Spicy Grilled Cheese Sliders

by on April 12, 2010

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Shhhhh. There’s a secret ingredient in these sliders that’s virtually invisible, yet it “makes” these sandwiches.

It’s chili oil…brushed on the outside of the bread.

I learned this little trick from a local pizza place. One of the waiters divulged to me that the kick of flavor I couldn’t get enough of was actually a drizzle of chili oil on the pizza crust. It’s amazing what a difference it makes – it brings in a little bit of heat while enhancing the overall flavor of the dish. As I contemplated different sandwich ideas to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month, I thought chili oil would be just the thing to (literally) spice things up.

I didn’t stop there. To make things even spicier I shredded a blend of jalapeño pepper jack cheese and some nice, stretchy mozzarella. I made the sandwiches slider-sized a) because sliders are cute and b) just in case anyone was wary of spicy food and just wanted a little taster. A little tomato bisque on the side was just the right complement for this lunch with a kick!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen April 12, 2010 at 11:26 am

Who knew grilled cheese could look so good?
As always, so impressed with your creativity!
.-= Kristen´s last blog ..Bertolli Prize Package Date Night Giveaway =-.


2 bellini valli April 13, 2010 at 7:02 am

Comfort food in one little bite!!!


3 Cookie April 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love Tillamook’s Pepper Jack Cheese! It has the perfect amount of spicy flavor without being too much. What a yummy combo!
.-= Cookie´s last blog ..Can You Guess What’s in This Chili? =-.


4 Sarah April 13, 2010 at 10:22 am

Such a simple idea but soooo wonderful! I will have to give this a shot.
.-= Sarah´s last blog ..The Puffins: beautiful little pancake muffins =-.


5 Kristi April 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I just found your blog and can’t wait to try some of your recipes! I am totally a sandwich girl 🙂


6 Kathy April 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thanks so much, Kristi – glad you found me!


7 The Food Hunter April 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm

very cute!


8 GrilledShane April 13, 2010 at 8:37 pm

The brush of chili oil is so simple but sounds so awesome. Such a great little addition that probably adds so much flavor to this grilled cheese. Your pictures are making me so hungry. I love sourdough!
.-= GrilledShane´s last blog ..Preparing for the 1st 8th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational =-.


9 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) April 14, 2010 at 4:34 am

I never think of using my cookie cutters to make slider-sized sandwiches. In my house, anything spicy will be eaten first, so there will be lots of competition for these!


10 Donna April 14, 2010 at 6:13 am

Tried this w/just gruyere. Really great!!!


11 Heather (Heather's Dish) April 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

what a great tip! do you make your own chile oil, or buy it somewhere? i bet it would be easy to make your own… 🙂


12 Kathy April 16, 2010 at 10:48 am

I did buy mine (near the other oils at the grocery store) but I bet it wouldn’t be hard at all to infuse your own.


13 cate April 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

yyyyum! i would love that little kick of spice- unfortunately i don’t think that my mini-chefs would. sigh. great idea to do sliders, too.

nice to find your blog, kathy! thank you for stopping by tribeca yummy mummy today. xoxo


14 cate April 19, 2010 at 10:11 am

and oh no! i missed the grilled cheese pageant entry deadline. guess i’ll be waiting around till next year… testing out various grilled cheeses of course.


15 Kathy April 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

Sorry we missed you, Cate! I’ll be launching the Pageant tomorrow – there’ll be a whole lot of grilled cheese inspiration. 🙂


16 Amanda April 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Yum! Have you submitted this to the Grilled Cheese Academy yet? http://www.grilledcheeseacademy.com/submitrecipe


17 Culinary Cory May 7, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I’ve totally been on a mini food kick. These look totally cute.
.-= Culinary Cory´s last blog ..Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Focaccia =-.


18 Shelly May 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm

That looks delicious. I bet this would be a bangin’ sandwich with a little truffle oil on the bread….especially paired with a nice gruyere. Mmmmm…..
.-= Shelly´s last blog ..Probably not so brief update =-.


19 CocoNat April 20, 2011 at 3:33 am

Came across these amazing looking-delicious sounding sliders on Sunday…made them on Monday and have fallen madly in love! These are fantastic, Kathy! Thanks for sharing the recipe and helping me discover my new favourite food 🙂


20 Kathy April 20, 2011 at 6:58 am

I’m so glad you liked them! 🙂


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