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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Chipotle Pumpkin Grilled Cheese

Pumpkin and chipotle take an ordinary grilled cheese to a new level of creamy, gooey, decadence in this adaptation of a Hungry Girl recipe. If you're not familiar with chipotle peppers then it's about time you discovered this fantastic ingredient! Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce are dried jalapeños in a red, adobo sauce. You can find them in a small can in the ethnic section of most grocery stores but be sure to check the ingredients since a few brands contain flour. Chipotle peppers are a great panty staple to have on hand since they are an easy way to add a smoky and spicy flavor to dishes. Typically a recipe will only use a small amount but you can save ant leftovers so they don't go to waste. Simply empty the remainder of the can into a freezer safe ziploc bag and freeze (it will turn into a frozen block). In the future when you want Chipotle, just cut off what you need and defrost for a few seconds in the microwave.

Chipotle Pumpkin Grilled Cheese
Gluten Free
Makes 1 Sandwich

1/2-1 tsp chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on heat preference), finely chopped
1/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 dashes cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/8 tsp garlic powder
Dash black pepper
2 slices light gluten free sandwich bread
2 tsp. light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
1 slice fat-free cheddar cheese

1. In a small bowl, combine chipotle, pumpkin, cheese wedge, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and black pepper. Mix until smooth and set aside.

2. Lay bread slices flat and evenly spread the upward-facing sides with butter. Flip slices over. Evenly top one slice with pumpkin mixture, followed by the slice of cheese. Place the other bread slice on top, buttered side up. Set aside.

3. Spray a small nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and bring to medium-high heat on the stove.

4. Gently place sandwich in the skillet and cook until lightly browned on the outside and hot on the inside, about 2 minutes per side, flipping carefully with a spatula. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Information-- approximately 215 calories per sandwich

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