5.23.2012

Jalapeno Poppers Grilled Cheese

Inspired by:  http://bsinthekitchen.com/jalapeno-popper-grilled-cheese-sandwich/

Okay - I saw this recipe on Pinterest.  (Once again, thank you Pinterest!  Its such a great idea place.) And of course, I couldnt leave it alone.  I had to adapt it and make it my own, to a degree.  I had our date night group in mind from last year and thought what a wonderful Date Night,  late night dinner/snack this would make. 


from bsinthekitchen.com

So here is my version.   

6-8 medium sized jalapenos.
2 T olive oil
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 T Sweet Vidalia Onion Dressing
2 T Chives, chopped
6 slices of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 Package of real bacon peices.
4 slices of Monteray Jack Cheese (not the processed kind, but the good deli slices. 
 You can pick your favorite cheese to shred on top too, if you wish. 
4-6 pieces of bakery sour dough bread (large long, slices)
Butter, softened

First - Place the jalapenos on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil.  Add a little salt and pepper.  Roast under a high broiler (or on a hot grill) for about 5-7 minutes, making sure to turn, to blister all sides.  Remove and cool slightly.  Slice the top off the pepper, then cut the jalapeno lengthwise, down the center, splitting into two pieces.  Using your knife, scrape out the seeds and membrane from the pepper. 
Unless you want it with a real bite, make sure you get all the seeds and membrane.  Flatten the pepper with your knife.  

In a small mixing bowl, add the soft cream cheese, dressing, chives and sun dried tomatoes.  Mix together until well incorporated and smooth.  Make sure your cream cheese if soft, so you dont have a lumpy spread.  Then take one slice of bread and spread the cream cheese over the top.  How much and how thick, will be your preferance.  Depending on the size of your bread slices and how thick you want the cheese spread to be, you will be able to make anywhere from 3-5 sandwiches with this recipe. 

Lay the jalapeno slices on top of the cream cheese mix.  Making sure they are flat and covering as much area as possible.Place the cheese slices (or shreddeed cheese) on top of the jalapeno slices, making sure to cover the entire piece of bread.

Sprinkle real bacon pieces over the cheese, covering the entire sandwich. 

Cover the sandwhich with a second slice of bread.  If you want, you can also spread some cream cheese on the inside part of this piece of bread as well.   Butter the top peice of bread, on the outside. 

Place the sandwhich onto a hot griddle or teflon pan, buttered side down.  Once the sandwich is securely in place, butter the remaining side.  When sandwich has been nicely brown and cheese is melting, turn over and grill the remaining side, making sure not to overcook, but getting the bread nice and crunchy.

Remove from pan. 

Enjoy!

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