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A spiced-up pumpkin spread and a drizzle of hot honey gives Rach's Deviled Grilled Cheese sandwich—which she created for our Halloween episode—some sweet heat.

Rach's Tip: For a mild grilled pumpkin and cheese, simply omit the hot sauce and use half the amount of mustard. 

She likes to serve these sandwiches with her Roasted Garlic Roasted Pumpkin Soup


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, store-bought, or reserved roasted from Roasted Garlic Roasted Pumpkin Soup
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, pimenton
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (Rach's go-to is Frank's RedHot)
  • 1 teaspoon yellow or brown mustard (Rach likes Gulden's)
  • ½ teaspoon ground sage
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon granulated onion
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 8 slices whole wheat or marble rye bread
  • 4 slices yellow American cheese
  • 4 slices sharp cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese
  • Hot honey, store-bought or homemade


Serves: 4


Heat a griddle or large cast-iron skillet over medium heat. 

Combine puree with salt, pepper, paprika, hot sauce, mustard, sage, garlic, and onion.  

Lightly butter 1 side of bread. Build sandwiches buttered sides out: pumpkin spread, cheeses, a drizzle of hot honey. Grill sandwiches to golden and crispy and cheeses are melted. Cut corner to corner and serve.