Sweet Surprise

Created by:

Michael Hultquist — Lake in the Hills, IL

Take your taste buds on an adventure with the Sweet Surprise. The unique combination of the habanero spread and beer battered apple slices is one your mouth will never forget. And it gets even better since this sandwich is loaded with three Wisconsin cheeses: parmesan, pepper jack and American cheese.


Heat oven to 400°F.

For spread: Place habanero, parmesan, pecans and parsley in bowl of food processor. Process until slightly chunky. Drizzle in olive oil and process until mixture has consistency of thick spread. Set aside.

Prepare apples: Pour canola oil into Dutch oven or deep pot; heat to 375°F. Meanwhile, make a batter. Place 1/2 cup flour, baking powder and salt in large bowl. Whisk in cream ale vigorously. Place flour for dredging in shallow bowl. Dip apple slices into flour, 1 by 1, then into beer batter. Shake off any excess and add to hot oil in batches. Deep-fry 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Carefully remove slices and drain on paper towels.

For sandwiches: Heat skillet. Butter insides of rolls and place in hot skillet, buttered-side-down. Heat until crispy. Spread habanero spread over the 2 roll bottoms. Top with pepper jack and American cheeses and beer-battered apple slices. Bake until warmed through and cheeses are melted. Place roll tops over to form sandwiches.



For Habanero Spread:

  • 1 habanero chile pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 5 ounces pecans, lightly toasted
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil

For Beer-Battered Apple Slices:

  • 2 cups or more canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus additional for dredging
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cream ale beer
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced

For Sandwiches:

  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 jalapeno-Cheddar rolls, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) Wisconsin American Cheese, shredded
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