Sweet and Spicy Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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I’m kicking off National Grilled Cheese Month (yes, this is a real thing in the world) with a lesson in balance. My first grilled cheese has it all: crispy, golden-butter bread; gooey, salty jack cheese with spicy pops of jalapeno; savory, herbaceous turkey tenderloin; and a sweet glaze of strawberry jam.

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And since this is Grilled Cheese Post: The First, I’ll lay down a few ground rules I like to follow in my own grilled cheesing:

  1. Begin with 2 slices of bread that are roughly the same size and shape.
  2. For even toasting, butter the bread (on the OUTSIDE of the sandwich), not the griddle.
  3. Top the bread with cheese. For optimum meltage, nothing should come between the cheese and the bread.
  4. Keep sauces and condiments in the center of the sandwich to avoid sogging the bread.
  5. Grill sandwiches with hard cheeses over low heat to avoid burning the bread before the cheese melts. Dome if necessary.
  6. Grill sandwiches with soft cheeses over high heat to toast the bread quickly before the cheese liquefies.

These are only guidelines. Grilled cheese means never having to say you’re sorry.

Sweet and Spicy Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Recipe Type: Sandwich
Author: Bake Up, Little Suzy
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 1
Sweet, salty, spicy, and savory — the perfect grilled cheese!
  • White bread
  • Butter
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Turkey (I used 4 slices herb roasted turkey tenderloin)
  • Strawberry jam
  1. Top each slice of bread with cheese.
  2. Add the turkey and spread on a thin layer of jam,
  3. Close it up, and butter the outsides of the bread.
  4. Griddle on medium heat until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.


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