Époisses Grilled Cheese and Pepper Jelly Sandwiches

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

This indulgent sandwich from chef Vivian Howard is a fun combination of Époisses, the pungent French cow-milk cheese, and sweet and spicy pepper jelly.


  • 0.5 cup pecan halves
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 1/2-inch-thick slices of sourdough bread
  • 4 Tbsp hot pepper jelly
  • 1 Can chilled round of Époisses cheese (8.8 ounces), cut into 1/4-inch slice


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a pie pan, toss the pecans with the oil and salt. Bake for 8 minutes or until toasted. Let the pecans cool, then coarsely chop.
  2. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of the butter on one side of each slice of bread. Spread 1/2 tablespoon of the pepper jelly on the other side of each slice. Arrange the Époisses on the jelly side of 4 slices of bread and top with the pecans. Cover each sandwich with another slice of bread, butter side facing out.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over moderate heat. Add 2 sandwiches and grill for about 4 minutes. Flip the sandwiches and cook until golden brown on the bottom and the cheese is melted, 4 minutes more. Transfer to a work surface and cook the remaining 2 sandwiches.

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Recipe Credit: Vivian Howard
Image Credit: Christina Holmes