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Grilled Kimcheese

Grilled Kimcheese 1.000

Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post; tableware from Crate and Barrel

Cooking for One Jul 18, 2012

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.

Servings: 1
  • 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.

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Recipe Source

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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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 540

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 27g 42%

Saturated Fat: 12g 60%

Cholesterol: 60mg 20%

Sodium: 1032mg 43%

Total Carbohydrates: 48g 16%

Dietary Fiber: 8g 32%

Sugar: 9g

Protein: 24g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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