Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Mango

Posted on by on June 14th, 2012 | 33 Comments »

I would sit at the bay window in the den each night waiting for the car lights to shine on the driveway signaling that my dad was home. It was a tradition I had started before I can even remember. There is something special and unique between fathers and daughters. Maybe it’s that us daughters will forever be daddy’s little girl and in the back of our minds, no matter how old we get, we know that. As father’s day is right around the corner I remember back to little things in my childhood that have stayed with me till this day and secure the ever changing bond I have with my father. 

”Do it again!” I would yell and my dad would oblige. I would lay on the bed and he would make me into a sandwich, piling towels on me as meat, shirts as cheese, socks as olives and so on. After he was done he would ‘eat’ me, by tickling me until I couldn’t breath. I dont know why, but I got such a kick out of it. Sometimes he would wrap me up in a blanket and swing me around until he got dizzy. He would  talk to me in his best Donald Duck impression which I would always try to imitate. I ate french fries two at a time because thats what he did. He rode roller coasters with me and took me to Yankee games. When I was to old to sit on his shoulders with my hands tightly around his eyes preventing him from seeing, he would hold my hand. And, I knew I just had to look at him with puppy dog eyes and I would get 2 toys at the toy store instead of just 1, every time. As I got older his jokes became ‘corny dad jokes’ but he would still tell them none-the-less, making the edges of my lips curl in a slight smile. He would wake me up for school by tickling me even though I had an alarm clock set. And, every time he said ‘No’ I knew it would very quickly turn into a ‘Yes”. I have called him with bad news and good news and whether he wanted to kill me (like when my friend and I crashed my new car into a fence after a night at a party when we were supposed to be studying) or cry from happiness (like when I told him I was engaged) he was always there for me.

Being pregnant I look at my husband and am overjoyed at the thought of traditions our daughter will make with him and the memories of little things they do together that will bond them. Not even born yet and she is already daddy’s little girl and has him tightly wrapped around her tiny finger. Soon enough he will know how special a father daughter bond is.

Father’s day at my home growing up meant getting together with family and having a big BBQ. Typical ‘dad’ food would be consumed, ribs or steak, heros, chips and dip, ect. Always with dad on the grill. This year since I won’t be with my dad I will virtually be cooking up one of my childhood favorites for him with a bit of a twist. Grilled cheese. And, I will be serving it to my hubby, the daddy to be.

Grilled cheese is a total comfort food and is still a go to favorite of mine when curbing those late night munchies at the diner. White bread and american cheese was the only way I knew grilled cheese to be and even adding something as simple as tomato to it would be sacrilegious. Boy have times changed. This sandwich is a total grown up grilled cheese that is perfect for dad this Father’s day. Based on the popular bar snack, jalapeño poppers and the classic children’s favorite, grilled cheese, it’s a win win for dads and kids alike.

After frying up a few strips of bacon until nice and crispy, I took some jalapeños and sautéed them in the bacon drippings until charred. On a thick whole wheat bread, cream cheese was smothered on one side and shredded cheddar mounted on the other. In between the 2 slices the crispy bacon and jalapeños were placed. The first mangos of the season are rearing their heads in the shuk and being my husbands most treasured fruit, I added a few slices to the grilled cheese, which made for a perfectly sweet accompaniment to the spicy jalapeños and salty cheese and bacon. Tons of flavors and textures going on in this sandwich and after being fried in the remaining bacon fat (hey, no one said this is a heart healthy meal) is a big hit for everyone, especially dad.



Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Mango
Recipe Type: Lunch
Author: Beth Michelle
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 7 mins
Total time: 22 mins
Serves: 2
This sandwich is a total grown up grilled cheese that is based on the popular bar snack, jalapeño poppers and the classic children’s favorite, grilled cheese.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3-4 jalapeños (depending on how much spice you want), halved and seeded
  • 4 slices of thick whole grain bread
  • 4 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 thin slices of fresh mango
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  1. In a fry pan heat oil over medium heat and add bacon, cook, turning once until brown and crisp. Set aside, leaving bacon drippings in the pan.
  2. Add halved jalapeños to the pan and cook turning once until slightly charred, set aside, leaving bacon drippings in pan.
  3. Spread 2 tablespoons of cream cheese on 1 slice of bread and mound 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese on another slice.
  4. Place 2 slices of bacon, half of the jalapeño slices and 3 slices of mango on top of the cheddar cheese and top with the cream cheese slice of bread.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter on the outside of each slice of bread.
  6. Repeat steps 1 -5 for the remaining sandwich.
  7. Fry sandwiches in left over bacon drippings, flipping once until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  8. Serve immediately.



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  1. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    love your post!!!!!!!!dads are so special…….the sandwich is totally wicked!!!!i so badly want one…yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Aw thank you!! Im so glad you enjoy them! And, yes these grilled cheese sandwiches are amazing. I actually couldn’t believe how good they were!

