Introduction: Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich

They say that some like it HOT...Are you a heat seeker? Do you love classic comfort foods like grilled cheese? Or are you just a lover of those fried, crunchy and creamy little jalapeno poppers? If you said yes to any of these questions you NEED to try this Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich! Everyone's heat level is different, so this Instructable will help guide you to create a perfectly spicy fit, from mild to FIRE!

You Need:

  • 1-2 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 2 Slices of Bread, lightly toasted
  • 2 Tbs Cream Cheese
  • 1/4c Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • Fry Pan with Lid

Step 1: Pick Your Heat Level

Before you start cooking, you need to know how HOT or MILD you want your grilled cheese to be! Here's a guideline to help you prep and prepare your jalapenos for a grilled cheese perfect for you!

Mild: Use 1/2 Jalapeno, Seeded

Medium Mild: Use 1 Jalapeno, seeded

Medium:Use 2 Jalapenos, Seeded

Medium Hot: 1 seeded Jalapeno, and 1/2 un-seeded Jalapeno

Hot: Use 1 un-seeded Jalapeno and 1 seeded Jalapeno

Fire: Use 2 full, un-seeded jalapenos

Step 2: Prep the Jalapenos

First you need to cut off the stems and half the peppers lengthwise. Now, check your preferred heat level! If you want anything other than HOT/FIRE you need to cut out some or all the seeds! If you're de-seeding, carefully cut/scoop out the seeds. Make sure to be careful when cutting these peppers, especially when you plan to cut/scrape out the seeds. The juices will linger on your hands, even after washing them! You might want to use gloves when cutting the peppers, especially if you wear contacts!!

Once the peppers are cut (and seeded if need be) put them skin side down on a pan and bake them for 10-15 minutes at 400F until the peppers are tender and remove them from the oven. Let them cool for 5 minutes or until cool enough to handle and julienne the peppers into small strips.

Step 3: Assemble the Sandwich

Take your cream cheese and soften it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. This helps make it easier to spread. Spread half of the cream cheese on each piece of lightly toasted bread. Sprinkle 1/2 the Cheddar Cheese on one piece of cream cheese coated toast. Add your desired amount of roasted peppers on top of the shredded cheese, followed by the remaining shredded cheese. Top with the remaining piece of toast coated in cream cheese, with the cheese side facing the inside of the sandwich.

Step 4: Grill That Spicy Cheese!!

Heat a fry pan over medium/medium low heat. Its important to cook it low and slow to melt all the cheese and prevent this glorious sandwich from burning! Once your pan is hot, add 1 Tbs of butter and swirl it around the pan. Place your sandwich in the pan, cover it and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the grilled cheese and add 1 more Tbs of butter. Again swirl the butter around the pan and replace your sandwich, flipped over to cook the other side. Cover and cook for another 3 minutes. Remove the grilled cheese and ENJOY!!!

If you're a big heat seeker, check out my Habanero Bombers instructable!!

OR catch other versions of Jalapeno Poppers with a party friendly Jalapeno Popper Dip and savory Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese!

Comments

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BeadsNyarn (author)2016-05-06

This looks yummy!

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nancygarcia (author)2016-04-25

Grilled cheese is a favorite in our household. I love that we can change the heat index on it! The cream cheese and shredded cheddar is a yummy combination.

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Kurt E. Clothier made it! (author)2016-04-06

I got around to trying this last night - it was super delicious, as expected!

A couple of things I did differently:
- Used a slice of cheese on one side (because I ran out of shredded)..
- Did not pre-toast the bread
- Sprayed the pan, and pre-buttered the bread
- Sprinkled garlic powder on the buttered bread

I decided to go ahead and butter the bread since I'm comfortable doing that. I spread the butter, added garlic, and spread the cream cheese first (stacking the buttered piece up) then built the sandwiches inside the pan. I've never pre-made the whole sandwich before toasting, and I didn't need to do this one either. :)

Other variations:
- My wife (who doesn't care too much for the heat, but still really liked this sandwich) thought it might be better to dice the peppers instead, mixing them into the softened cream cheese. Then, the mixture could be spread over the bread for more even coverage and less pepper handling. Although, that might affect the texture a bit, and it means everyone will have the same level of heat (unless you mix separate batches).

