SPAM and Cheese Sandwich

SPAM and Cheese Sandwich from Kogi
The SPAM and Cheese Sandwich from Kogi, in Los Angeles, is made with a slider bun, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, SPAM, sweet chile sauce, and kimchi. See Recipe For the SPAM and Cheese Sandwich from Kogi » Back to Classic Combination: Ham and Cheese »Todd Coleman

The Kogi Korean BBQ truck, in Los Angeles, gave us the recipe for this flavorful sandwich—nicknamed Daisy Dukes and Flip-Flops—made with SPAM, shredded cheddar and Jack cheeses, and kimchi. This recipe first appeared in our April 2011 special Sandwich Issue with author Alexander Lobrano's article Classic Combination.

SPAM and Cheese Sandwich
The Kogi Korean BBQ truck, in Los Angeles, gave us the recipe for this flavorful sandwich—nicknamed Daisy Dukes and Flip-Flops—made with SPAM, shredded cheddar and Jack cheeses, and kimchi.
Yield: serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 (12-oz.) can SPAM
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp. coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 8 potato rolls, split
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 4 tsp. sriracha hot sauce
  • 8 tbsp. roughly chopped prepared cabbage kimchi
  • 8 tsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Slice SPAM into 8 slices, then halve each slice crosswise. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, coconut milk, and sesame seeds; set aside. Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add SPAM to skillet and cook, turning once, until browned, 8–10 minutes. Using tongs, transfer to paper towels to drain; set aside. Working in batches, place rolls in skillet and toast until browned, 1–2 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 350°. To assemble sandwiches, spread coconut mayonnaise on both halves of buns, then divide cheeses among bottom halves. Top each with 2 slices SPAM, 1 tbsp. chili sauce, ½ tsp. hot sauce, 1 tbsp. kimchi, and 1 tsp. cilantro. Cover with top buns and place in oven. Bake until cheese begins to melt, 3–4 minutes. Serve hot.