I'm just gonna say it. I think 2014 will be the year of the sandwich. You heard it here first. I think sandwiches have gotten a bad reputation since the day Dr. Atkins introduced his diet. It's unfair and I'm calling for a comeback. I do think there are ways that we could be smarter about sandwiches though, such as carefully choosing the type of bread and the ingredients placed on said bread. This, however, is not one of those healthy sandwiches.
I have strong opinions about diets. My bad, "lifestyle eating habits". Stop. Seriously. No one is perfect 100% of the time and frankly I don't want to live a lifestyle that doesn't allow me a sandwich or real freaking ice cream (you can't put a banana in a food processor, freeze it and trick me into thinking it's ice cream. It's pureed frozen banana. Call it what it is), or the occasional sweet.
Ok. Back to the sandwich! A while back I shared my Pimento Cheese recipe. I've kicked it up a notch by adding roasted jalapeño and grilling the bread. Hence my campaign to bring sandwiches back into the American kitchen. It's one of the easiest things to make aside from grating cheese which, if you have a food processor is a snap. Also, I'm jealous. I used my blender to make hummus last night and by the time all was said and done it was making some excruciating noises.
Roasted Jalapeño and Pimento Grilled Cheese Sandwich
1 (8 ounce) block of mild cheddar cheese, grated
1 (4 ounce) jar of pimentos
2 heaping tablespoons mayonaise
2-3 tablespoons sweet pickle juice
2 roasted jalapeño
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub jalapeño lightly with olive oil. Roast in a shallow baking dish for one hour or until skin is charred. Once cooled, de-stem, de-seed and finely dice the jalapeño.
In a medium bowl mix the grated cheese, pimentos, mayonnaise, pickle juice and jalapeño.
For the sandwich:
Heat skillet over medium heat. Brush one side of one slice of bread with butter. Spread Pimento Cheese on the other side. Place butter side down into skillet. Butter one side of another piece of bread. Place onto the sandwich, butter side facing out. Flip the sandwich so both pieces of bread brown evenly. Remove from pan and let rest for a few minutes before slicing. Enjoy!!