Korean Style

Created by:

Dax Phillips — New Berlin, WI

This deliciously unique grilled cheese sandwich is a true reflection of South Korean culture and cuisine. Featuring Wisconsin Cheddar and Havarti Cheeses, kimchi, and marinated flank steak, its rich, unforgettable flavors are sure to please bite after bite.


Start by marinating the beef. Place onion, garlic, and ginger in food processor; process into a paste. In small mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, black pepper, and chili flakes. Whisk to mix in all of the sugar. Add garlic paste mixture and stir. Add flank steak, and mix thoroughly to marinate all the beef. Cover, and place in the refrigerator for 1 to 4 hours.

Pour canola oil in a skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Add the strips of marinated steak and cook a few minutes on each side. Set cooked steak aside. When ready to make the grilled cheese, butter 1 side of each slice of bread. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat. Place a slice of bread, buttered-side-down, in the skillet. Add 3 slices of Havarti Cheese, starting a bit from the edge, and overlapping to the other edge. Add the steak. Top the beef with the kimchi, layering from edge to edge. Top the kimchi with the Cheddar Cheese slices, covering from edge to edge. Top with the remaining slice of bread, buttered-side-up. Cook the grilled cheese sandwich slowly to warm everything through; be sure to melt the cheese, warm the steak and kimchi, and toast the bread. Cook for a few minutes, or until golden brown, and flip. Cook the other side for a few minutes, until golden brown.


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh ginger, skin removed
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil
  • Generous pinch of cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound flank steak, cut thinly, against the grain
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 slices Italian bread, about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 3 slices Wisconsin Havarti cheese
  • 3 tablespoons kimchi
  • 3 slices Wisconsin Cheddar cheese
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