Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

Having teased about a grilled sandwich in my last post……ta da……… Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese! Combining two of our recent recipes, Cheesy Jalapeño Quick Bread and Cheesy Street Corn Casserole ,we have us a winner!!!

Unless you have a very large family, you will usually have left overs. Being a family of two…..well four, but my fur babies do not reap any rewards from Mom being a food blogger. Although Wilma is pretty quick to snatch up anything that may fall on the floor. If I’m cooking….she’s looking!!!!

If I’ cook’n she’s look’n
Trying to come up with way to utilize those leftovers can be a challenge. Sometimes that challenge goes unmet but Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese, it came together with ease.

When I was making the Cheesy Jalapeño Quick Bread, all I was thinking about was how good it would be toasted or grilled. While the bread was baking, I spied that left over street corn. Now, if you don’t have left over street corn, you can whip up some very easily. Its a quick easy recipe, click on the link about to see how.

Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese is just about the easiest sandwich to make, and the variations are endless. Sticking with a Mexican theme, I chose cheddar and queso cheese…. those two cheeses along with the cojita cheese in the street corn…… it’s the trifecta of cheese. 

Mayo (really Miracle Whip …of course), green onions, and spices…. along with the freshness of the lime and sweetness of the corn give great texture that complements the creaminess of the cheddar and queso cheese.

Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

Now, about that bread….Cheesy Jalapeño Quick Bread adds, yes more cheese and a great spicy element. It’s not overly spicy, and you can control that with the amount of jalapeños you add to the bread.  You can make the sandwich with any bread but you will lose that spice factor.

Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

sNeed a quick, easy, cheesy way to use up leftover? Try Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese for a spicy twist to a traditional grilled cheese!!!
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Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

Jalapeño Street Corn Grilled Cheese

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex

Ingredients

8 slices Cheesy Jalapeño Quick Bread

1/2 cup leftover Cheesy Street Corn Casserole

1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup queso cheese shredded

Spray butter


Instructions

For each sandwich place two tablespoons each of the street corn mixture, and both cheeses dividing between 4 slices of bread. 

Top with the remaining slices of bread to form your sandwich. 

Preheat a grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Spray butter spray onto each sandwich, then place butter side down onto heated grill pan. Spray the other side of the sandwich with more butter spray., being careful spraying near exposed flame.

Grill sandwiches turning as they brown until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasty.

Cut in half and serve immediately. 

Keywords: street corn, grilled cheese, jalapeño , sandwich, easy, leftovers, sweet corn, bread

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa

Summer grilling and the flavors are spicy sweet. Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa is the perfect condiment for hot off the grill chicken, fish, pork and seafood.

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa

After buying my first whole pineapple, I was hooked! No more canned pineapple for me. So, how do you know you have the right pineapple??? There is no better way to say it….….sniff it’s butt! 

If you sniff the stem end and its smells, ripe, sweet, and fruity…..thats your pineapple! 

Now you have the perfect pineapple, how do you cut it??? Well, you need to let an expert explain, and who better than Martha Stewart. Click here for a short video on how to cut a pineapple.

Summer salsas need all fresh ingredients. Sweet pineapple, sweet bell peppers for color, spicy jalapeño for heat, onion, fresh ginger root, and cilantro make for a sweet and spicy topping for grilled foods or for your favorite tacos.

Fresh ginger gives a kinda sweet, kinda peppery, kinda lemony, kinda spicy,and  pungent flavor to Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa or any dish you use it in. 

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa

Ginger can be used in sweet or savory dishes, and has been used medicinally for centuries. Used as a tonic, antiseptic, diuretic, fever reducer, appetite aid, and digestion stimulant. Herbalists use ginger to treat arthritis, bronchitis, colitis, colds, coughs, rheumatic pain, and menstrual cramps. 

Freezing peeled ginger root ensures you have a ready supply. Peel a fresh ginger root and store in a freezer bag, making sure all the air is out of the bag. When the need for ginger arises…..just grate the frozen ginger in the desired amount……easy!!

Whip up a batch of Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa for your next turn at the grill…..you will be glad you did!!

P.S. Later in the week I will have a quick easy grill recipe using Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa!!!!!! Come back and check it out!!

