It's that time of year again, grilled cheese pageant time! Last year my roasted butternut squash/jarlsberg combo landed in the category of best swimsuit. So much for last year! Introducing the most ridiculous and delicious grilled cheese I've ever made: homemade cornbread slices packed with roasted jalapeno mayo, a ton of sharp cheddar speckled with pimento, and to top it all off strips of crispy fried bacon. As if that wasn't enough I skipped the butter on the outside and fried each sandwich in the grill pan filled with hot bacon fat. Oh yes, I just typed that. This sandwich is the antithesis of last years. Basically a heart attack waiting to happen. This sandwich wouldn't be caught dead in a bikini (or likely a one piece for that matter!) So wrong. But. Oh. So. Good. Spicy, sweet, gooey, cripsy, and above all, baconlicious (I think I just made that word up. . .) entirely worth the calories. Trust me on this one. Paired with a tall glass of ice cold beer? Simply a match made in heaven.
I likely don't need to give you a recipe for this sandwich, it's a grilled cheese. But, in an effort to make it that much easier for you to recreate here's how I did it: To make jalapeno mayo simply oil up some spicy green jalapeno chiles, grill on a bbq or over open flame, sweat in a bag, scrape off burned bits, chop flesh, throw into a few tablespoons of mayo (homemade is always best of course!) Laurels cornbread baked in a loaf pan makes the best bread. The pimento cheddar couldn't be simpler. And viola! Only a few steps more (bacon) and you've got one serious gut busting sandwich on your hands. Your swimsuit might not, but your tastebuds will thank you.