Kimchi grilled cheese sandwich

23 Apr

Kimchi grilled cheese

Kimchi and cheese probably seems  an odd combination to most people.

Even today, I doubt the average Korean family eats much cheese, and kimchi is hardly a store cupboard staple in Britain (though it certainly is in this British home).

But in this global world, these two unlikely ingredients have met and fallen in love. Kimcheeze anyone? Sorry…

In an attempt to raise the tone, I quote the famous gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin:

The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of the human race than the discovery of a star.

Kimchi grilled cheese sandwich
(serves 1)

  • 2 slices bread
  • butter, soft enough to spread easily
  • 1/4″-thick slices of cheese: cheddar, red leicester, gruyère
  • 1/4 cup kimchi
  1. Heat a frying pan over a low flame.
  2. Squeeze any excess liquid from the kimchi and chop roughly.
  3. Lie the bread on a cutting board. Arrange half the cheese slices in a single layer on one slice.
  4. Top with chopped kimchi, then cover with the remaining cheese slices.
  5. Place the other piece of bread on top to make a sandwich. Butter the top slice generously.
  6. Carefully transfer the sandwich, butter side down, into the frying pan. Butter the top side.
  7. Cook the sandwich slowly until the underside is crisp, pressing it down occasionally with a spatula to help it cook evenly and stick together.
  8. Flip the sandwich and carefully cook the other side.
  9. Remove from the heat, cut and serve.

8 Responses to “Kimchi grilled cheese sandwich”

  1. chefkreso April 23, 2017 at 9:11 am #

    Kimchi! Love kimchi, and love grilled cheese – perfect combo! 🙂

    • Andrea April 23, 2017 at 9:30 am #

      Give it a try if you haven’t already — a very happy pairing!

  2. Debbie Rugina April 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Sounds delicious. I feel hungry just looking at it at it. You have inspired me to buy some kimchi!

    • Andrea April 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

      Glad to hear it — I love the stuff, could eat it every day!

  3. Zoli April 23, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    I love kim chi with cheese! Yummy!

  4. Yana April 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

    I love the quote as well! Well said 🙂

    • Andrea April 27, 2017 at 1:28 pm #

      And more applicable than the one about a dessert without cheese being like a beautiful woman with only one eye…;-)

      • Yana May 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm #

        :)) Brilliant

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