Should I ever be so lucky to have leftover macaroni and cheese, I get excited about indulging in another guilty pleasure: grilled mac and cheese sandwiches. Oh yes, I went there. The decadent macaroni and cheese is nestled between two thick slices of sweet challah bread, topped with sharp cheddar cheese slices, spicy jalapeno peppers and grilled to to a toasty, golden brown perfection that puts grilled cheese sandwiches everywhere to shame.
But wait, it gets even better. I made a version for the Mister with leftovers from the spicy brisket I made over the weekend. This brisket is dry rubbed, slow roasted, slathered with amazing sauce, until it is fall apart tender. Yes, I made it for Thanksgiving this year, and yes, I will post the recipe soon! That version was topped with pickles made with habanero juice. The heat from the pickles cut the cheesiness of the sandwich and highlight the sweet undertones of the challah bread. A grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich is an excellent use of Thanksgiving leftovers. In fact, you may want to make the macaroni and cheese, just so you can turn it into a sandwich. The first time I made it, I made just one sandwich, intending to eat half and save the other half for the Mister so he could taste it. A few minutes later, my plate was empty, minus a few crumbs. It was so creamy, crispy, chewy, cheesy, spicy, I couldn’t help but polish off his half too!
- 4 slices of thick-cut bread (like challah or texas toast)
- 4 slices of cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups warm macaroni and cheese
- 6 slices jalepeno peppers (optional)
- 4 slices pickles (optional)
- 1-2 oz brisket (optional)
- Spread butter on each slice of bread. Place the bread butter side down to build the sandwich.
- Layer with one slice of cheddar cheese on each slice, cutting the cheese if necessary, to make it fit.
- Divide the macaroni and cheese equally between two slices of bread, on top of the cheese slices. Add any additional toppings remaining. Top with the remaining bread slices so that the butter side is now up on the top slice.
- Heat a large pan on medium low heat. Place sandwiches in pan and grill for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and cheese is melted. Carefully, flip sandwich over and grill until the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes. Press down gently with a spatula to bind the sandwich together.
- Remove from heat, slice diagonally and serve immediately.