I want to share this recipe for an easy and quick kimchi grilled cheese that I make all the time. Hot, gooey, chewy, cheese is like an injeolmi rice cake, and with crispy, sour, spicy kimchi, it’s irresistible. Ever since I made my own homemade bread, I did so many kinds of experiments on how to use it in toast and sandwiches and of course grilled cheese! I was very happy when I made grilled cheese with my homemade bread, I felt like I really owned it because I used my homemade kimchi, too. I first started making grilled cheese the traditional way with cheddar cheese, but when I added a Korean kick of well-fermented kimchi the result was too salty. So I tried mozzarella instead and it was so good. A lot of people burn their grilled cheese, so I figured out a few tips on how to make a perfect grilled cheese every time. First, make sure everything is hot before adding the cheese. Check out my video and my instructions below to see how I do this. That way, the cheese will melt quickly and your bread won’t burn. The second tip is to add the butter last. Adding it last gives the grilled cheese a nice finishing buttery flavor without burning the bread. You can use this recipe method for normal grilled cheese without the kimchi, and it will still be great. And if any of you can’t handle spicy kimchi, then rinse off the spiciness in cold water, squeeze out excess water, chop it up, and use it. It will still have a crispy-crunchy texture.
- 2 slices of bread
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup fermented chopped kimchi spicy or non-spicy - or sauerkraut
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- Turn a slice of bread over and add the cheese to the hot, toasted side of the bread. Add the fried kimchi and then put the other slice of bread on top, with the hot, toasted side down. So now the cheese will be surrounded with hot kimchi and toasted bread, and the outside of the sandwich has the untoasted sides of the bread.
- Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, gently pressing down with a spatula, until the bottom of the sandwich turns golden brown.
- Turn it over again and move the sandwich around in what’s left of the melted butter. Remove from the heat and serve right away.
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