jalapeno popper sandwich

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dinner,Gluten Free,Vegan

Yum.

Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month? In honor of a month dedicated to grilled goodness, I had to resurrect a popular sandwich I made last November – the jalapeno popper sandwich. This is one of those indulgences that screams comfort food, even when vegan!

We make the vegetarian version often:

Mmm hmm.

Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter in pan. Spread cream cheese on one slice bread, top with roasted jalapeno, grated cheddar cheese and the other piece of bread. Cook in melted butter until golden on both sides, and cheese is melty.

Grated cheese melts faster, and helps melt vegan cheese:

I made it last year for Vegan Mofo using Earth Balance, Tofutti cream cheese and Teese vegan cheddar, and it is just as tasty.

Happy Grilled Cheese Month! Will you be celebrating?


{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Christine @ Merf In Progress April 8, 2011 at 4:03 am

I guess I already celebrated with the mondo tomato and gruyere sandwich I ate this week! But omg, that jalapeno popper sandwich looks amazing. I’m adding that to my recipe page!

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2 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:47 am

mmm, now THAT looked GOOD ! I love gruyere… and yes, that most definitely counts! YAY for being added to recipe page – I’m honored! :D

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3 Blog is the New Black April 8, 2011 at 4:18 am

GORG photos… and YUM!

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4 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:46 am

thank you, Liz!

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5 brian April 8, 2011 at 4:21 am

this never gets old :) it has become one of my favs!

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6 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

hi Brian!! I thought of you when posting this:) it really DOESN’T get old, right?? HAPPY FRIDAY!

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7 Heather (Where's the Beach) April 8, 2011 at 5:28 am

OMG – genius!!!! You know you had me with the title of course.

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8 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:45 am

yes – I knew you’d love this one as much as I do!!

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9 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 8, 2011 at 5:55 am

Jalapeno grilled cheese is my fav kind! The hubs and I make it every spring/summer when our jalapenos start growing in the garden! love that you veganized it too! so fantastic!

I kind of want to keep making “original recipe” jokes but i worry your readers wont get our inside joke and ill be labeled a jerk. haha

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10 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

we love jalapenos too… can’t wait for my garden this year… it frosted this morning, so still a bit early to start, but I hope SOON!

and yes… I know you’re being funny (and I DID laugh out loud the other day!) – and i also wouldn’t want people to think I don’t credit… an original idea I’ve always credited :) these sandwiches? yes, one of those things I thought YUUUUUM when I “came up with it” in my kitchen one summer, but when I see others do it I don’t think they stole it from me – again, such a non recipe and if I had this thought, you have to know HUNDREDS of others have too…

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11 Noelle April 8, 2011 at 6:08 am

Sounds and looks super tasty!

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12 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:31 am

thank you, Noelle! it is! :D Happy Friday!

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13 Pure2raw Twins April 8, 2011 at 6:21 am

Did not realize it is national grilled cheese month thanks for sharing ;) I am so behind on learning things like that! haha

This sandwich would be great for my BF he loves some spice!

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14 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:25 am

growing up it was one of the only things I would eat (picky girl!), so I had to pay homage! while I don’t eat them often now… it’s an indulgence we do enjoy… and I love anything with jalapenos!

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15 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

I definitely need to be celebrating Grilled Cheese month!

You toasted that sandwich just perfectly — the bread looks gorgeous!

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16 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 6:44 am

thank you!! :) yes – you definitely need to celebrate!! :D

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17 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas April 8, 2011 at 6:52 am

This looks like the best sandwich EVER. I never in a million years would have thought of a jalapeno popper sandwich… but now I have to have one soon. Yum yum yum!

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18 spabettie April 8, 2011 at 7:11 am

doooo iiiiit! :D it IS one of the best. :D Happy Friday!!

