Hab Jack Grilled Cheese

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Today, I am sharing my all-time favorite sandwich! When Roswell and I moved to Austin, one of the places we were most sad to leave behind was our favorite bar in Whole Foods at Fair Lakes. A bar in a grocery store, you say?! Yes! Cheezetown was a bar within the Whole Foods where you could order up a rotating menu of the best craft beers on tap and some of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had!

Once we moved and couldn’t order this sandwich whenever we wanted, we set to work perfecting the sandwich at home! It’s perfect for Cinco de Mayo, especially if you have leftover guacamole and pico de gallo from your fiesta today!

INGREDIENTS & EQUIPMENT:

  • Crusty White Bread (we like the mini French loaf from Whole Foods)
  • Butter (to achieve golden perfection!)
  • Habenero Monterey Jack Cheese (you can also use Pepper Jack – slices, shredded or block)
  • Guacamole (you can make your own, use leftovers from your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, or we are partial to the Fresh Spicy Guac from Whole Foods)
  • Pico de Gallo (this time we used the pico de gallo from Trader Joe’s, but you can make your own or we love the freshness of the pico from Whole Foods)
  • Knife and cutting board for your cheese if it’s not already cut
  • Panini Press (Roswell and I received the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler *affiliate link* as a wedding present and LOVE it!)
Assemble your ingredients: crusty bread, butter, habanero monterey jack cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo

Assemble your ingredients: crusty bread, butter, habanero monterey jack cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo

Cut your cheeses in slices

Cut your cheeses in slices

Prepare your butter to spread onto the bread

Prepare your butter to spread onto the bread

Spread butter on one side of all four slices of bread.

Spread butter on one side of all four slices of bread.

Place the bread onto the panini grill and start adding your cheese!

Place the bread onto the panini grill and start adding your cheese!

Top your sandwich with the other slices of bread (butter side up, of course!)

Top your sandwich with the other slices of bread (butter side up, of course!)

Ready to grill!

Ready to grill!

Let your grill work it's magic on the cheesy goodness for about ten minutes and...

Let your grill work it’s magic on the cheesy goodness for about ten minutes and…

... enjoy a beverage of your choice while you wait! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I would choose a margarita, mojito, or cuba libre!

… enjoy a beverage of your choice while you wait! In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, I would choose a margarita, mojito, or cuba libre!

Once the bread reaches your desired crispness (a little less for me and a little bit more for the husband!), you're ready to add the toppings!

Once the bread reaches your desired crispness (a little less for me and a little bit more for the husband!), you’re ready to add the toppings!

Open that sandwich and add guacamole and...

Open that sandwich and add guacamole and…

pico de gallo!

pico de gallo!

Does that look DELICIOUS?!

Does that look DELICIOUS?!

You can cut your sandwich in half if you wish.

You can cut your sandwich in half if you wish.

Serve with your choice of side!

Serve with your choice of side! We love the sweetest of the grapes in contrast with the salty spicy of the sandwich. But tortilla chips, refried beans or mexican rice would be great as well for a heartier meal!

And dig in!

And dig in!

I would love to know what you think about our Hab Jack Grilled Cheese! Share pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #3blackcatco!

What is your favorite combination of flavors for grilled cheese?

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