Why It Works
- Toasting both sides of each slice of bread ensure maximum flavor and crispness in every bite—the perfect foil to melted and gooey cheese.
- Using a moderately low flame for toasting ensures the bread turns an even golden brown without brining, and gives the cheese more time to melt.
The Grilled Kimcheeze is proof that kimchi belongs in a grilled cheese about as much as a slice of American cheese belongs in a bowl of kimchi jjigae. (That is, a lot.) This recipe takes our classic grilled cheese technique, which involves toasted both sides of each bread slice in butter so that it's delightfully crisp and flavorful throughout. Beyond that, there's not much to it—add the kimchi and cheese and get it all good and melty, making sure to do it all over a moderately low flame for a crust that's evenly golden-brown just as the cheese fully melts and not charred with cold cheese still in the center..
2 tablespoons (30g) butter, cut into 3 even pieces
2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
2 slices American, cheddar, or Jack cheese
1/2 cup kimchi (3 ounces; 85g), drained and roughly chopped
In a large non-stick skillet, melt one-third of butter over medium heat until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.
Transfer to a work surface toasted side up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice of bread. Top with kimchi and second cheese slice. Close sandwich, with both toasted sides facing inwards.
Melt one more piece of butter in the skillet and reduce heat to medium low. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining butter. Return sandwich to skillet toasted-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 42g||54%|
|Saturated Fat 26g||128%|
|Total Carbohydrate 27g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 4g|
|Vitamin C 0mg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|