April is National Grilled Cheese Month and I just had to share a grilled cheese recipe with you!
Karepan (or kare pan or curry bread) is a Japanese food where dough is filled with curry and deep fried until golden brown and crispy and that combo of crispy bread filled with warm and tender curry is simply magical! I like to use leftover Japanese curry to make homemade curry bread and while enjoying some one day it occurred to me that a grilled cheese version would also be amazing! When you butter up the bread and fry it in a pan it also turns a nice golden brown and gets all sorts of crispy and good, just like the deep fried bread, and it would be so much easier to make than deep frying, not to mention the addition of all of that melted cheese! Yum! Regular Japanese curry has a little to much curry sauce for a grilled cheese sandwich (it would get pretty soggy) but Japanese dry curry is perfect!
Karepan (Japanese Curry Grilled Cheese)
A crispy grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with Japanese style dry curry and plenty of melted cheese!
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 slices bread
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup Japanese dry curry (warm)
- 1 teaspoon pickled red ginger (optional)
- Heat a pan over medium heat.
- Butter one side of each slice of bread before placing one slice, butter side down, into the pan, top with half of the cheese, the curry, pickled ginger, the remaining cheese and finally the other slice of bread with buttered side up.
- Grill until golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
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