Grilled Cheese with Spicy Pickles, Pepper Jack & Garlic Aioli
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Serves: 1
  • 1 tablespoon mayo
  • 1 small clove garlic, turned into paste with some salt
  • 2 slices good bread, lightly toasted
  • 2 ounces pepper jack cheese, sliced
  • 1 small half sour pickle, preferably spicy, thinly sliced on the vertical into planks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayo and the minced garlic. Spread the bread with this "garlic aioli." Layer the cheese on the mayo, then top with the pickle planks. Layer on the second piece of bread.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat for 4 minutes. Add half of the butter, and when it melts, place the sandwich in the pan with a weight on top for best results. I use this Lodge weight, but you could try a second frying pan, or just press down occasionally with your spatula.
  3. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the bread is golden and the cheese starts to melt. Lift the sandwich up, add another ½ tablespoon of butter to the pan, flip the sandwich, and cook about 5 minutes on the second side. Let rest for a moment, then cut in half and serve.
Recipe by Big Girls Small Kitchen at