bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, scallion, ssamjang mayo

Now this is a sandwich. A Korean-Italian sandwich, Bulgogi Panino. Bulgogi (literally “fire-meat”) is grilled marinated beef which is piled on a roll with kimchi, cheddar, scallions, and ssamjang mayo – then pressed and grilled on a panini maker.

The thinly sliced beef is marinated in a soy sauce-brown sugar-sesame-garlic marinade then cooked over fire. Napa cabbage kimchi and sharp cheddar cheese is one of my favorite food combinations. It simply rocks – kimchi’s zingy fermented flavors are balanced by the rich cheese. And ssamjang mayo, nothing like the ubiquitous chipotle mayonnaise, is a bit spicy but has an incredible depth of flavor. Ssamjang is a thick, spicy paste made from combining gochujang (red chili paste) with doenjang (fermented soybean paste) with sesame oil, onion, and garlic.

There is obviously no shortage of flavor going on here…

the bulgogi panino recipe

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo


bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

For two sandwiches:

2/3 lb. sirloin, sliced thin


  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 T. water
  • 2 t. brown sugar
  • 2 t. sesame oil
  • 1 t. sesame seeds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 t. black pepper

bulgogi recipe

Mix the marinade ingredients together. Add beef. Marinate for 30 minutes to one hour.

Grill over medium-high heat until the exterior is caramelized and the meat is cooked through.

ssamjang mayo

ssamjang mayo

  • 1 T. ssamjang
  • 1 T. mayonnaise

Mix ssamjang with a very small amount of hot water to loosen the paste. Combine with mayonnaise.

bulgogi panino

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

Spread ssamjang mayo on both sides of a roll. Generously stack the bottom half with bulgogi, sliced scallions, and napa cabbage kimchi. Top with two slices of sharp cheddar cheese. Place the sandwich on a hot panini maker and compress the sandwich. Cook until the cheese starts to melt and the bread starts to get crispy.

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

comfort food feast

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Comfort Food Feast is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite comfort foods. Be sure to check out the Pinterest Board with over 100,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair! And if this bulgogi panino got you in the mood for all things melty, you might enjoy taking a peek at other cheesy recipes from some fabulous bloggers below…

bulgogi panino ~ kimchi, cheddar, ssamjang mayo

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Taste With The Eyes: Bulgogi Panino with Kimchi, Cheddar and Ssamjang Mayo
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The Sensitive Epicure: Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Apple, Walnuts and Thyme (Gluten-Free)
FN Dish: 10 Grown-Up Grilled Cheeses

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