  2. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    Aw… what a sweet post! That picture of you and your dad is too cute!

    I have to try bacon and mango as a combination. It sounds incredible. This would make for a perfect midnight snack.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      This was the first time I paired mango with bacon or cheese for that matter. It is such an amazing combination of flavors! After making this I keep thinking of different ingredients to pair mango with now!

  3. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    WOW, Beth! These grilled sandwiches are unusual to me, but look amazing! 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks Giulia! They are pretty unusual but work so well. They are so so so good!

  4. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    This was such a heartfelt read, we are so blessed to have such wonderful Father’s in our life!
    Your sandwiches are just bursting with some pretty awesome flavors. Love the idea of jalapeno poppers in there. The bacon and the fruit are just extra bonuses-yum!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thank you Tina! Remembering back to your childhood always brings out heartfelt emotions!
      I think the bacon and especially the mango are what totally make this grilled cheese!

  5. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    I have to agree with you that we will always remain daddy’s little girl. We have been celebrating Father’s Day mostly at home but this year I want to take him out for a wonderful meal and take him to a place he has requested.

    Lovely sandwich which looks power packed with the ingredients you have combined in.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks Nava! I hope you and your family have a fantastic Father’s Day!!

  6. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    Oh I love that picture! I always dig seeing pictures from a while ago. So cute!

    Your sandwich is diesel! Holy moly!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks! I love that picture too. It is always so fun (and funny) to go looking through old photos.

  7. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    Oh tears! You know how to make me cry. You are gonig to always be your daddy’s little girl. I can’t wait to see what traditions we develop with our own families. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing such a lovely recipe. It’s only 7:30 AM, and I’m already wishing I could forgo work and spend the day in the kitchen. I hope you have a wonderful end to your week!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Aww Monet!! No crying lol!! I too cannot wait to see what tradition and memories we make with our families. It is such an exciting time!!! One tradition I hope to have is cooking together with my daughter, making yummy things like this grilled cheese 🙂

  8. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    Loved this post. so sweet and inspiring. didn’t realise you were pregnant! So exciting! when are you due?
    It’s Father’s day here in the Uk on the 17th and I will so be making this amazing sandwich. Loved the addition of the mango!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thank you Ruth!! I am due Oct. 1! It seems so far but yet so close at the same time. The time seems to just be flying by but I am really enjoying the experience.
      I hope you love this sandwich as much as we did! It is so delicious and the addition of mango is a must, it really makes the sandwich pop with flavor!

  9. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    Jalapeno Popper grilled Cheese…are you even being serious right now?! I would die for one of these. Plus I love the mango twist!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks Colleen! It came together in a fit of pregnancy craving craziness and I am so glad it did!

  10. Posted on: 6-14-2012

    It is Food on Friday time at Carole’s Chatter. This week it is all about cheese. It would be great if you would link this post in to Food on Friday

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks Carole! Going to head over now and link up!

      • Posted on: 6-15-2012

        Great that you linked this in. If you pop back in a few days we should have a wonderful collection of cheesy ideas.
        Have a good week.

  11. Posted on: 6-15-2012

    Such a beautiful post! The sandwich looks amazing. The addition of mango is genius! xo

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-15-2012

      Thanks Anna! The mango is totally amazing in it. I dont think I can go back to normal everyday grilled cheese!

  12. Posted on: 6-15-2012

    This sandwich is an amazing combination 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-16-2012

      Thanks! It really is a great combination of not only flavors but textures too!

  13. Posted on: 6-15-2012

    WOW that is one beautiful looking sandwich. I would have never have thought to put Mango in there, but it sounds like it totally works 🙂

    … and what a beautiful post – your child will have such beautiful memories as you make them in the kitchen and other unexpected places

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-16-2012

      Thanks Rachel! Im sure my daughter will have tons of memories in the kitchen! So exciting!
      Mango was a last minute decision to add to this and I am so glad I did. It is perfect.

  14. Posted on: 6-15-2012

    Love this post and LOVE that sandwich, what a great combination!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-16-2012

      Thank you Shari! Who would have thought mango bacon and cheese would go so nicely together?!

  15. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    This is such a sweet post!! And this sandwich looks incredible!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2012

      Thanks Stephanie!! You cant go wrong with grilled cheese!

  16. Posted on: 6-17-2012

    I love the picture of you and your dad. Thanks for sharing your story with your dad. What a sweet post, Beth! Next year you two will be celebrating first Mother’s/Father’s day with your baby! 🙂

    These grilled cheese sandwich is so unique! Mango in it? I love it!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 6-17-2012

      Thanks Nami. I love that photo!! I am so excited to see my husband as a dad and celebrate with him next year. Such exciting things to look forward to!

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