Saturday, November 08, 2014

Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I'm on this big Korean food kick right now. I recently procured some gochujang (Korean chile paste) and gochugaru (Korean chili powder, basically) and have been going ham with it. I always have kimchi in the refrigerator now, for some reason. I also have been making a lot of grilled cheese sandwiches. This sandwich, obviously found on Pinterest, was perfect because it's a combination of everything I love the most right now.

It was pretty epic. I do have to say this. It was amazing. I added in some of the gochujang and gochujaru. I used "Oriental"-flavored ramen. If you're feeling like getting a little weird for dinner, this is the sandwich for you.


Kimchi Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich

1/2 package ramen, any “flavor”
1/2 ramen seasoning packet
Handful of kimchi, chopped and squeezed of excess liquid
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 thick slices very sturdy bread
Handful of mozzarella or jack cheese
Handful of American or cheddar cheese

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Drop the ramen noodles in and cook until the ramen noodles are soft, about 5-8 minutes.

Drain the ramen noodles, then put the noodles back into the pot or into a bowl. Pour the contents of half the seasoning packet over the noodles. Toss the noodles to combine. Set aside to prepare sandwich.

Heat olive oil in a frying pan over low heat.

Spread the outside of both slices of bread with softened butter. Place both slices of bread buttered-side down in the oil in the pan. Pile one slice with mozzarella/jack cheese; pile the other slice of bread with American/Cheddar cheese. Cook until bread is toasted and cheese has melted.

Remove the grilled bread with cheese to a plate or cutting board. Pile as much ramen noodles on one slice of the bread as you’d like. Add chopped kimchi on top. Close the sandwich with the other slice of grilled bread and cheese. Press together firmly.

Yield: 1 sandwich

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