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Ranchero

Created by:

Malcom Bedell — Thomaston, ME

This indulgent Mexican-inspired sandwich has what it takes to satisfy the largest of appetites as well as the most discerning of palates. It delivers big flavor with ground Mexican chorizo, sautéed onions, spicy Wisconsin Pepper Jack and American Cheeses, and crispy potato puffs.

COOKING DIRECTIONS

Combine chorizo and onion in medium skillet and cook over medium-high heat until chorizo is cooked through and onions are soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

For each sandwich, layer bottom slice of bread, in this order, with 3 slices Pepper Jack, half chorizo-onion mixture, half the potato puffs, 3 American Cheese slices and pickled jalapeños, if using. Finish with remaining American Cheese slices and top with remaining bread slices.

Butter sandwich tops and bottoms with 1 tablespoon of butter per bread slice. Place sandwiches in preheated nonstick skillet and grill, covered, over low heat, flipping as needed, until cheese is melted and bread is brown and crispy. Serve with side of sour cream.

INGREDIENTS

2
  • 1/2 cup ground Mexican chorizo
  • 1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices best-quality white bread
  • 3 slices Wisconsin Pepper Jack cheese
  • Handful of frozen cooked potato puffs (about 12)
  • 6 slices Wisconsin American Cheese, divided
  • Sliced pickled jalapeño chiles (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) butter
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