Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cooking with Kristin - Jalapeño and Jam Grilled Cheese

Sweet and Spicy Jalapeño and Jam Grilled Cheese

I've made this amazing grilled cheese a few times this week, and posted it on Instagram yesterday, and enough people asked for the recipe that I think it was worth sharing. It's based on my favorite grilled cheese at South, a bar near our apartment. They also do one with chorizo and no jam, which I'm sure is also delicious. This is sweet and spicy and the perfect easy addition to your basic grilled cheese. Enjoy!

Jalapeño and Jam Grilled Cheese (adapted from South)

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 slices of bread (any type you like, but I'd avoid seeds or grains here - I like honey wheat best)
  • 3 slices of American cheese (yellow or white is fine)
  • 1/2 a pickled jalapeño, sliced (you can find these canned in the same aisle as green chilies)
  • 2-3 tablespoons of strawberry jam

Place a slice and a half of cheese on one slice of bread. Sprinkle chopped jalapeño peppers on top of the cheese. Place the other slice and a half on top of the peppers, then top with the second slice of bread.

Fry that baby up on medium in a 1/2 tablespoon of melted butter until it's golden brown, then pick it up with a spatula and add another 1/2 tablespoon of butter before flipping it over. Once both slices are golden brown and your cheese is all melty, you're all set.

Put it on a plate, and spread on two or three tablespoons of strawberry jam. Slice in half on the diagonal and serve with ridged potato chips and a cold drink.

(In the recipe above, I'm assuming you know how to make grilled cheese. If not, visit Grilled Cheese Social for some tips and tricks. The main trick is to use a lot of butter.)

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