Kimchi Grilled Cheese Recipe

Did you know April is National Grilled Cheese Month?  I recently realized this, so I dedicated several delicious weeks this month to perfecting one of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches, the Kimchi Grilled Cheese.

Kimchi Grilled Cheese

Several months ago, I discovered the amazing pairing of kimchi and cheddar one evening after work.  I often come home starving after a long day of work, and I like to eat a little snack before diving into dinner preparation.  These snacks consists of leftover bread with olive oil, bits of cheese , slices of cured meat and/or any of the various fermented or pickled things sitting in my fridge.  Kimchi, a Korean fermented cabbage, makes regular appearances during evening snack time.  Here’s what my various bites looked like that evening:

Torn chunk of bread dipped in evoo.

Kerrygold cheddar.

Torn chunk of bread dipped in evoo.

Sip of Old-Fashioned.

Cheddar.

Kimchi?

… … … Cheddar.

Kimchi.

Cheddar.

Kimchi.

Cheddar.

On repeat until eventually I was completely full.  I didn’t make it to dinner that evening.  Since then, I’ve formalized this tasty snack time duo into a proper dinner, the Kimchi Grilled Cheese. Continue reading for the recipe.

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Kimchi and Bacon Pizza

Kimchi and Bacon Pizza

Last week, I shared my recipe for a BLT with Avocado Spread, a sammich I like to make when my schedule gets super busy.  This Kimchi and Bacon Pizza is another quick and easy recipe perfect after a long work day.  The secret to whipping up a delicious pizza in a matter of moments?  Pre-made dough.  Making dough from scratch is simple; however, I find all of the kneading and rising and waiting and resting quite off-putting.  Especially when I’ve been working 50 – 60 hour weeks!  Instead, I purchase dough from a local pizzeria for a buck or two.  I urge you to call around to your local pizza parlors (not Papa John’s or Dominoes), and ask them if they sell dough.  You’d be surprised at how many say yes!

Topped with smokey bacon and salty-sour kimchi, this pizza is bold, fragrant and packed with mouth-watering flavor.  After just one bite, you won’t be able to stop eating (I know I couldn’t!).  Kimchi, usually an acquired taste, can vary greatly based on where you buy it.  Don’t be afraid of it though :)  I found a delicious organic kimchi at a local farmer’s market.  If you don’t like the first one you taste, try another brand!  When cooked in the oven, the kimchi mellows out a bit, and melts into the cheese and tomato sauce, creating something quite harmonious.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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