Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese month? That is one month-long celebration that I can get on board with! Ever since my visit to Chicago with Cracker Barrel cheese, I’ve been so excited to get in the kitchen and experiment.
One of my favorite cheeses is pepper jack. I love a little heat every now and then. One of Cracker Barrel‘s newest cheeses is jalapeño. In my opinion, it closely resembles traditional pepper jack. Last night I had a little craving, so I indulged a bit (hence the open package). It was fantastic. Super rich and full of flavor without being too spicy. But you don’t have to trust me on this. Cheese judges from across the world have honored Cracker Barrel. In my opinion, the jalapeño also has amazing flavor. Anyway, this got my brain working and my mouth watering.
Using skills I learned at the food pairing session, I came up with the combination of jalapeño cheese, tart green apples, and bacon. Sounds pretty fabulous, right?
Well, believe me on this one … it is! Apples on grilled cheese are pretty much the best thing ever. The slight sweetness paired with the spicy jalapeño is nothing short of magic. Plus, grilled cheese is one of the easiest things to make. So if you are clueless on what to make for dinner, this is it!
Check out the recipe below:
Jalapeño Bacon Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Here’s what you will need:
1 tablespoon butter
2 slices of whole wheat bread
4-5 slices of Cracker Barrel Jalapeno Cheese
1/2 tart green apple, cored and sliced
2-3 strips bacon, cooked
Let’s get cooking:
Heat a pan over medium heat.
Butter the outside of each slice of bread, place one slice in the pan buttered side down, top with half of the cheese, the apple, bacon, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread with the buttered side facing up.
Grill until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
So what do you think? Will you be giving this fun take on grilled cheese a try?
I am so excited and honored to be selected by BlogHer and Kraft Foods to be an ambassador for Cracker Barrel cheese. While I have been compensated for my time, my opinions are my own.