Recipe: Grilled Cheese with Dense, Spicy Turkish Pepper Paste

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One of the reasons I love grilled cheese sandwiches is that they’re incredibly easy to make: all you need are a few basic tools and simple ingredients to make something delicious. But that doesn’t mean America’s favorite sandwich has to be boring. Using flavorful artisan cheese and inventive add-ins like Pepper Crush’s dense, spicy pepper paste will take your next grilled cheese to the next level. 

Consider this pepper paste a more flavorful version of sun-dried tomato paste. It’s made completely out of freshly dried hot peppers, and pureed with olive oil and sea salt. This classic application in a grilled cheese sandwich makes for an easy yet satisfying gourmet lunch.


  • 2 slices of bread, no more than ½ inch thick
  • 2-3 slices Vermont Herdsman and Gruyere cheese (4 oz)
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon Turkish pepper paste

How to make it?

  1. Preheat the skillet over medium heat.
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread.
  3. Place one slice bread, buttered side down, onto skillet.
  4. Top the bread in skillet with cheese slices.
  5. Spread Elif’s Pepper Paste onto the un-buttered side of your second slice of bread. Use this slice to top your sandwich, buttered side up.
  6. Grill until lightly browned and flip. Continue grilling until cheese is melted.

Beer pairing recommendations: Nut Brown or Amber Ales, or a Pilsner.

Photos by Jess Hitt

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grilled cheese with spicy pepper paste recipe

Jessica Sennett is the founder and inventor of Cheese Grotto. Her whole life is cheese - seriously.

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