Let me step back just for a second. Are you familiar with sweet heat pizza? It's my and Trey's absolute favorite topping combo and has been for years: pineapple and jalapeño. I won't lie, I also like the name. :)
Well, this is the grilled cheese version. And I figure if we're grilling things already, then let's go ahead and grill the pineapple too!
We don't make grilled cheese sandwiches often at home, but when we do, I figure we might as well go all out! There are SO many ways to dress up this childhood classic. And if you want to see a LOT in one place, I highly recommend the Grilled Cheese Social.
You likely don't need a formal "recipe" for this, but I may have one ingredient/trick that can't be guessed from the photos…
fresh pineapple (canned slices are OK too in a pinch)
a jar of jalapeños, including the juice
Manchego cheese (this goes great with pineapple in my opinion!)
a few tablespoons of mayo—that's the secret
You'll also need a grill pan if you want to get those pretty grill marks and add a little charred flavor to your pineapple slices.
For the outside of the bread, combine the mayo with a tablespoon or two of the jalapeño juice. Then spread that all over before pan frying (or pan grilling) the sandwich. I like to use mayo instead of the usual butter because it just makes your grilled cheese all the more decadent. :)
Not feeling the sweet heat? What about a fig and almond butter grilled cheese? I swear it's amazing! Or you could make our baked cheesy apple sandwich. That one is the sandwich from my dreams. I mean it gets a creamy sauce top before baking—yum! It's winter, guys, let's make something cheesy this weekend??? xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.