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
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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.

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.

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