FUN FOOD FRIDAY: Chef Lou makes a Mexican-inspired sandwich, The Ranchero

This indulgent Mexican-inspired sandwich delivers big flavor with chorizo sausage, sautéed onions, spicy Wisconsin Pepper Jack and American Cheese and crispy potatoes puffs.

Ingredients
- ½ cup ground Mexican chorizo
- ½ yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 4 slices best-quality white bread
- 3 slices Wisconsin Pepper Jack Cheese
- Handful of frozen cooked potato
puffs (about 12)
- 6 slices Wisconsin American *
Cheese, divided
- Sliced pickled jalapeño chiles (optional)
- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter

Cooking directions
- Combine chorizo and onion in medium skillet and cook over medium-high heat until chorizo is cooked through and onions are soft, stirring often, about 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to paper-towel-lined plate to drain.
- For each sandwich, layer bottom slice of bread, in this order, with 3 slices Pepper Jack, half chorizo-onion mixture, half the potato puffs, 3 American Cheese slices and pickled jalapeños, if using. Finish with remaining American Cheese slices and top with remaining bread slices.
- Butter sandwich tops and bottoms with 1 tablespoon of butter per bread slice.
- Place sandwiches in preheated nonstick skillet and grill, covered, over low heat, flipping as needed, until cheese is melted and bread is brown and crispy. Serve with side of sour cream.

No. of Servings: 2

WISCONSIN PEPPER JACK
A derivative of Monterey Jack, Wisconsin Pepper Jack cheese is flecked with chopped chilies, typically green and red jalapeño peppers. Pepper Jack is often used in Mexican dishes such as quesadillas. It is also commonly served with bread and crackers.

FLAVOR: Levels of “hot” vary. Has a zesty kick with the fresh flavor of the chilies. Overtones of the mellow and buttery flavor of Monterey Jack.

GOES WELL WITH: Mexican foods, sandwiches, burgers, egg dishes, stratas, and shredded on mild white fish.

LIKES THESE DRINKS: Chianti, Lager, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, and Zinfandel.

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