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.

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  • Kerry @ Snark and Pepper at

    WHOA! I am dying to try this combination now. I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to heat, but I will just add more bacon to lessen the spice 😉

    Gorgeous pictures, too!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha! More bacon is always a good idea. But this particular cheese isn’t really SUPER spicy. You may love it.


  • Meghan at

    Yum! I love spicy cheese! I will have to try this recipe out!
    Looks delicious Michael!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Haha. Give it a try! You will love it!


  • Anonymous at

    I saw your post this morning and made a vegetarian version of this sandwich for my boyfriend for dinner today. He LOVED it! Sourdough bread, soy “bacon,” Parmesan cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Thanks for this easy and adaptable recipe, and for your fun blog!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oooh! What a great idea! Sounds yummy!

      Thanks so much!


  • JulieD at

    Love this! Looks so good! I definitely want to give this a try–I know I’m crazy and I like turkey bacon so I would try it with that… Great combo, Michael!

  • Elle at

    I made this. It’s as delicious as it looks. The flavor combination is exquisite.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      So true, right!? Glad you loved it!


  • Kevin at

    Add cream cheese and sprouts and you have a spanjo via The Half-Ass in Ann Arbor (though those usually used a sharp cheddar). But, a great variation on a theme here with the pepper jack. You could also try grilling or broiling actual hot peppers and adding those.

  • Honey Pace at

    I love your ideas ~ just want to know how much pull do you have with Kraft ~ down South here in Louisiana a really big Holiday dish is broccoli garlic cheese casserole – as you may know or not know Kraft discontinued their garlic cheese roll ~ even tho they received the wrath of many Southern cooks they refused to keep making it ~ after all this time we are still upset that we can no longer make this dish to the standards that generations of family cooks made this dish ~ with your knowledge can you help me in finding a really good substitute for the very missed Kraft Garlic Cheese roll?
    Thank you,
    Honey Pace

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