If you thought, we shared a passionate connection yesterday over orange ramen for our new segment – The Shits I Eat When I’m By Myself – well, here comes true love.

True love is… true love is…  I say true love is when your other half walked in on you, with this throbbing in your mouth, said nothing, walked away and pretended like nothing happened, and didn’t cancel your credit card…  Uh, what was in your mouth oh I mean, my mouth you asked?  Uhem… even the mere pronunciation of the words, has to come with great courage…  It’s sharp gouda grilled cheese.  ……………..  OK.  OK… that’s not entirely honest.  Wwwell, it’s sharp gouda grilled cheese with baby arugula, and something tangy, spicy hot and fabulously crunchy in between…  What?  Now you’re just prying…

Fine!  FINE!  It’s flaming hot crunchy cheetos!  It’s FLAMING HOT CRUNCHY CHEETOS!  And I fucking love this shit!  Ya happy now?  It’s gooey melted gouda grilled cheese, but with a crunchy and contrasting texture sandwiched right in between, releasing neon-red powers that are, possibly, the last surviving legal addiction.  And didn’t you hear that there’s A-RU-GU-LA?  Which is, a ve-ge-ta-ble.  Which is, not just there to validate that I’m still a human being, but to elevate the entire flavour profile to please anyone, who obviously, isn’t insane.

What’s not to like?  Don’t answer that…

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5 minutes

Serving Size: 1


  • 2 slices white toast
  • 4~6 thin slices gouda cheese
  • 1 cup flaming hot crunchy cheetos
  • 1 handful baby arugula
  • Melted unsalted butter for brushing


  1. Place 2 ~ 3 slices of gouda cheese on each side of the toast (depending on the size but you'll want at least 2 layers for each sides). Pile on the flaming hot crunchy cheetos and baby arugula, then close the sandwich. Brush the toasts evenly with melted unsalted butter.
  2. Heat up a skillet over medium-low heat, then grill the toast until golden browned on both sides. You'll want to keep the heat not too hot, so the toasts don't burn before the cheese melts (which is important because that's what holds everything together).
  3. Eat IMMEDIATELY before the cheetos get stale.


It's important that you consume this immediately out of the skillet, undeterred by the voice of reason in your head, standing over the kitchen-counter if you must, while the crunchy cheetos are still retain their crunches!  There's something worse than doing shit this wrong, and that is, not to enjoy it at the height of its filthy pleasure.

I love to use gouda cheese for its sharpness, but you can also use swiss cheese or provolone cheese as substitute. I wouldn't use something like sharp cheddar because it might overwhelm the cheetos.

Arugula, not just there for show. It's important.

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  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker

    November 12, 2014 at 6:54 PM Reply

    Chip sandwiches! Mandy you taken the typical to insane with the use of Cheetos and hot sauce. I can not believe there is a vegetable in it. I am reading correctly? Genius ;)


    November 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM Reply

    We must be tuned into the same channel because I make something like this too~~~!!! Except I use Lime Tostidos and aioli to toast the bread instead of butter. Truly there is something to the saying, “great minds think alike.”

  • Cindy @ Elgin Harvest

    November 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM Reply

    “…because it might overwhelm the cheetos.”

    I can’t wait to see what the rest of the week brings because this has me not only laughing at what you do, but also cringing at the taste memories of some of things I’ve eaten over the kitchen sink. Sometimes the meals are from poverty, some from drunkeness, and some are due to lack of energy to cook up something better.

    • mandy@ladyandpups

      November 12, 2014 at 8:57 PM Reply

      Cindy: Man.. I wish I ate them out of desperation. But the fact is, I actually love eating this… oh shit what’s wrong with me…

  • Lindsay

    November 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM Reply

    Sweet Jeebus! If only I could find Flaming Hot Cheetos in South Korea! And good cheese that doesn’t sap my paycheck :( For now, I will just drool over this brilliant post. Slow clap …..

  • Lindsay

    November 12, 2014 at 9:32 PM Reply

    Sweet Cheebus! If only I could find Flaming Hot Cheetos in South Korea! And good cheese that doesn’t sap my paycheck :( For now, I will just drool over this brilliant post. Slow clap …..

  • Lindsay

    November 12, 2014 at 9:34 PM Reply

    Gah, double post. Sorry! I’m too excited by this, haha!

  • Saucy Spatula

    November 12, 2014 at 9:51 PM Reply

    JESUS. This is why I love your work!!

  • Melinda

    November 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM Reply

    Killer drunk food. Happening this weekend in my kitchen.

  • Michelle @ Healthy Recipe Ecstasy

    November 12, 2014 at 10:55 PM Reply

    It’s like you crawled into my mind and then came out my stomach. That doesn’t even make sense. But you’ve driven me dazed and confused by this crazy concoction. Cheetos = one of my biggest weaknesses. Grilled cheese = another big weakness. I have never thought about putting them together but now I can’t stop thinking about it. Did I mention I’m pregnant? PREGNANT WOMAN’S DREAM FOOD.

  • Ellie

    November 12, 2014 at 11:49 PM Reply

    Well, this shit just got INTENSE

  • Melissa

    November 13, 2014 at 1:06 AM Reply

    I usually stick to tuna sandwiches with Hot Cheetos but you just made me realized that I, too, can get a little fancier with my chip sandwich. One of my guilty & embarrassing pleasures is Hot Cheetos smothered in Rico’s Cheese. So true love for me is when the gas station near my house starts serving Hot Cheetos & Ricos Cheese, and every time, my man willingly goes in there for me while I hide behind tinted car windows…

    I’m gonna marry that man.