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Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa

Fresh Pineapple Ginger Salsa

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 3 cups
  • Category: Condiment
  • Method: Mix
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

½ pineapple, pealed, cored, small diced ( about 3 cups)

1 jalapeño- seeded and vein removed, very finely diced

1/2 cup sweet peppers, diced small (red, orange, yellow green)

¼ cup finely diced red onion

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root

½ cup chopped cilantro, chopped

Zest and juice of one lime

1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce

Salt to taste

pinch sugar (optional)


Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste.

Keywords: pineapple, peppers, cilantro, salsa, condiments

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

Burger are a summertime staple……… Jamaican Jerk Burgers are one of my favorite.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

 

I found this original recipe on one of my favorite recipe web sites Epicurious. When I first had access to the internet I stumbled across this web site and it has kinda become my foodie bible.

If I am at a loss for inspiration, I can always find it here. I recommend this site for anyone who is out of ideas or needs a special recipe.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

Last year we traded our gas grill for a charcoal grill…….best idea ever!!! There is something that charcoaling gives, that you just can’t get from a gas grill.

The age-old debate over which grilling method is “better” is always a HOT topic.. While no studies prove that either is healthier, gas does burn cleaner. Charcoal grills emit more carbon monoxide, particulate matter and soot into the atmosphere, contributing to increased pollution and higher concentrations of ground-level ozone. But, from a taste perspective, on the other hand, the smokier, richer taste of food cooked on a charcoal grill is preferred by many…….us!!!!

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

These burger not only get a smoky flavor from the charcoal, but also from the jerk sauce. Jerk is a style of cooking native to Jamaica in which meat is dry-rubbed or wet marinated with a very hot spice mixture called Jamaican jerk spice. Jerk seasoning is traditionally applied to pork and chicken. Modern recipes also apply jerk spice to ..well almost anything… Jerk seasoning principally relies upon two items: allspice (called “pimento” in Jamaica) and Scotch bonnet peppers. Other ingredients may include cloves, cinnamon, scallions, nutmeg, thyme, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and salt.

My recipe replaces the scotch bonnet with jalapeño, We like spice but not quite that much. Allspice, brown sugar, and scallions with soy make a marinade for the burgers. Reserved marinade makes a nice mop ( baste ) for the burgers as they cook….. keeps them super juicy.

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

If you have something hot, you need something cool. Jamaican Slaw is the perfect topper for Jamaican Jerk Burgers. Cool and creamy.

Cabbage, multi colored peppers, and scallions are coated with a Miracle Whip…….I know I say this every time, but Miracle Whip is my preferred …….if you must, use mayo……orange juice, and for a little smokiness chipotle chilies……Chipotles are small jalapeños, that have been dried by a smoking process that gives them a dark color and a distinct smoky flavor.  They are canned in a red sauce that has a fantastic, smoky flavor as well. Only three ingredients make the prefect sauce for the slaw.

Toasted onion buns are the prefect vessel for the slaw topped burger. I toast mine in the toaster on the bagel setting…….only toasts one side…..great huh?

Jamaican Jerk Burgers

So, once cooked, place the burger on the bottom half of the bun, top with the creamy slaw, top with the top of the bun, and enjoy!!!!

Next time you want a juicy, creamy spicy burger….fire up the charcoal grill and make Jamaican Jerk Burgers !

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Jamaican Jerk Burgers


Ingredients

  • Burgers
  • 1 bunch green onions, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 medium jalapeño chilies, seeded, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/2 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
  • 6 onion hamburger buns, toasted
  • Slaw
  • 6 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 1/2 cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup miracle whip
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies

Instructions

  1. Burgers
  2. Finely chop first 4 ingredients in processor. Add sugar and next 3 ingredients; process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Set aside 3/4 cup jerk sauce. Shape ground beef into six patties and place in 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup jerk sauce over patties and turn to coat; let stand 20 minutes.
  4. Grill to desired doneness, brushing occasionally with remaining jerk sauce, about 4 minutes per side for medium.
  5. Place burgers on bottom halves of toasted buns. Top with Jamaican slaw and top bun.
  6. Slaw
  7. cups shredded green cabbage
  8. /2 cup each red,orange,yellow peppers, julienne
  9. /2 cup green onions, chopped
  10. cup miracle whip
  11. tablespoons fresh orange juice
  12. tablespoon minced canned chipotle chilies
  13. Instructions
  14. In large bowl, whisk together miracle whip, orange juice, chipotle
  15. Add cabbage, peppers and green onions; toss to coat
  16. Let stand for 15 minutes.