A Hot Mess: Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut and Dijon

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This is one beautiful hot mess of a grilled cheese sandwich: bold flavors of aged cheddar, sauerkraut and Dijon, a tangle of fermented cabbage and just enough cheese to ooze out beautifully while still basically keeping its shit together. Crisp grilled rye. Good times.

Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut and Dijon 780 | Umami Girl-2

Tip

The tanginess of sauerkraut and dijon mustard perfectly complement the rich cheese in this hot mess of a grilled cheese.

A hot mess of an idea

Of course I knew it wasn’t a good idea to search “hot mess” on Urban Dictionary. Maybe it’s because I watched the whole two seasons of Broad City in as many days, but I couldn’t stop myself anyway. Turns out it wasn’t a good idea. It was a great idea. Here’s what the top entry said: “No one set of guidelines can perpetually determine what distinguishes a ‘hot mess’ from an above-average train wreck. Regardless of the circumstances, you know it when you see it; because they are typically conspicuous, and obviously they are always awesome.” I couldn’t say exactly what that means, but I know I like it. I am totally not comfortable using the term hot mess to describe a person. I’ve tried it a couple times and have discovered what it feels like to loathe and laugh at myself at the same time. But a grilled cheese? That I can work with.

Grilled cheese with sauerkraut and dijon

This one fits the description perfectly: bold flavors of aged cheddar, sauerkraut and Dijon (conspicuous!), a tangle of fermented cabbage and just enough cheese to ooze out beautifully while still basically keeping its shit together. (Obviously always awesome!) Crisp grilled rye. (You know it when you see it, amirite?) Plus, unlike some other super-excellent grilled cheese riffs that are a little high-maintenance, this one you can make with minimal effort when you’ve just rolled out of bed. Like the hot mess that you are. Nope, still can’t pull off saying that.

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Grilled Cheese with Sauerkraut and Dijon

This is my current favorite grilled cheese, with a high satisfaction to effort ratio. Some extra-special grilled cheeses make kind of a pain in the ass out of what's supposed to be an easy meal (and hey, I cook those sometimes too). But this one has all the panache and minimal fuss.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves Makes 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces good seeded rye bread
  • Dijon mustard, to taste
  • 2 slices organic American cheese
  • 1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup sauerkraut
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, softened

Directions

  1. Spread some mustard on the inside of each slice of bread. Arrange one slice of American and half the cheddar in a single layer on each slice of bread, making sure to distribute the cheddar like a cheese boss who gets what she wants out of every bite. Lay the sauerkraut on the bottom slice and top with the top slice. Spread half the butter over the outside of the top slice of bread.
  2. Place the sandwich buttered side down in a skillet over medium-high heat. Butter the outside of the top slice with the remaining butter. Cook, adjusting heat as necessary, until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, flipping once halfway through. Cut and serve immediately.

Notes

My favorite sauerkraut these days is Deep Root Organic, which is all raw and probiotic and studded with magic caraway seeds.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 513 Total Fat:: 29.7g Carbohydrates:: 39.1g Fiber:: 5.9g Protein:: 17.5g

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  1. […] to be super healthy, so it’s wise to find tasty ways to sneak them into your daily meals. Umami Girl shares a great idea for a sauerkraut grilled cheese! Enjoy in the crunchy bread and the melted […]

  2. Love doing it with Emmental, with a little caramelized ooze in the skillet. Using the heavily seeded, chewy-crusted rye from the Jewish bakeries where I grew up are just pure heaven!

  3. Sauerkraut + cheese, kimchi + cheese…these things are total winners in my book. Love the addition of mustard on this. Your photos are awesome!