Sandwich: Pepper Jack and Jelly Grilled Cheese

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Recipe—I read on Twitter that if you go grocery shopping once a month, you will save over $1,000 a year! One thousand dollars? I’ll take it. Of course, grocery shopping once a month takes planning, so that you know what you need and you purchase it all in one trip. And it means that you are inventive when you are facing the last days of your month. And that, my friends, was very recently.

I’m starving, baby is napping, and I need food. We have what appears to be none. Nothing quick. Nothing boring. Literally nothing. Except the staples. You know the ones I’m talking about: milk, eggs, cheese, bread, peanut butter, and jelly. I never seem to run out of these things, which is good because then the last week of the month always ends up being omelets of sorts, an egg sandwich, or the classic pb&j.

But not today. I wanted something different, but delicious. And so I did a flavor combination that blew my mind: Pepper Jack and Jelly Grilled Cheese. That’s right. And it was absolutely outstanding. So outstanding, in fact, that I must confess to you that I ate two.

Pepper Jack and Jelly Grilled Cheese Sandwich


  • 1 teaspoon of butter
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tablespoon of jelly
  • 1-2 slices of Pepper Jack cheese


  1. Butter two slices of bread on one side. Then, place buttered side down onto a skillet that is on the stove over medium heat.
  2. Spread jelly carefully on piece of bread that is open-faced, careful not to spill into the skillet.
  3. Place one slice (or two) pieces of cheese on top of the jelly, and place second slice of bread, buttered side up on top of the cheese. Once bottom side is golden brown, or cooked to your liking, flip over with a spatula and wait for the cheese to be melted to desired consistency.
  4. Remove from the heat and turn off the heat.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

The spicy Pepper Jack cheese went wonderfully with the sweetness of the raspberry jelly that I used, but I can imagine that apricot and Havarti would be delicious, or brie cheese with cherry jelly! This sandwich is like an adult grilled cheese, which is not only delicious, but contributing to one thousand dollars more in your checking account!

What flavor combos do you think would be delicious?  What items do you usually have left in your fridge at the end of the month?

Photo courtesy of Flickr.

Bonnie Lewis blogs at Bonnie the Baker where she creates delicious dishes and discusses the journey of this thing called "parenthood". She is a professional writer and published author, as well as a social media expert. She has an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary where her studies of faith and culture help inform her writing, baking, and child rearing. She loves ice cream, coffee and a good book. She is married to her husband Cy and has a three month old baby boy named Chip.

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