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One of the first things that made me really like Eric when we started dating was when I found out that he was in an exclusive sandwich club. I wasn’t even that serious about cooking when we met in college, but I’ve always been serious about food, so a guy in a sandwich club held definite appeal. He and his roommate, another sandwich club member (okay…so they were the only members) used to always make 3 sandwiches between them, because one wasn’t enough but two was too much, so they went halfsies.

IMG_3046I remember the first time Eric made me a sandwich. I can’t remember what kind it was, but I do know he brought it over to my apartment pre-assembled on a little plate, cut in a perfect diagonal. I thought it was the cutest thing ever.

As sandwich aficionados, we both agree that sometimes it’s hard to beat a classic grilled cheese sandwich. They’re just so simple and full of fat. You can’t argue with it.

IMG_3039But let me introduce you to this Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It’s a regular grilled cheese except it uses artisan bread and has cream cheese jalapeño smear on it. Oh, and crushed tortilla chips to get that extra crunch. (Don’t scoff, I know you put potato chips on your sandwiches when you were a kid). It is surprisingly not that spicy. Removing the seeds from the jalapeños does the trick. If you let the cream cheese mixture sit for a few hours or overnight, then it will definitely be more spicy. I always make it and eat it right away. Make this sandwich for someone. Deliver it on a little plate, cut diagonally. They will love you.

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches from TheFoodCharlatan.com
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Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich. It's a regular grilled cheese except it uses artisan bread and has cream cheese jalapeño smear on it. Oh, and crushed tortilla chips to get that extra crunch.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons seeded and chopped jalapeños, about 2 small jalapeños, or to taste
  • 4 ciabatta sandwich rolls
  • 8 teaspoons butter, softened
  • 16 tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, divided

Instructions

  • Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and chopped jalapeños in a small bowl. Set aside. Preheat skillet over medium heat.
  • Slice each roll in half horizontally, then slice the rounded tops off the ciabatta rolls to make a flat top half. Spread 1 teaspoon butter on the doughy cut side of the bottom bun and 1 teaspoon butter on the now flattened top bun. Place 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture, 1/4 of the crushed chips, and 1/4 of the shredded cheese on the non-buttered side of the bottom bun. Place the top half of the bun on the sandwich and place the sandwich on the hot skillet. Repeat with the other sandwiches.
  • Grill until lightly browned and flip over, about 3 to 5 minutes; continue grilling until cheese is melted and the second side is golden brown.

Notes

Source: slightly adapted from Allrecipes.com

Nutrition

Serving: 1 sandwich, Calories: 502 kcal, Carbohydrates: 37 g, Protein: 16 g, Fat: 33 g, Saturated Fat: 19 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 87 mg, Sodium: 692 mg, Potassium: 155 mg, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Vitamin A: 1158 IU, Vitamin C: 18 mg, Calcium: 286 mg, Iron: 1 mg