Recipe Flash: Turkey Pepperjack Melts


WEEKEND BRUNCH MENU (FOR TWO): Turkey Pepperjack Melts; Sweet Potato Fries; Cilantro Slaw; Pickles

I love a good turkey sandwich. But for some reason, I’m not really the type of person who keeps regular old sandwich bread around. In New York, that’s easy enough to remedy. When I get the craving, I’ll often just make a pit stop at my corner deli and either order their version of my go-to turkey club, or, in this case, if I have some random sandwich fixings already, I’ll ask them to just sell me two pieces of whole wheat sandwich bread for 50 cents.

That’s how this sandwich came about. I inherited the leftover smoked turkey and sliced pepperjack from a lunch of cold cuts and grilled cheeses on this weekend away with friends. I rarely buy pepperjack on my own, but after melting it between two slices of bread slathered with my new favorite mustard, it might have become my new favorite sandwich cheese: its spiciness was the perfect complement to the sweet, hot mustard and a colorful backdrop to everyday turkey.

From my kitchen, albeit small, to yours,



Turkey Pepperjack Melts
Makes 2 sandwiches Ingredients

2 tbsp butter
4 slices whole wheat bread
2 tbsp honey mustard (or this hot sweet mustard)
8 slices pepperjack cheese
8 slices smoked turkey breast

In a small bowl, heat the butter in the microwave until melted.

Lay the slices of bread on a work surface and brush on one side with the melted butter. Flip the bread over and slather the other side with mustard. Lay two slices of cheese on each slice of bread, followed by two slices of turkey. Sandwich each pair together.

Heat a small non-stick skillet over a medium-high flame. When hot, but not smoking, add one sandwich to the pan and cook until it is brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining sandwich.

Cut down the middle and serve immediately.

  • Chrissy

    yum! thanks for the tip… love pepperjack and turkey… looks like another great dinner idea!.

  • Sara

    Spicy mustard and cheese are the perfect sandwich combo. I always like to spread some jam on sandwiches with spicy cheese/mustard too….I love the sweet and spicy contrast. Raspberry is my favorite, although I'm becoming partial to blueberry.

  • Colleen

    How did you know I have been craving turkey sandwiches in all varieties lately? My favorite combo is a smear of mayonnaise and dijon mustard with three slices of turkey, one slice of pepperoni (for kick) and one slice of Muenster on good, crusty bread. Sometimes I add tomatoes (on the mayonnaise side), for my health.

  • Atlanta, Food and Love

    I bet a little arugula or even plain lettuce would give this sandwich a nice crunch, but great combo with the pepperjack and turkey!

  • Phoebe and Cara, The Quarter-Life Cooks

    Colleen–you've hit upon my FAVORITE sandwich growing up. I used to have turkey, 1 slice of hot salami, mayo and lettuce on a baguette or crusty kaiser roll. Now I am craving this from childhood!

    Atlanta, Food & Love–I LOVE putting arugula on sandwiches, give such a nice peppery bite! Great idea!

  • Caitlyn

    What's your new favorite mustard? I want it!

  • SUper Foodie

    Such a staple for us quarter-lifers. I love and make these all the time too!

  • Simply Luxurious

    Cara & Phoebe,

    Loved this recipe and can't wait to try it.
    I just wanted to let you know I will be mentioning your blog as well as this recipe on my weekly Cups of Tea, as I know my readers would love it!

    Stop on by. =)

    Thoroughly enjoy your blog and am always able to pull 1 or 2 recipes each week that catch my attention. Wonderful job.

  • Courtney

    That looks amazing! I might have to throw on some avocado too. It makes every sando better!

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