Apparently April is National Grilled Cheese Month! I have never heard of this before, but who am I to complain? I love me a grilled cheese sandwich, so I thought I better squeeze this Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe in before the month officially comes to a close.
There’s something extremely comforting about eating grilled cheese. My grandma used to make grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for us every Sunday after we got home from church. I would always be absolutely staaarving (as children usually think they are) and subsequently thought that a can of Campbell’s soup and a regular grilled cheese sandwich never tasted better.
It’s pretty hard to mess up grilled cheese. Melty cheese + bread = a solid win. However, I distinctly remember the grilled cheese served in my school’s cafeteria lunches. They called it “toasted cheese,” which is a bit of a red flag. Why not just call it grilled cheese? What have you done to destroy this holy classic sandwich? Looking back, I think the problem was that it had too much cheese. Which may sound strange. But really, with cafeteria lunches, anything is possible. However, let’s turn away from the mistake grilled cheeses and turn to the right one.
A few weeks ago, I ventured to a quaint restaurant, Pop’s, which exclusively sells grilled cheese and homemade ice cream. The idea is pretty great. I tried a grilled cheese with jalapeños and cream cheese. It was good and I loved the idea, so of course I wanted to re-create it myself. I use fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, freshly grated cheddar cheese, and a pinch of chili powder, which really takes this up a notch.
Jalapeño, Cream Cheese, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Makes 2 sandwiches
4 slices bread
2 tablespoons cream cheese
pinch chili powder
1/2 jalapeño pepper, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Put the cream cheese in a small bowl and microwave it for 20 seconds, until softened. Add the chili powder and chopped jalapeño pieces. Spread 2 slices of bread with the cream cheese mixture. Top each slice with 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese and remaining 2 slices of bread. Butter both sides of the sandwich with softened butter and sprinkle lightly with garlic powder. Grill the sandwich for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown and the cheese is melted.