"Without too much deliberation I've decided that this is my favourite sandwich of 2011, I revisited it today with a view to making it less of an awkward bollox to make and have succeeded. I'll leave the original post intact but proceed to the end to see a much easier way to obtain and prepare the Jalapeño part of this phenomenal sandwich."
Let me make two things perfectly clear from the outset on this sandwich:
1. It's a bit of a pain in the bollox to make. 10 minutes is enough time to put into a toasted cheese sandwich, this is gonna set you back about half an hour.
2. If you don't like Jalapeños or spicy things in general don't go anywhere; simply by leaving this hot green lad out of the recipe you will have just about the nicest toasted/grilled cheese sandwich you've ever had.
I guarantee it.
I'd been looking around the net for a while for ideas on how to put Jalapeños into a sandwich when I started to see a few recipes that took their inspiration from the "Jalapeño Popper". For those who don't know what that is it's basically a hollowed out Jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese, battered and deep fried. They are tasty. Very much so.
I had to do a bit of looking around for fresh Jalapeños in Newbridge, I found some in Tesco in a packet of hot mixed chillies, other than that you just need some cream cheese, ie Philadelphia, cheddar cheese, white bread, scallions, pepper and butter.
Now the awkward bastard of this is the preperation of the Jalapeños, first off you have to roast them.
(See UPDATE at the end of the post for a much easier way of going about the next 3 steps)
Give them about 10 minutes on a hot plate or under a grill or whatever, this was all a bit of guess work to know when they were done but they turned out good.
After you've taken them off the grill put them into a sealable bag for another 10 minutes, this will steam them and make the skin easier to remove which is what you've got to do next.
Peal off the skin, cut off the ends, then slice them open and remove the seeds.
Next finely chop up some scallions and mix them along with some black pepper into a good dollop of the cream cheese till it's good and smooth.
Just like this delicious mess.
Give 2 slices of bread a very generous spread of this gear.
Give it a layer of the Jalapeños.
Followed by a layer of cheese. Close the sandwich over and butter the top half.
Place on a preheated (medium heat) frying pan, butter side down, then butter the top half.
Give it a couple of minutes on either side until it's golden brown.
Here it is, a great grilled/toasted/fried/whatever you want to call it Jalapeño cheese sandwich. I didn't last long and you'd easily put 2 or 3 of them away, if I figure out a quicker way to prepare the Jalapeños I'll let you know but this way is definitely worth the effort. The combination of the spicy, but not to the point of painful, Jalapeños combined with the 2 types of cheese is in my opinion one of the tastiest things you can eat.
I only had enough Jalapeños for one sandwich but was only a little surprised to find that the second sandwich I made without them, but with everything else mentioned here, was the MOST DELICIOUS CHEESE SANDWICH I've ever had.
This is definitely in my top 5 sandwiches of all time, try it and if you've any suggestions or ideas let me know!
*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE
Oh and one more thing... GRATE THE CHEDDAR CHEESE instead of slicing it, this way it'll melt much better!
B.S Jan 2012