Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Stupid Cheese.

Oh cheese... you are the reason.

I have thunderthighs.

I'm not vegan.

I look enviously upon those that can attempt this monstrously unhealthy, incredibly delicious feat.

It is only right that during this sacred month, I pay homage. But not all of us have panini grills.

For all the thrifting I've done, you'd think I'd have picked one up, but no. I do however have an AWESOME old waffle maker. And it makes killer GC's.

This one, as I'm sure you could guess, had kimchi in it, which is so not original. But I first slathered the sourdough with hot mustard:

Made for a nasal, aromatic experience. Straight up the nostrils, the cheddar/pickle/mustard bouquet went. Lovely. Maybe, just maybe, I'd cut the mustard (HA) down to one tablespoon next time, scraped thinly across both slices.

Kimchi Grilled Cheese

two slices sourdough bread
1-2 tablespoons prepared oriental mustard
1/4 pound sharp cheddar cheese, sli ced thin
1/2 cup homemade kimchi, chopped
cilantro, minced (optional)

oil spray
waffle iron

Easiest recipe ever to appear on NFP, this one: spray your iron and let it warm (mine has a little light that shines "ready!" when it's hot to trot). Spread mustard over both slices of bread. Layer cheese on one slice, scatter kimchi over the top, scatter cilantro over kimchi, place the other slice of mustarded bread atop. Press down to seal the fillings in place, then put carefully in the middle of the waffle iron. Close it as far as it will go, and use something heavy and non-flammable to keep the pressure on.

2 minutes, my darlings, that's all it takes. Pull it out, slice it, and go to town.

This kind of screams for syrup of some sort, but I had none at hand. What would you use atop this wafflewhich? Maple? A combination of Maple and something else for kicks? Hmm....


  1. I've been meaning to try grilling a sandwich in my waffle maker. It looks so crispy, delicious and ooey gooey!!

  2. looks awesome! haha. i've made kimchi quesadillas but not anything in my wafflemaker yet (besides waffles)

  3. hey, this looks awesome! the mustard is a great addition.

    your blog is very cool! and thanks for the linkage <3

  4. Hooray - I'm not the only one who uses their waffle iron to make a grilled sandwich. Usually it would be my "george" (George Foreman grill thingamee that my Dad calls the "Gorilla")but lately the waffle iron has already been out, and it heats up faster!

    Mind you it also takes far longer to cool down. Happy Grilled Sandwich making and, more inportantly, eating,

    Michelle dowunder in New Zealand

  5. @Morgan - it can be done! Just gotta add pressure, since there's no way to close that thing.

    @joanh - dude, I bet waffled quesadillas would be KILLER

    @bento - thanks love :) my pleasure! your bentos are so rad.

    @Mickle - yeah I feel like the Forman would make for less squishing, but I don't have one to experiment with. As long as it all gets hot and melty, I'm happy :)

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