Grilled Queso Blanco Sandwiches

Back in the day, there was a game called The Sims. The general point of the game is to successfully manage a person’s wants and needs, while making sure they don’t wet themselves or burn the house down. Or die (though sometimes that’s the funnest part!).

In one second-gen EP there’s a hidden aspiration called Grilled Cheese, where your player becomes obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches. They want to make them, want others to make them, talk about them, and a lifetime goal of eating 200 cheesey sandwiches (after which they turn all sparkly and it becomes harder for them to die).

I always imagined if I were a Sim, I’d have the grilled cheese aspiration. Though I doubt if I ate 200 grilled cheese sandwiches I’d be sparkly or be harder to kill off… in fact, probably quite the opposite.

I love cheese. I love grilled stuff. Mexican food, too. Combine it all together and you have one hell of a hot sandwich. Just don’t make 200 of them…

Grilled Queso Blanco Sandwiches

serves 2 – inspired by annie

1 chicken breast, trimmed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon jalapeno medallions, diced
4 slices of bread
cooking spray
1/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 slices nonfat white american cheese

Season both sides of the chicken breast with kosher salt. In a small pot (with a lid!) over medium-high heat, add olive oil and heat until shimmering. Place chicken in the pot and quickly cover with the lid to prevent oil from splattering. Reduce heat to medium and brown chicken on both sides. Remove pot from heat for 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return chicken to pot along with jalapenos, chili and onion powder, and butter. Heat over low until butter has melted and any bits have been freed from the bottom of the pot.

Meanwhile, generously spray one side of each slice of bread with cooking spray. Place 2 slices in a medium skillet, spray-side-down. Sprinkle pepper jack cheese on each slice. Turn the burner to high heat and toast to desired doneness and cheese has melted – that’s about 5 minutes for us :) Remove from heat and place on a foiled baking sheet.

Turn on the broiler and assemble the sandwiches!

On each slice of bread with pepper jack, place half the chicken mixture. Top with a slice of american cheese and place under the broiler for 2 minutes. Remove from broiler and place remaining two slices of bread, spray-side-up, atop the sandwich. Return to broiler for 2 minutes, or until top slice turns your preferred shade of toasty.

Serve hot with a cold beer and mild salsa :)



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