This is an awesome spin on a plain grilled cheese sandwich. Feel free to alter it to your liking. The ciabatta bread is not typical grilled cheese material but the crunch of the buttery grilled chewy bread goes perfect with this jalapeno filling. You can also use sourdough bread.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and pickled jalapeno in a small bowl. Set aside. Preheat skillet over medium heat.

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  • Slice each roll in half horizontally, then slice the rounded tops off the ciabatta rolls to make a flat top half. Spread 1 teaspoon butter on the doughy cut side of the bottom bun and 1 teaspoon butter on the now flattened top bun. Place half of the cream cheese mixture, half of the crushed chips, and half of the shredded cheese on the non-buttered side of the bottom bun. Place the top half of the bun on the sandwich and place the sandwich on the hot skillet. Repeat with the second sandwich.

  • Grill until lightly browned and flip over, about 3 to 5 minutes; continue grilling until cheese is melted and the second side is golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

528 calories; protein 16.5g 33% DV; carbohydrates 40.9g 13% DV; fat 34g 52% DV; cholesterol 88.5mg 30% DV; sodium 1120.6mg 45% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2011
I actually woke up this morning determined to have this for breakfast (I'm pregnant, so it's ok, lol)! I had everything on hand except for the ciabatta rolls, so I just used sliced Italian bread, and that seemed to work out wonderfully. I just eye-balled everything to my taste. I have to say that this really DID taste like a jalapeno popper...SO GOOD! I can't wait to make this for my husband, I know he will LOVE it too. Thanks for sharing this fun, creative and delicious sandwich, that I will be making often~YUM! :) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2011
I liked it my husband didn't. Oh well. I'll have something tasty to make for myself when he's out of town:) Read More
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196 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 151
  • 4 star values: 26
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
I actually woke up this morning determined to have this for breakfast (I'm pregnant, so it's ok, lol)! I had everything on hand except for the ciabatta rolls, so I just used sliced Italian bread, and that seemed to work out wonderfully. I just eye-balled everything to my taste. I have to say that this really DID taste like a jalapeno popper...SO GOOD! I can't wait to make this for my husband, I know he will LOVE it too. Thanks for sharing this fun, creative and delicious sandwich, that I will be making often~YUM! :) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2011
Excellent sandwich! I think to make it an unqualified 5 star recipe the next time I will add a crisply cooked and crumbled slice of bacon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2011
Yum! This was delicious. I realized I didn't have sour cream so added a little mayo instead. I used Italian bread-I think this sandwich would be good on any bread of your liking. Served with a salad for a very tasty dinner. Thanks for sharing-this is a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2011
OMG how much better could it get?!?!? I needed a quick dinner after work and threw these together in under 15 min. Used pepper-jack cheese in place of colby. Served with Spicy tomato soup (tomato soup with hot sauce added). Thanks so much for this recipe:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2011
Use fresh jalepenos Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2012
Delicious! I added some slices of rotisserie chicken from grocer (they make a honey jalepeño flavor that matched perfectly) and this was a filling meal! Yummm Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2011
We really enjoyed this sandwich. I made it on sourdough bread and added a little more of the jack cheese. I don't think i cared for the sour cream in the spread, so made another sandwich the next day and used mayo instead. We both agreed that we liked that sandwich better. Play with it, we even thought it might be good with slices of chicken in it. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2011
Tastes just like a popper--maybe even better! I use spicy chilli tortilla chips and cheddar-jack cheese and a high quality wheat bread and they turn out perfectly!! Makes a great dip or cheese ball also. I use regular cream cheese instead of the soft when making a cheese ball & mix in the shredded cheddar-jack roll in a ball & chill & right before serving roll in crushed tortilla chips. It is great! I might try adding some bacon to the sandwich or spread next time I am sure that would be good also but these are delicious made exactly as the recipe states. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/26/2011
NOM NOM NOM!!!! Jalapeno popper cheesy goodness! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2011
I liked it my husband didn't. Oh well. I'll have something tasty to make for myself when he's out of town:) Read More
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