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19 Liz April 8, 2011 at 7:26 am

Hmm, maybe I’ll celebrate no-meat Friday with a grilled cheese :)

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20 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

that would be a perfect way to celebrate!! :D

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21 Nocemoscata April 8, 2011 at 7:39 am

Oh my… in this moment imagine my face like Homer Simpson thinking about doughnut! Jalapenos :Q_

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22 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

haaa, Serena … this made me laugh, I LOVE it! :D

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23 Kath (My Funny Little Life) April 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

I won’t be celebrating grilled cheese month because I’m casein intolerant, and cheese is stuffed with it. :( I *will* be celebrating the start of the BBQ season, though! :D

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24 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:01 am

oh, YES, I cannot wait for grilling season! Jason is an awesome griller :)

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25 Allie April 8, 2011 at 8:36 am

Aw, no Teese in my area :( I’ve yet to find a fake cheese that’s okay-enough. This looks so good!!

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26 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

I was lucky enough to find Teese at our ONE fully vegan grocery… I had been wanting to try it for a while! I hear you on the fake cheese, it’s pretty difficult to find good ones, especially if you’re looking for good melting quality. to me, Tofutti cream cheese has such a great flavor, though!!

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27 Jennifer King April 8, 2011 at 9:37 am

Wow!! This looks awesome.

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28 Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt April 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

It has green in it! It is definitely a spabettie creation! :)

Looks yummy. I never knew how much I liked jalapeno until this past year.

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29 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

ha – yes, for the fact that its green… AND that it’s a pepper! :D I just found my love of jalapenos a few years ago… I must be making up for lost time…

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30 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I used to LOVE jalapeno poppers. Haven’t had one in so long. How great to incorporate it as a sandwich. Yum!

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31 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

I know, I haven’t had a popper in a long time… this sandwich flavor comes close!

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32 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That grilled bread looks soooo good right now! Add the cheese and jalapenos and I’m sold!

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33 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:50 am

few tastes better than perfectly grilled bread, yes? :)

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34 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Best idea EVERRRRRRRR!!!! I love jalepeno poppers – they are awesome!

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35 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

hee! pretty over the top, yes?? pretty dang GOOD, though!

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36 Kris | iheartwellness.com April 8, 2011 at 6:27 pm

WOW! This is an amazing jalapeno sandwich if I do say so myself ;) Amazing pics girl, I admire you!!
xxoo

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37 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

aw, thanks, Kris!

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38 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka April 8, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I definitely need to celebrate before the end of the month-I love your take on it!

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39 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:44 am

thanks Tiffany… get to celebrating – I want to see what YOU make!! :D

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40 MarathonVal April 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Oh man, there are few foods as comforting as grilled cheese. I would nix the jalapenos but cream cheese + cheese… love it!

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41 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

yes, even without the jalapenos (or add red peppers, tomatoes??) the cheeses are GOOD :)

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42 melissa@IWasBornToCook April 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Genius!

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43 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:41 am
44 Natalia - a side of simple April 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

Thank you for this wonderful information! :) Now I’m fully excused for going on a grilled cheese rampage, errr… I mean celebration.

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45 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

yeaaaah!! exactly! have fun!!

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46 Charissa April 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm

This looks ridiculously good, but I’m not sure I could take the heat…haha, will have to brave myself up and try it sometime!

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47 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

if you scrape the seeds, it’s more spicy than hot… maybe just use a few pieces scattered… it’s SO very good :)

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48 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Kristina, this sandwich looks dangerous! I adore jalapenos (I love all spicy food!), and don’t get me started on cheese. Yum!

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49 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:32 am

I know – totally dangerous… as soon as I have one I want another!

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50 sarah (sarah learns) April 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm

i don’t know how it’s possible that i wasn’t aware of grilled cheese month. i will now be making up for lost time for the rest of the month! this sandwich looks too good to be true!

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51 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

very happy I could help spread the word on this important event!! :D

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52 Paije April 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

I think I just died. This sandwich looks amaaaaazing!

