Grilled Mascarpone and Roasted Jalapeno Pistachio Pesto Cheese Sandwich

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Is it too early in the day for a solid round of fist bumps?

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How ’bout an unadulterated squeal fest?

Ring around the rosy? Pockets all full and stuff?

Either way, I’m wearing some blue.chip. giddy pants today. And I haven’t worn giddy pants in a while! They’re a little tight. Hmm.

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So this is the deal. I’ve been wanting to make something sort of tiramisu-y feeeerrrrreverrrrr now. So like any normal human sapien being would do, I bought a container of mascarpone cheese to eat my way through while I narrowed down some ideas. Quality control, britches. And I can tell you that this container has seen me through some tender times.

But you will never, and I mean NEVER guess what else it lead me to. Oh wait, you probably already read the title of this internet blog post and figured out that it lead me to creating a most rich and savory grilled mascarpone and roasted jalapeno pistachio pesto cheese sandwich.

You saw that, right?

HOOOOLMG.

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Still too early for fist bumps? No prob.

Let me just try to describe this sandwich to you without completely melting into a pile of human goo.

This is going to be tough, so bear with me.

That smooth mascarpoooooo o .sdkfsdf..fs. is so creamy and sweet oh my laaaaanddddsssssaaaa.

The roasted jalapenoasldfk233tgds dflsjkala PISTACHIO, oh seriously seriously my GOSH pesto is just ridiculously ridiculous.

Spicy, and pretty garlicky dear sweet ponies, but cut with the sweet cheeeeeee aslfa’a”dsfj jks 493fsdlfs. I can’t do this.

That crusty breaaaaaaaaa  o2pu’;asf fsad grilled in buttttteeeerrrrrrr I’m falling apart. This is too much.

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Still too early?

Didn’t think so…

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Fist bump!

Grilled Mascarpone and Roasted Jalapeno Pistachio Pesto Cheese Sandwich:

What it took for 2 sandwiches:

* 1 jalapeno pepper
* 1/4 cup pistachios
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
* 1/2 pinch of coarse salt
* 4 slices crusty ciabatta bread
* 2 Tbs. butter (or oil, or spray!)

Place the pepper right under the broiler, and broil until good and charred on all sides. Place it immediately in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap for 10 minutes. Remove the pepper from the bowl, slice it in half, stem it, remove the seeds (it will still have some heat, promise!) and peel the skin away. Slice the pepper into small strips.

In a small food processor, add the pepper strips, pistachios, garlic and 2 tsp olive oil. Blitz until combined and pretty smooth.

In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone with the pepper pesto. Taste that. Tiny tiny pinch of salt? The pistachios are pretty salty, so you won’t need much at all.

Now spread the mascarpone mixture on 2 slices of the crusty bread.

Melt the butter over medium in a large skillet. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and brown on each side (about 3 minutes each) until golden brown and the cheese mixture has warmed and softened. I’m dying.

Slice and seerrrrrve oh I can’t even move.

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Welcome to your new life.

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38 Responses to Grilled Mascarpone and Roasted Jalapeno Pistachio Pesto Cheese Sandwich

  1. Tieghan March 28, 2013 at 7:47 am #

    Oh mmy Gosssh! You have done it yet agiain. This sandwich is the bomb! Seriously, the bomb! I can not wait to give this a try! Oh man that looks and sounds awesome!

  2. Amy March 28, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Omg *cries*

  3. Erika @ The Hopeless Housewife March 28, 2013 at 7:59 am #

    Seriously, I must have this.

  4. Elizabeth White (Leave a Happy Plate) March 28, 2013 at 8:06 am #

    Bev,

    This looks INCREDIBLE!!!! So many of my favorite ingredients all in one glorious sandwich. I just wish bread was a vegetable. That would make my life so much easier :)

    ~Liz

  5. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious March 28, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Wow…I need to sit down for this one! Waiter get me 4 of these!

  6. Cassie | Bake Your Day March 28, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    I can barely even say roasted jalapeno pistachio pesto but I can surely eat it. LOVE.

  7. Heather @ Heather's Dish March 28, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    MOMMY.

  8. Karen March 28, 2013 at 9:03 am #

    Holy smokes. That sandwich could put a Hatch chile cheeseburger to shame, I swear!

  9. Bill March 28, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    You’ve done it again, Bev … another amazing creation!!

  10. Nicole March 28, 2013 at 9:29 am #

    Seriously?? What a creative combination, my empty tummy is screaming at me to go make this. Now!

  11. April @BarbellsandBellinis March 28, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Pure genius.

  12. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar March 28, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    There is way too much goodness going on in here! Yum!

  13. Marie @ Little Kitchie March 28, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    These are all my favorite things in one ridiculous sandwich. WANT!

  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 28, 2013 at 11:20 am #

    Roasted Jalapeno Pistachio Pesto = WOW….now THAT sounds fabulous! I want!

  15. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 28, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Oh my! Now that is a sexy looking sammie!

  16. Michelle March 28, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    DAT BREAD.

    But seriously, it looks amazing.

  17. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 28, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    I’m definitely on a sandwich quick right now and you just stepped it up a notch!

  18. Katie @ Blonde Ambition March 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    That pesto sounds out of this wooooorld. But the carboholic in me was too distracted by that bread! It looks crazy good too!

  19. Erin L March 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm #

    I am so excited to make this, but first I have to go make some guacamole, & spread it on some crusty bread ‘cuz… well that’s all I can think of when I see that photo.

  20. Katie March 29, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    gah! This buttery goodness of a sandwich looks to die-for!!!

  21. Michelle March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    What a great idea!

  22. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence March 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I could probably eat that pesto-cheese mixture with a spoon. Looks SO good.

  23. Nutmeg Nanny March 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm #

    Oh my goodness, this looks incredibly tasty! Pistachio pesto is an amazing creation.

  24. Paula - bell'alimento April 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I just face planted into my screen.

  25. Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 1, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    Now that is one tasty sounding pesto and that grilled cheese takes the cake!

  26. Tracy April 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    yay for fancy grilled cheese!

  27. Chef Dennis April 4, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    that is one delicious looking sandwich Bev! I love how you blended those flavors together, the pistachios and the jalepeno took it to the next level!

  28. Cara April 5, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    This. Is. Beautiful.

  29. Amarie at The CottonwoodJournals.com April 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    This grilled cheese looks so delicious. Have you entered it in the Grilled Cheese Academy’s recipe showdown? If not, you should! Here’s the website: http://grilledcheeseacademy.com

  30. Jayne April 30, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    I made this recently and I am definitely going to make it again. It had such a rich and complex flavor; I could hardly believe I made it! Thanks!!

  31. Tracey @ Cooking with Love May 13, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    I have never seen such a unique grilled cheese! Yum! Yum and Yum!!! :D

  32. Jack June 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Everyone keeps saying that it LOOKS delicious, so I just want to clarify and say that it IS delicious! I’ve made this three times and wouldn’t change a thing. The last time we didn’t even make it to sandwiches and ended up eating the cheese and pistachio mixture on crackers and raw veggies.

  33. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 19, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    I’m going to make this for dinner tonight! Question: is it 1/4 cup of shelled pistachios? or equivalent to 1/4 cup IN shell? I’m sure this is a silly question, but I am just curious. Thanks!

    • Bev Weidner August 19, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      You’re right! 1/4 cup shelled! And a few extra to snack on. ;)

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