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Spam and Kimchi Grilled Cheese

COOK TIME
5 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
2
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Ashley Holt
COOK TIME
5 mins
PREP TIME
10 mins
SERVINGS
2
RATE THIS RECIPE
(1)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 can Spam
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • Chef notes

    I love this sandwich because it takes the classic American grilled cheese to a whole new level. Spicy, umami-rich kimchi adds depth of flavor while the mix of melty cheeses complements the crispy Spam.

    Technique tip: Griddle sandwich on medium heat to avoid burning butter and to ensure cheese is melted all the way.

    Swap option: Swap pan-fried tofu for the Spam to make it a vegetarian sandwich.

    Preparation

    1.

    Cut spam into thick slices (half a can should amount to 4 thick slices).

    2.

    In a nonstick skillet on medium heat, pan-fry the spam until golden and crispy on both sides. Set aside.

    3.

    In the same skillet, turn heat up to medium-high and add the kimchi. Spread it evenly throughout the pan so that it roasts evenly, about 2 minutes. Add honey and give the kimchi a toss, roast for another 2 minutes. Set aside.

    4.

    Spread the butter evenly over all 4 slices of bread. Add garlic powder to the butter. Flip slice so that the unbuttered side is facing up.

    5.

    Mix shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese. Add mixture evenly on all 4 slices of bread.

    6.

    Add American cheese to 2 of the slices. Place Spam on the sliced American cheese. Add kimchi evenly on the shredded cheese slices. Put sandwich together. The layers should be bread, shredded cheese, American cheese, spam, kimchi, more shredded cheese, bread, with buttered side facing out.

    7.

    In a large nonstick skillet on medium heat, add your assembled sandwiches and griddle for about 3-4 minutes. If you have a small cast iron or something heavy to put on top of your sandwich, it will help press it. When golden and sizzling, flip over and griddle the other side until crispy, dark golden-brown and cheese is melted.