Smoky Jalapeno Grilled Cheese With Tomatillos…Food Republic

Food Republic

Food Republic

I’ve said it before and I really mean it…one of my favorite things about writing this blog is all of the new inspiration I’ve found for DIY projects around the house, tips and tricks for updating our living space and food!  I’ve stumbled across some of the most amazing online publications and blogs about food that I never knew existed.  I did a post on risotto from Food 52 that I used for Easter dinner and it was amazing; something I never would have tried had I not discovered it here.

In any case, another incredible food site is Food Republic and this is a recipe for Grilled Cheese…all grown up style!  Get the kids to bed early tonight and “Treat Yo’ Self!” (if you’re a fan of Parks and Recs with Amy Poehler you’ll appreciate that reference) 🙂

Food & Wine Suggested Pairing for Grilled Cheese:  Riesling

Ingredients

1 fresh jalapeno, stem and seeds discarded, minced
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
juice of one lime
1 fresh tomatillo, thinly sliced
1 1/2 ounces mild cheddar, grated
1 1/2 ounces smoked gouda, grated
1 ounce Gruyere, grated
2 slices crusty white bread
2 tablespoons butter
 
Directions: 
  1. Combine jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro and brown sugar. Mix thoroughly and set aside for at least ten minutes.
  2. Using the palms of your hands, lightly press the tomatillo slices between two paper towels to draw out the excess liquid. Set aside.
  3. Sprinkle the cheddar on one of the white bread slices. Drain the jalapenos and cilantro, reserving the lime juice. Sprinkle the jalapeños and cilantro on top of the cheddar cheese. Add the gruyere, followed by the gouda, followed by the tomatillo slices. Put the second slice of bread on top and microwave for twenty seconds to pre-melt the cheese.
  4. Meanwhile, melt one tablespoon butter in skillet over medium heat.  Place the sandwich in the middle of the butter and press on top with a spatula. When the sandwich is flattened, use the spatula (or a butter knife, if you prefer) to spread the remaining butter on top of the sandwich. 
  5. When the bottom half turns a golden color, flip the sandwich. Press down again with the spatula, and fry until the other half is golden brown and the cheese is melted. If necessary, flip the sandwich again to keep it from burning.
  6. Transfer to a plate and cut in quarters. Brush with the reserved lime juice, or set aside for dipping and serve.
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