Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My friend reminded me that it was Grilled Cheese day a couple days ago due to an inside joke that we had. Then she went ahead and tagged me in a Dave’s Killer Bread picture which made me want one even better. So I did what any food addicted person would do, I went home and decided I needed to have one for dinner. In my fridge I noticed that I had some kimchi that has been fermenting for a couple of months. This kimchi was hot to begin with so I tasted it now and it was much hotter but still tasted good.

The melding of flavours in this sandwich were out of this world. So much so that I could not wait to take the picture and ate a quarter of the sandwich.

As with any grilled cheese sandwich, this is incredibly versatile. You can use almost whatever bread, cheese, or additions that you like. Usually I like a thicker bread but I only had this 21 Grain Bread. Also, tomato goes really well with this but I just did not have any. The kosher salt is optional if you use salted butter.

  • Servings: 1-serving
  • Difficulty: easy
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Summary

  • Cuisine: Fusion
  • Course: sandwich
  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes mins
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes mins

Ingredients

1/2 Cup Kimchi
1 Tablespoon Butter, unsalted
to taste Kosher Salt
to taste Cheddar Cheese
to taste Monterey Jack Cheese
2 Pieces of Bread
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika

Steps

  1. Heat a small skillet over high heat. Chop the Kimchi into smaller pieces.
  2. When the skillet is hot, add the chopped Kimchi. Cook until the Kimchi is brown in spots (about 3 – 5 minutes). Set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, melt a 1/2 Tablespoon of Butter and a pinch of Kosher Salt over medium-low heat.
  4. Slice or grate the cheeses, keeping separate, and set aside.
  5. While the skillet is warming up, prepare the sandwich. On the first slice of Bread, spread 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard, followed by the Cheddar Cheese, the Garlic Powder, the Smoked Paprika, the sauteed Kimchi, and the Monterey Jack Cheese.
  6. Add a 1/2 teaspoon of Dijon Mustard on the second slice of Bread and place on top of the sandwich.
  7. Carefully, add the sandwich to the hot skillet and cook until golden brown (about 4 – 5 minutes), moving the sandwich around the skillet occasionally.
  8. Remove the sandwich, melt the other 1/2 Tablespoon of Butter and add another pinch of Kosher Salt.
  9. Carefully, return the sandwich to the hot skillet and cook until golden brown (about 4 – 5 minutes), moving the sandwich around the skillet occasionally.

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