What could be more welcome than a combination of just a few ingredients that can be put together in a flash to make something surprising and satisfying? Omnivores, the sandwich also takes nicely to the addition of a little ham, but it's gorgeous -- and even quicker -- without it. To send this way over the top, of course, you could add a fried egg.
- 2 slices multigrain bread
- 2-ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, grated (3/4 cup)
- 1/4 cup spicy kimchi, drained, squeezed to expel most of its liquid, then chopped
- 1/4 to 1/2 small Asian pear, cored and thinly sliced
- Sriracha hot chili sauce (optional)
- 1 teaspoon canola oil
Layer one slice of the bread with cheese, kimchi and pear slices. (If you like a spicier sandwich, drizzle Sriracha sauce to taste on the kimchi layer.) Top with the other bread slice and press with your hand to flatten.
Brush a medium skillet with the oil and heat over medium-high heat. When the oil starts to shimmer, lay the sandwich in the skillet. Cook, pressing gently with a spatula from time to time, until the underside is golden brown, about 2 minutes. Repeat on the other side.
Transfer to a plate, and eat.
From Joe Yonan, author of "Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One" (Ten Speed Press, 2011).
Tested by Becky Krystal.
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