• Habanero Jack Grilled Cheese with Pears & Prosciutto

    by  • August 5, 2013 • bread, main dishes • 15 Comments

    Today, we’re here to inspire you to make the BEST grilled cheese sandwich ever. Joined by the great folks over at Great Midwest, an all natural Wisconsin cheese company, we’re challenging YOU to head into the kitchen and create a decadent grilled cheese that will blow the judges over! What judges? Read more about the Great Midwest Grilled Cheese competition below!  


    Nothing says comfort food more than a gooey grilled cheese sandwich! Well today we’re revisiting the classic sandwich and creating a more decadent, gourmet sandwich you can serve to friends and family. And since we’re partnering up with Great Midwest cheeses, here’s a little more about them and this line: This tantalizing line of Wisconsin-made, artisan cheeses is blended with flavors that appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Hand-crafted in small batches, using only the purest, certified hormone-free milk for a smooth, natural, consistent flavor worthy of a gallery. Each Great Midwest® cheese is a masterpiece.

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    To create this unique grilled cheese sandwich, we first had to decide on which of the Great Midwest cheeses to use and eventually settled on the Habanero Jack. Both the husband and I are big spice fans and Habanero peppers are pretty spicy! That being settled, we needed some ingredients to help balance out the heat and that’s where crispy, fresh pears and creamy, salty prosciutto come into play. They both help ease the heat and prolong the flavors. A slathering of whole grain mustard on a chewy, herby ciabatta bread is all you need to make this sandwich complete!

    71156522210Think you have an even better grilled cheese recipe than this one?! Enter the “I Love Grilled Cheese” contest and you could win one of eight fun prizes, including a grand prize of a trip out to the Great Midwest, literally!  You’ll be judged on your creativity using Great Midwest cheeses, how great it tastes, and the originality of it, so get brainstorming and create a unique and delicious recipe. The contest started on August 1, 2013, and ends  on September 30, 2013

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    Habanero Jack Grilled Cheese with Pears & Prosciutto

    Prep Time: 5 minutes

    Cook Time: 5 minutes

    Total Time: 10 minutes

    Yield: 2 sandwiches

    Spicy with a hint of sweetness from the pears and prosciutto, this grilled cheese is unlike any other you've tasted!


    • 4 slices fresh herb ciabatta bread
    • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
    • 8 slices Great Midwest Habanero Jack cheese
    • 1 small pear, thinly sliced
    • 4 slices prosciutto
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


    1. Slather bread with mustard. In the meantime, place a cast iron pan over medium heat.
    2. Build sandwich by layering Habanero Jack cheese, pear slices, and prosciutto. Put together and sear in cast iron pan with butter until cheese melts and is crispy. Enjoy!

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    Enter the “I Love Grilled Cheese” contest today by creating a unique grilled cheese sandwich recipe and entering it via this Great Midwest contest link.  Be sure to check out Great Midwest on Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook as well! Stay tuned because next week we’ll be sharing a deliciously SWEET grilled cheese recipe you’re going to love, plus we’ll be giving away – you guessed it – CHEESE!

    Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post by Great Midwest. All opinions, as well as my love for a good grilled cheese sandwich, are 100% my own. 


    As a freelance food & travel writer, I not only write for my own food blog, Cooking with Books, but collaborate with SheKnows, Honest Cooking, Marcus Samuelsson, and Startle – Forbes Travel Guide. My work has been published (online and in print) in Woman’s Day, NBC Latino, and other food publications.


    15 Responses to Habanero Jack Grilled Cheese with Pears & Prosciutto

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    3. Brittney
      March 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Does anyone recommend a soup with this delightful looking sandwich, other than tomato?

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    11. August 10, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Hmmm. I’ll put on my cheese hat and think. GREG

    12. August 8, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      Girl, that is seriously a freakin’ awesome grilled cheese! You know I love love grilled cheese, had two this week already LOL! Yum-O, Hugs, Terra

    13. August 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      THAT CHEESE! Ohmygoodness.

    14. August 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Habanero Jack is my new ADDICTION. I love it so much!

    15. August 5, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      What an intense grilled cheese! I LOVE it!

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