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Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
with roasted sweet potatoes

Active: 40 Total: 40

This spicy, creamy grilled cheese is like a jalapeno popper in sandwich form. Serving roasted sweet potatoes on the side will help to balance the heat. A version of this meal was first featured in 2022.
Smarts: If you want to keep the spice to a minimum, slice the jalapenos lengthwise and remove the seeds first. If you want even more spice, keep the seeds in and try these sandwiches with spicy pepper jack cheese. 



Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese:
  • Cheese, white cheddar or provolone - 8 oz , shredded (sub pepper jack for even more spice)
  • Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
  • Jalapenos - 4 , thinly slice; cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds before slicing for less heat
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Bread, sliced sourdough - 8 slices
  • Cream cheese - 2 oz
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb , peeled and cubed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp


  1. Sweet potatoes / Cheese / Garlic / Jalapenos - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating first.) Prep as directed. (If you’d like more heat in the jalapenos, leave the seeds in. For less heat, cut in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds before slicing into thin pieces.) Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C.

  2. Toss sweet potatoes with cooking oil (portion for sweet potatoes) and season with some salt and pepper. Spread out on a sheet pan in an even layer (use two sheet pans if needed to prevent overcrowding). Roast until golden and crispy, shaking the pan halfway through, 18 to 22 minutes.

  3. While sweet potatoes roast, butter one side of all slices of bread. Lay out bread on a sheet pan or cutting board, buttered-side down.

  4. Next, warm cream cheese in the microwave just until soft, ~30 seconds. Stir in garlic and cheese. Spread cheese mixture evenly over half the slices of bread. Set aside.

  5. Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil (portion for grilled cheese) and then jalapeno slices in a single layer. Sear jalapenos until tender and starting to brown in spots, 3 to 4 minutes. Season lightly with some salt and then flip and sear on the other side.

  6. Spread cooked jalapenos out on top of cheese mixture, leaving griddle on medium heat.

  7. Top sandwiches with remaining slices of bread, buttered-side up.

  8. Place sandwiches onto heated surface and cook on both sides until the bread is golden and the filling is melted, pressing down gently throughout the grilling process. It should take 4 to 5 minutes per side, depending on the heat of the pan.

  9. Serve sandwiches with sweet potatoes on the side. Enjoy!



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