grilled cheese sandwich recipeHot Mess Grilled Cheese

This is what happens when you’ve shared your life together with someone for 17 years, The Homemade Hot Mess Grilled Cheese. Inspired from this Jack-in-the-Box commercial and our grilled cheese shoot with LA Brea Bakery a few weeks ago.  It’s this week, 17 years ago that we had our first conversations about food, gardening and camping together.

So how do we start celebrating? By making a sexy grilled cheese sandwich for lunch.

To celebrate our 17th anniversary, it seemed quite apropos to start off a lunch with a sexy grilled cheese sandwich. But this isn’t just any grilled cheese sandwich. It’s loaded with pepper jack cheese, spicy pickled jalapenos, thick onions rings and really good crusty bread. It’s a sandwich for bad boys and naughty girls, or those daring eaters who don’t care about calories.

This is how we say, “I Love You. Now, let’s eat!”

Loaded with flavor

It’s all homemade, it’s a hot mess and it’s a grilled cheese that’s super decadent, dripping with spice, grease, flavor and love. It’s the week of Valentines and our anniversary that get us in this mind-set to let loose and not take ourselves too seriously. After 17 years of sharing your lives together, it’s crazy culinary times like these that bring us closer. And if it means getting a little messy in the kitchen, well, it’s all worth the pile of dirty dishes.

To laugh out loud, joke around and still love each other regardless of our imperfections is what our purpose is in life.

Last year we made cake pops for our 16th anniversary. This year we made a mess of ourselves with a crumbly, drippy grilled cheese sandwich. What does all this mean? When we hit our 20th year anniversary are we going to go sky-diving?! Oh yes, what a fantastic idea.

In celebration of this week with all those that you love deeply, let’s cook good food, make a mess in the kitchen and join the Hot Mess Club!

Happy Valentine’s Day for everyday,

diane and todd

grilled cheese sandwich recipe

grilled cheese sandwich recipe


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The "Hot Mess" Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

We're not sure if this sandwich really even requires a recipe, but below are the ingredients and you can certainly make it your own hot mess!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 1 Sandwich
Calories: 503kcal


  • 2 slices bread
  • 3-4 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 2 onion rings
  • 2 pickled jalapenos
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  • Butter outside slices of bread. Layer in cheese, onion rings and pickled jalapenos.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Grill sandwich on both sides until golden brown and the cheese is nice & melty. Enjoy!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Sandwiches, Stove Top


Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1230mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1346IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 562mg | Iron: 3mg
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