Spicy Mango and Ham Grilled Cheese

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If you are dying to see (more) photos of the royal baby…  This might come as a shock, but I totally can’t help you.

However, if you’re dying to see photos of something seriously awesome, interesting, multifaceted, comforting and somehow sophisticated, here it is:

I’m sure George will grow up to be all those things too…  But for now, I’m much more interested in* buttery, golden brown, glistening bread, oozing melted cheese, and a triple-threat salty, sweet and spicy flavor combo.

(*Unless they change their mind and name him Optimus Prime)

You see, ham is a right at home paired with sweet fruit–think Hawaiian pizza, prosciutto and melon, etc.  And it just so happens that I’m a big fan of mangoes’  silky-firm texture, bright golden color and sweet-as-can-be, uh, sweetness.

On the other hand, mango and chili play nicely too.  If you’ve ever tried dried mango with chili powder…  You know the deal.

So the thought process goes: mango+chili, mango+ham, mango+chili+ham. And when it comes to putting flavors together, nothing quite rounds out the picture like bread and cheese, right?

Also, Hungry Globetrotter, a hot sauce subscription service (whaaat? yes! They send you fun, interesting, constantly-changing hot sauces a few times a year), kindly sent me a bottle of Bandar Spicy Mango Sauce to try out, and I love Bandar’s basic premise: Indian flavors for American palates, for use with American foods.

What’s more American than grilled cheese?  Jazz?  Baseball?  I’ll give you those, but grilled cheese is definitely in the Top Ten America Things List.

And the sauce!  The sauce is very Indian–fragrant, flavorful, tangy, and spicy (spicier than I expected, which I love).  Also important: nothing suspicious or mysterious or unpronounceable on the ingredient list.  Score, and score.

I think you could do this with basically any hot sauce, but like I said–I really like the idea of mainstreaming Indian flavors up in here.

I like this photo because it looks like a mouth, licking its lip and thinking, “Hot damn, I am a delicious little ray of sunshine.”  And it totally is.

I forgot to mention the cheese…  And this is where it shines.  Melty and mild works well–this is fontina, coming at your plate, so hurry up, you know?

Don’t mind if I do.

Spicy Mango and Ham Grilled Cheese
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices white bread
  2. 1 slice ham
  3. 2 slices good melting cheese, like fontina, provolone or mozzarella
  4. 1/4 of a mango, sliced
  5. 2-3 tablespoons hot sauce of your choice (I used Bandar Spicy Mango)
  6. Softened butter
Instructions
  1. Butter both slices of bread generously, then flip and spread hot sauce on the other side (don't get lazy; get it all the way to the edges).
  2. On the hot-sauced sides, layer a slice of cheese on each, then mango slices on one and ham on the other. Close that sucker.
  3. Cook in a preheated skillet over medium-low heat until well browned and melted in the middle (about 4 minutes per side, but check and flip if it starts to get too browned). And there, you just made yo'self a sandwich!
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13 Responses to Spicy Mango and Ham Grilled Cheese

  1. Oh my gosh. I laughed out loud when I saw your suggestion *dream* for the royal couple to name the baby Optimus Prime. Hilarious. That would make him much more interesting! George?
    I am in love with this sandwich. Fontina is my FAVE!!!! and, my new sister-in-law is from the Phillippines and she brought us gifts of dried mango slices – WOW. I love fresh mango anyway, but those slices? I inhaled a whole bag in less than 10 minutes.
    Good stuff. And yes, nothing rounds out beautiful foods like grilled bread and melted cheese.
    mmmmmmm.hmmmm.

  2. Whoa – I think I just found today’s lunch! And I love the use of mango in this savory sandwich!

  3. I would rather look at a million pictures of this sandwich than peep the royal baby! Melty cheese > other people’s infants, amirite? I love everything about this flavor combination. And thanks for the tip about the hot sauce subscription–I know what’s going on my Christmas list!

    • Youaresorite! And Christmas? Oy, so far away, but definitely a good idea for a gift. Subscriptions are the gift that keeps on giving, all year!

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  5. In my first job after college, I worked with a crew of probably 20 Mexican ladies. They were a lot of fun, but I loved their potlucks the best. I remember walking into the break room one day while one of them was sitting with a fresh mango, a paring knife, and a bottle of Goya Saizon chili seasoning. I thought she was so strange for slicing off the mango piece by piece, dusting it with the salty chili seasoning, and eating it for her lunch…. Until she gave me a slice. Bliss. I love how the hot sauce would balance out the natural sweetness/mildness of the rest of the sandwich. Yummy!

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