When the folks at Tillamook approached me several weeks ago to participate with them and other blogs in celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month in Grilled Cheese Recipepalooza of course I said yes; who doesn’t love that combo of butter toasted bread with some gooey cheese melted inside. I hoped that they would love my take on something new for me and it does seem that my Apple, Pancetta and Sharp Cheddar on a Grilled Croissant sandwich has been well received. I know it might be my most favorite grilled cheese ever!
Though the apple/cheddar/croissant match was magical…I could not quite get over the other sandwich I thought of doing; well, actually did. The problem? I’ve lately been using Google ‘after’ I finish making a recipe to see what else is out there like it. I’m a strong believer that it’s next to impossible to make something totally and completely unique anymore and this exercise often proves that point so I wasn’t surprised to have that confirmed with my new search practice.
Still…I was a bit surprised to see that indeed, what I thought a new spin on a Patty Melt was in fact widespread; as in Carl’s Junior widespread. Sigh. Pepper Jack cheese and jalapenos even. I won’t deny I was a bit bummed especially since I had really loved it…still, on the back burner it went. Then I made it for some friends who 1. Also LOVED it and 2. Like me, had never been to a Carl’s Junior. They convinced me to share it on my blog; for their sake. Besides, though this photo of the Carl’s Junior Southwest Patty Melt looked OK; it just screamed ‘food styling’ and we didn’t see someone eating it after the photo was finished. Here? It’s always a race to get it made, put together and photographed right before someone takes a big bite…but I hope it looks more ‘real’ too!
By the way, if you aren’t familiar with Tillamook cheeses, well you should be; they are one of my favorite brands. In my own personal effort to know more about the food products that I eat and the companies that produce them, Tillamook measures up. They have a strong commitment to local and state dairy associations and to the quality of their product, expecting that anyone supplying them with milk has been certified that their milk producing cows have not been treated with artificial growth hormones. I appreciate attention to those values and the ultimate benefit to all of us. That I love how it tastes is a given. 🙂
NOTE: This recipe calls for grilled onions; make your favorite recipe or if you need inspiration, take a peek at our recipe for making caramelized onions overnight in a crockpot or if you prefer a stovetop recipe, here is one from Simply Recipes.
Jalapeno Pepper Patty Melt for National Grilled Cheese Month
A patty melt with attitude using pepper jack cheese and jalapeno peppers.
- 1/4 to 1/3 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup grilled onions
- 2 slices Tllamook Pepper Jack cheese
- 1 cored and sliced jalapeno pepper
- 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tsp stone ground mustard
- Hot sauce
- Using large frying pay, melt 1 tsp of butter and brown the inside edges of bun. (I've found this really helps to keep your bun from getting soggy!) Remove bun to a plate.
- Prepare a patty from the ground chuck and grill or fry it to desired doneness.
- In same pan, heat up the grilled onions and add the jalapeno slices to the pan to warm and soften a bit. I cooked my burger inside so did all three of these tasks at one time in the same pan.
- When the burger, onions and jalapenos are done; remove them to a plate. Wipe out the skillet. Melt 1 tsp of butter in the center of the pan and put the bottom side of the bun on the butter.
- Layer with sliced pepper jack cheese, then burger, onions, another slice of cheese and jalapeno pepper slices.
- Mix the mayonnaise, stone ground mustard and hot sauce to taste in a small bowl. Spread the inside of the top bun with this mixture and then top the patty with the bun.
- Heat on low to medium heat, covered with a lid or a piece of aluminum foil.
- Once cheese has visibly melted on the bottom, remove the sandwich, melt another teaspoon of butter on the bottom of the pan.
- Flip the patty melt over and continue heating until the cheese starts to melt. Remove the burger, plate and cut the sandwich in half.
Some more grilled cheese sandwiches you might enjoy:
Disclosure: I was provided with the cheese for this post from Tillamook Cheese. All recipes and opinions are my own.