  • Jodi@prairiekuchen

    November 13, 2014 at 1:37 AM Reply

    WOWZA – and just when I thought it couldn’t get worse…. :)

  • Karen @HonestlyYUM

    November 13, 2014 at 1:39 AM Reply

    omg, this is amazing. i LOOOOOVE flaming hot cheetos. no shame in those red-stained fingers.

  • Lauren

    November 13, 2014 at 5:08 AM Reply

    I’ve loved your site for months now, but this post makes it my official favorite daily site to look at. So awesome keep em coming please!!

  • Amaryllis

    November 13, 2014 at 6:55 AM Reply

    Now I HAVE to make this. Just to test if I ‘ve found true love.

  • Wilks

    November 13, 2014 at 3:23 PM Reply

    I subscribed to your email list after stumbling upon this recipe. What in tarnation possessed you to make this crazy looking’ sonuva bitch? Did Cheech and Chong come over with some arugula and you decided to mix in some cheetos for shits and giggles?

    I can’t wait to try this tomorrow and I thank you for your contribution to the world. God bless.

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    November 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM Reply

    hahahaha “didn’t cancel your credit card”!! SO funny. But this?! This is no laughing matter. This shit is serious. And I love it.

  • Francois de Melogue

    November 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM Reply

    OK, now you are reminding me of food eaten when living eight years in Mendocino, California (i.e. stoner food)… Like Primanti brothers sandwiches, only crispier… I love your site and love what you do…

  • Marcella

    November 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM Reply

    This sandwich makes perfect sense!

  • J.Lee

    November 13, 2014 at 11:14 PM Reply

    hi/low cuisine? profanity? my blue heaven references?
    you’re obviously a sister from another mother. lets have lunch!

  • derek

    November 13, 2014 at 11:29 PM Reply

    I do something very similar, grilled PB&J with regular Cheetos. Hell Yes!!!

  • Erica

    November 14, 2014 at 12:00 AM Reply

    This looks freaking good. I want it. Chip sandwiches=solution to all problems

  • Amy Kim

    November 14, 2014 at 3:01 AM Reply

    hell’s yes! crunch-a-munch-a…

  • Judy@ImBoredLetsGo

    November 14, 2014 at 5:03 AM Reply

    OMG love this! I ALWAYS put potato chips in my tuna sandwiches. This just upped the game! Brilliant!

  • Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    November 14, 2014 at 5:16 AM Reply

    I am so in love right now. My husband and I always get flaming hot cheetos on roadtrips, so putting them in a sandwich seems inevitable. Love the gouda, too!! :)

  • Angie

    November 14, 2014 at 9:11 AM Reply

    You had me with “flaming cheetos”. Looks fantastic!

  • Desire

    November 15, 2014 at 4:33 AM Reply

    I am not a very good cook. But the recipe is quiet simple. I’ll probably give it a try.

  • Allison

    November 15, 2014 at 10:59 AM Reply

    My daughter would love this. I guess I’ll send her the suggestion. And she can make it herself, since she’s prone to cooking (she’s an adult now).

  • Nikki

    November 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM Reply

    I was at the zoo the other day and was only provided with bread, ham, and mayo for lunch. Stuffed some hot cheetos in… MIND BLOWN

  • Pang

    November 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM Reply

    Oh Mandy, I feel like I found my long lost childhood friend!!!! Did you by any chance go to school in Bangkok when you were little? hahaha
    The “shit” you eat has surpassed mine tenfold!!!! I love your sincerity and most of all, your love for Cheetos!!!! :)

  • dc

    November 16, 2014 at 7:32 PM Reply

    You had me at hello! Love flaming cheetos and inside grilled cheese…brilliant!! Thanks for sharing…the grocery store doesn’t open for 1/2 hr…maybe Walmart! Yum!

  • Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen

    November 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM Reply

    This looks freakin’ delicious, lady!

  • Kelly Jo

    November 17, 2014 at 10:27 PM Reply

    New reader here! You had me at Flaming Cheetos. This is amazing.

  • Sara

    November 18, 2014 at 2:51 AM Reply

    That is some of most aesthetically pleasing trashy food I’ve ever seen! Who knew that red dye on flaming Cheetos had such an artistic purpose. What kind of bread did you use? I love how it’s all right angles

  • Sara

    November 19, 2014 at 8:41 AM Reply

    This isn’t nearly as pretty, but it’s a similarly indulgent concept:

  • Wendy

    November 21, 2014 at 9:40 AM Reply

    I think I f****** really love you.

  • Sofia

    November 21, 2014 at 7:03 PM Reply

    Your series has some cool ideas (next week my Mr H will be off on a business trip so I will be here on my own, I shall be creative too). I have to say too that this series is soooo entertaining, I mean flaming cheetos in a sandwich, I can only trust you to have though of that! I had even forgotten the existance of cheetos, last time I had some in my hands must have been in my teenage years, lol.

  • Trish @ Well Worn Fork

    February 7, 2015 at 12:53 PM Reply

    Just saw this on pinterest and it made me laugh out loud – AWESOME!

  • Mike Thompson

    March 13, 2015 at 11:42 PM Reply

    Lady, you are a hoot! You may have just come up with something that will rival french fries, cheese curds, and gravy in guilty pleasure points.

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