Grilled Cheese, Bacon and Jalapeño Sandwiches


8 slices bacon
1/2 jalapeño chile, finely chopped
1/4 cup butter, softened
8 slices country-style bread
12 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, sliced


In 8-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Remove from skillet to paper towel. Add chile to bacon drippings in skillet; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes. Place chile on paper towel.
Spread butter on both sides of each slice of bread. Top each of 4 bread slices with layer of cheese, chopped chile, 2 slices of bacon and another layer of cheese. Cover each with second slice of bread.
Heat 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook sandwiches until bread is browned and cheese begins to melt. Turn sandwiches; cook until cheese is completely melted.

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