Sometimes an appetizer is just too good to be left merely as an opening act. Take the lip-smacking jalapeño popper. A delicious bite that combines fresh, spicy peppers and gooey cheese into a fried guilty pleasure deserves more than a bit part in a meal. What better way to transform this snack food than to upgrade it to the best grilled cheese sandwich ever?
Culinary artist and food blogger Chungah from Damn Delicious shared her recipe for this Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich that has us craving it for a number of reasons.
First, it combines two of the greatest cheesy foods ever. Second, she uses a waffle iron to grill the sandwich! A savory sandwich waffle? Yum! Oh, she also adds bacon to the popper-sandwich party. More of this, please!
The ingredients you’ll need are pretty basic: jalapeño peppers, bacon, whole wheat bread, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese. Chunga’s recipe breaks it down for cooks of all abilities to make it super simple to create this masterpiece.
Hint: how you prepare the jalapeño is essential to the flavor of this recipe!
For us, though, it’s all about how Chungah’s jalapeño grilled cheese recipe requires slathering cream cheese onto the slices of bread before they go into the waffle iron. You then stuff them full of all the perfect popper goodness before the waffle iron gets closed. You have to see it to believe it!
Those waffle crevices are the perfect place for the cream cheese and cheddar cheese to fill in with their yumminess.
If this sandwich doesn’t satisfy your jalapeño cravings, then you might want to try a few other recipes we’ve tracked down that give the popper the place it deserves in our dining rooms!
Another appetizer-turned-meal recipe you should consider giving a try is a jalapeño popper stuffed meatloaf from Low Carb Inspirations. You get all the goodness of comfort food wrapped around a cheesy appetizer!
Have fun keeping things cheesy and spicy in the kitchen!