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I really appreciate the thought and time you put into your comments, I commend you for that! Also- I'm glad you loved it! Your sandwiches look great!

Your modifications sound reasonable, and I bet the addition of garlic powder was amazing. I noticed you said you didn't pre-toast your bread. That's totally fine but there are a few reasons I did this for this grilled cheese (although I've never done it before). #1- I absolutely HATE spreading stuff on the bread I have. The bread is thin, super soft, and every time I spread stuff it rips and such. Lightly toasting (I mean really, really light! My bread doesn't even look toasted in my pictures!) helps give the bread some strength to allow the spreading of the cream cheese. #2- I wanted a nice crunchy feel to the sandwich to really represent a breaded and fried jalapeno popper. This was definitely accomplished using the pre-toast method.

As for your wife's idea, I think its great. It will change the texture sure, but the flavor will be there and that's what really counts in my opinion. To make different heat levels simply make the entire batch at the lowest preferred heat level and assemble that sandwich first. Then add more peppers/seeds to make a hotter one.

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That's kind of what I thought about pret-toasting, but my bread was starting to get a bit hard on its own (oops) and warming up the cream and butter kept it from tearing. I have definitely struggled with that in the past though. Thanks for the reply!

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Erika021084 (author)2016-04-01

This is awesome!!!!!!! Will be trying it for dinner!! Awesome job looks yummy!!

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MaddieJ3 (author)Erika0210842016-04-01

Thanks!! What heat level are you going to try?? I did FIRE, and it was definitely hot as fire! Post a picture if you make it! :)

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javier aguirre (author)MaddieJ32016-04-04

my mouth is watering just from watching this

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MaddieJ3 (author)javier aguirre2016-04-04

Wait till the first bite! Not only will your mouth be watering, but your eyes might too! If you make a FIRE one that is..Haha!

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DaveJ1 (author)2016-04-03

This is simply genius! I really wish I hadn't had lunch already...can't wait to give this a try!

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MaddieJ3 (author)DaveJ12016-04-04

Thanks! I hope you try it! P.S.- there's nothing wrong with grilled cheese for dinner ;)

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Whiz68 made it! (author)2016-04-03

Very Good! Would have been better if I had fresh jalapeños. But it was still good using pickled.

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MaddieJ3 (author)Whiz682016-04-04

Looks great! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Kurt E. Clothier (author)2016-04-01

This looks amazing! I love experimenting with grilled cheese variants - this will definitely have to go into the rotation. (Normally, I butter the bread and add a dash of garlic, then cook butter side down in the pan with a shot of o. oil spray, rather than melting butter in the pan).

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I normally butter my bread first too, but that's when I'm just throwing a slice of cheese in the middle and cooking as I prepare the sandwich. This version of grilled cheese is a bit heavier with the addition of peppers and shredded cheese. If you butter the bread before adding the ingredients it tends to turn into a buttery mess on prep boards. If you butter the bread after adding the ingredients they tend to slip out. Lose, lose. You should give buttering the pan and not the bread a try, it makes it a lot easier! (in my opinion, that is) I enjoy trying different techniques. Often I find there is an easier/better way from my traditional version ;)

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Good points, thanks for the tip.

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No problem! If you try it, make sure to take a picture and tell me how much you love it!

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BrianM139 (author)2016-04-02

Looks delicious!

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MaddieJ3 (author)BrianM1392016-04-02

Tastes even better!!

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Garden Girl Recipes (author)2016-04-02

Looks very yummy!

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It's delicous! You should give it a try ;)

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Bogd_el (author)2016-04-02

Не забывайте только, что для блюд неплохо бы и пригодную воду использовать. Я, например, приобрели систему обратного осмоса в Русфильтре - http://www.rusfilter.ru/obratnyi-osmos/

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Erika021084 (author)2016-04-01

I'll probably try 2 jalapeños with the seeds , my husband has the highest heat tolerance ever, for me I'll probably do 1 without the seeds

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