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53 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

ha – right?? pretty epic! :D

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54 Jennifer April 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Happy Grilled Cheese Month! :) This looks incredibly delicious!!

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55 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:03 pm

happy grilled cheese month to you, too! :D will you be celebrating? ;)

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56 S @ extremebalance.net/blog April 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm

This was my last meal of 2010, and just tonight, I’m fighting a cold and kept thinking “milk won’t help!!” but then I decided that ingesting an entire jalapeno pepper would be beneficial, cheeses be damned, and I had one of these, too. ALL TIME FAVE SPABETTIE RECIPE!!

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57 spabettie April 10, 2011 at 11:02 pm

oooh, YAY! it truly warms my heart that you did! I know the jalapenos had to help, right? :D it is also SO very good to hear from you, friend. hope all is well XXOXO!

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58 Carrie April 11, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Such a good idea! I am going to make this for my boyfriend REAL soon! He love jalapeno poppers! Why didn’t I ever think of this?!?

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59 Amy B @ Second City Randomness April 11, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Cheese and jalapenos… two of my favorites! Which would explain my mexican food obsession…

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60 spabettie April 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

oh, me too… I know that’s why I love Mexican food too… all the peppers! one of my favorite entrees is a chile relleno – YUM – pretty much a HUGE jalapeno popper! :D

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61 Heather @ kissmybroccoli April 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Oh wow! This baby is bringing back some great summer cook-out memories! A friend of mine introduced me to his jalapeno poppers that had bacon wrapped around them…I bet this sandwich would be even MORE delicious with a few strips of some crunchy, salty goodness! Yum!

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62 spabettie April 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm

atta girl, now you’re thinkin! YUUUUUM !!

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63 Virginia April 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Delicious! Enjoyed one on a rainy day. Used a veggie peeler to make thin slices of the pepper, worked great!

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64 spabettie April 18, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Hi Virginia! that’s a great idea to ‘peel’ the pepper into thin slices – isn’t it such a great flavor combination? and PERFECT for a rainy day, I bet! :D

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65 Nando@Dembellyfull April 20, 2011 at 6:07 pm

This looks very good. I actually just made one the other day, but I roasted the jalapeños first because I think the bread is just as much crunch as I’d want in a grilled cheese (also, they taste better roasted, IMHO).

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66 Mark September 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm

oh, bettie this is pure genius!! I can’t wait to make it!!

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67 Jane September 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

saw tweets about your legendary sandwich and had to come see for myself – this sounds (and looks!) amazing!

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68 Mara September 14, 2011 at 8:16 am

just made these for dinner, a big hit with everyone (even my picky 5 year old!). genius!

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69 spabettie September 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

oh, GOOD!! so glad you all liked them!

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70 Lynn October 2, 2011 at 8:03 pm

This would be extra spicy and delish with my hot habenero jack from Tillamook cheese factory!!

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71 spabettie October 3, 2011 at 8:38 am

I saw you talking about the garlic chili pepper – wow! isn’t that place FUN? :)

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72 Michael November 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm

genius! I cannot wait to make this! It looks great!

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73 Orie November 25, 2011 at 4:23 am

this has become a tradition for holiday weekends lunch, just had to come tell you thank you again!!

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74 spabettie November 28, 2011 at 10:36 am

hi Orie!! thanks for saying hello again – so happy this is a regular thing for you! :D

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75 Trina December 29, 2011 at 2:57 am

WOW. we made these for dinner tonight and. WOW. yummo! :)

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76 Grady December 31, 2011 at 1:12 am

just wanted to come by and tell you thanks and happy new year, kristina! this was the first of many recipes I made here, and your website continues to be my favorite.

cheers,

Grady McDaniel

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77 Sherry D January 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Umm..yum. I will be making this with a pear and blueberry chutney on the side! :)

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78 Art February 8, 2012 at 3:56 am

YUM. you make vegan look good.

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