Friday 4 June 2010

Snack attack: jalapeno and cheddar mousetraps

Who can resist a grilled cheese sandwich?  Not many, if any.  Spice them up with some pickled jalapenos and you've got yourself a hell of an afternoon snack.  Super easy, super fast and oh so satisfying.

I'm not sure why we call them mousetraps in New Zealand & Australia.  Mousetraps are traditionally made with marmite (or vegemite) on toast.  In my version, the tangy jalapenos add just the right amount of heat and tartness to cut through the cheddar.  Great for a hung over brekkie option as well I might add.

I love the combination of cheddar and pickled jalapenos.  Sometimes I just eat the chillis straight out of the jar with a cube of cheese.  Yes, I'm normal.

Jalapeno and Cheddar Mousetraps

Serves 1

2 slices of toast bread (Vogels is particularly good for this)
Pickled jalapenos, roughly chopped
Cheddar cheese, grated
Freshly grated black pepper

Set your oven to grill and preheat to 200oC.  Make sure the rack is at the top of the oven.

Toast the bread to quite crispy.  Sprinkle chopped up jalapenos on top, then add a good handful of grated cheddar.

Place on baking tray and grill till lightly goldem, around 5 minutes.  Crack some black pepper over top.


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