Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

We have some amazing friends that we’ve met since  moving here. They come to help work on the house and they invite us over for dinner, too! The husband is the cook in their family, and he has introduced me to some of my now favorite things. He bestowed the gift of Doobers to me and he also blessed me with the knowledge of Mezzetta’s tamed jalapeno peppers. The jalapenos are the pickled nacho-type but they are are only about a medium on the heat scale. Their flavor is delicious, but the heat is toned down. I like hot things but sometimes the heat is too pronounced and covers up the other flavors. I am in love with these tamed jalapenos and they worked wonderfully in this sandwich.
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon recipe

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon
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Makes 6-8 small sandwiches

1/3 pound bacon, cooked crisp and roughly chopped
1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, roughly chopped
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
scant 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
scant 1/2 tsp. onion powder
12-16 slices of bakery-style french bread, cut 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
room temperature butter

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat. While the griddle is warming combine the bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese, cheddar, garlic powder, and onion powder in a medium bowl and mix to combine well. Butter one side of each piece of bread and then spread a thin layer of the filling mixture on the unbuttered side of half of the slices. Top the filling with a second piece of bread, butter side up, to make a sandwich. Cook the sandwich on the hot griddle for 4-7 minutes per side, until the middle is hot and bubbly and each side of the bread is toasted. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve immediately.

Notes:
I used Mazzetta’s tamed jalapenos, but regular heat would work great too if you like thing hot.
I thought these sandwiches were very rich, so even though they were small, I was satisfied with one and Thomas ate two. A little goes a long way here.
I told a friend about this recipe and he tried it. He used reserved bacon fat instead of butter to toast the sandwiches in! He said it was amazing…artery clogging, but amazing!

Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon recipe

 

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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