  • Cream Cheese (softened to room temperature) 
  • 2 Slices Bacon (cooked)
  • Jalapeños, approximately 2 roasted (if using canned, enough to have a single layer covering the sandwich)
  • Cheddar Cheese (I use sharp cheddar slices - you can use shredded)
  • Monterey Jack Cheese (optional, sliced or shredded)
  • Butter
Butter the outside of the bread.  On the inside of one slice of bread, spread a good layer of cream cheese.  In layers, add jalapenos, bacon and then top with Monterey Jack and Cheddar Cheese.  Place sandwich in heated skillet over medium heat.  Grill sandwich until nice and toasted on both sides and cheese has melted.    

Easy Raspberry Dipping Sauce
In a small microwave safe bowl, take 2 heaping tablespoons of Seedless Raspberry Preserves and 2 teaspoons of water, mix well with fork and heat in microwave for 20-30 secs.  Remove, mix again and serve with sandwich.  Enjoy!

If you have a favorite soup or sandwich recipe (or both) be sure to come back and link it up Monday, Nov. 4th.  We'd love to see what you've made!

Thanks so much for dropping by the Cafe!

Be sure to check back next Monday to see what Mel from Mellywood's Mansion is sharing!

Have a great week!

Nat, Mary, Heather, Danni and Mel

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  1. If I hadn't come home with a trunk full of elk meat, you know this would be what I was making for supper tomorrow. The husband would never forgive me if I didn't make his favorite protein. Maybe I'll substitute the bacon in this for Elk sausage? :) Really looks good and I am thinking that raspberry dipping sauce is the icing on this sandwich. yum yum yum!

  2. Oh my goodness! This looks so good! I'm sure the raspberry sauce is the perfect compliment to those jalapenos too! Yumm Mary!

  3. How many ways can I say YUM? This looks amazingly delicious!!

  4. Wow Mary dipping sauce you're making me nervous! Jules loves jalapeño he'd love this!

  5. I wasn't into Jalapeno Popper until I tasted thhe Raspberry Dipping Sauce. The sauce makes the dish!
    Thanks for sharing.