The Ultimate Grilled Cheese: White Cheese, Pepperoni and Jalapeño

I’m really going all out for Nation Grilled Cheese month this year. I mean what is not to love? Melty cheese, carbs, butter and whatever else I can dream up, yes please! I did a breadless grilled cheese round up earlier this month. But this, THIS, grilled cheese is for you traditionalists.

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This ultimate grilled cheese has not one, not two but THREE pieces of sourdough. Layers of white cheese, jalapeños and pepperoni to boot.

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For this recipe you’ll need:
3 pieces of sourdough bread
Fresh jalapeño slices
Pepperoni
Butter
Thinly sliced muenster and jack cheeses

Makes one very large, delicious, grilled cheese sandwich.

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Butter the outside of the bread and lay it flat in the pan. Layer fresh jalapeños and jack cheese.

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Add the middle piece of bread, then layer the muenster and pepperoni.

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Layer another piece of sourdough with the outside buttered. Cook over medium heat until edges are browned. Flip and repeat. If a little cheese bubbles out and get crispy… consider yourself lucky.

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Now it’s time to dig into this melty goodness. Best served with a beer.

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Stacks on stacks on stacks.

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Ok I have to stop typing. Think I just drooled all over this keyboard.

Enjoy!

Chocolate, Brie and Basil Panini

I got creative with paninis again. Really just love a grilled sandwich, although this is more like a dessert…

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You’ll need:
Bread (I used sourdough)
Brie cheese
Chocolate (milk or dark)
Fresh Basil
Butter

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Butter your bread!

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Slice the Brie. I left the rind on, personal preference.

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Heat up the panini maker! You can also use a George Foreman grill or make it in the skillet like a grilled cheese.

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Place bread butter side down. Stack on the Brie!

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Tear up some fresh basil and add it on.

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I’ve got a golden ticket!

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I used milk chocolate simply because I don’t care for the bitterness of dark chocolate. However, after trying this with the creaminess of the Brie, dark chocolate would have been a nice compliment.

I also sprinkled a little kosher salt and fresh pepper on, nice little salty and spice.

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Time to toast!

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Let that sit for a few minutes.

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Golden perfection.

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Slice in half.

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Enjoy this sweet, buttery panini!