Sausage, Jalapeno & Garlic Cheddar Grilled Cheese

I was warned.

 

I was warned to be careful when I chopped jalapeños.  I was warned that they are very hot and leave behind a trail of delicious spicy poison.  I warned my mother to not eat the cheese off of the cutting board where I, prior to cutting the cheese, had sliced the jalapeños.  She didn't listen.  And she doesn't like spicy things.

I was warned that if I sliced these peppers I should not touch my eyes, but I didn't listen.  And I rubbed.  But grilled cheese.  Let's talk.

There isn't one person I know who doesn't undoubtedly not like it.  So first thing's first:  Buy some specialty cheese.  Do it just this once.  I personally dig garlic and herb cheddar.  The meat comes next:  cow, pig, chicken, turkey, bacon.  I usually go with sausage.  I'm telling you, this is a real man's meal.  Add a tomato or two for show then throw on the jalapeños.  It's a must.

Don't give this grilled cheese to anyone who doesn't deserve it.

 

Sausage, Jalapeño & Garlic Cheddar Grilled Cheese

(yields 2 sandwiches)

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil

meat leftovers, thinly sliced (anything works)

1 medium jalapeño, sliced

4 slices whole wheat bread

3 tablespoons butter, divided

2/3 cup garlic & herb cheddar cheese, grated (or cheese of choice)

1 fresh ripe vine tomato, sliced

PREPARATION:

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.  Once sizzling, add meat if it needs cooking time.  Add sliced jalapeños to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally as to not burn the pepper.

Meanwhile, lightly butter one side of each slice of bread.  When cooked through, transfer meat and peppers to a dish.  Place 2 bread slices butter-side-down in the pan.  Turn heat to low.  Sprinkle a layer of cheese on each side, then add the meat.  Any meat.  All meat.

Distribute the jalapeños evenly, then place sliced tomatoes on top.  Add another layer of whatever cheese is remaining, then top each sandwich with the butter-sided bread facing up.

Cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown.  Flip each sandwich and cook the other side for another few minutes, until the cheese is melted on the inside.  Remove from heat and serve immediately.