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April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day!
Grilled cheese sandwiches easily make the list of America’s favorite comfort foods and they’re great for camping trips because they’re so simple to prepare. And whether you use your pie iron, cast iron skillet or another type of frying pan to make them, there’s an endless number of variations you can try. Here are a few of them:
Southwest Campfire Grilled Cheese
For each sandwich you’ll need:
- 2 slices of bread, such as sourdough
- 3 slices of cheese (2 pepper jack and 1 cheddar)
- 1 tablespoon green chiles
- 2 slices turkey
- Butter to spread on front and back of the bread
Butter one side of each piece of bread and place in pie iron, buttered side down. Add other ingredients and cook until browned and cheese is melted.
Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
Here’s an easy way to bring a touch of “aloha” to your campsite. For each sandwich you’ll need:
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese
- 1 slice of pepper jack cheese
- 2 pineapple rings
- 2 slices of smoked ham
- 2 slices of cooked Canadian bacon (or cooked pork or turkey bacon)
- 1 tablespoon butter
Butter one side of each piece of bread, then layer ingredients as follows on the unbuttered side of one piece of bread: cheddar, smoked ham, bacon, pineapple and top with the slice of pepper jack. Add the other piece of bread, buttered side up, and cook over medium/low heat until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Helpful tip: If you plan on dunking your grilled cheese into your soup, cut the sandwich into strips to make it easier to dunk.
Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese
One way to spice up your grilled cheese is by adding a few zesty jalapenos. For each sandwich you’ll need:
- 2 jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature
- 1/4 cup pepper jack and cheddar cheese, shredded (one or both types)
- 1 tablespoon tortilla chips, crushed
Helpful tip: since the jalapenos need to be broiled, you might want to do this step at home. To prepare them, place the peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil them until the outer layer of skin is blackened, about 8-10 minutes. Place the peppers in a zipper-top bag, seal and let them cool until you can handle them (about 10 minutes). The skins should easily pinch off.
To prepare the sandwich, butter one side of each piece of bread and place them butter side down. Spread one tablespoon of cream cheese on the non-buttered side of each piece of bread. Sprinkle the crushed tortilla chips on one slice and layer the prepared jalapeno peppers on top of that, covering the whole bread slice.
Preheat a skillet to medium heat. When hot, place the “piled” slice of bread, butter side down, into the skillet. Add the shredded cheese and place the second slice of bread on top, butter side up. Grill for about 4-5 minutes on each side until bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
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