• Yield: Serves 1

  • Time: 10 minutes total

Sometimes I serve this with a little bowl of finely based unsalted nuts, and dip the cheesy exposed sides for extra flavor and crunch.


  • 2 slices of soft bread

  • 1 1/2 oz sharp Cheddar cheese

  • 1 1/2 oz quality kimchi

Ultimate Veg by Jamie Oliver


Place one piece of bread on a board and grate over a third of the cheese. Finely chop the kimchi and spread it over the cheese, right to the edges of the bread, then grate over half the remaining cheese. Place the second piece of bread on top, then transfer to a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until beautifully golden, then remove from the pan. Grate the remaining cheese and scatter over the surface of the pan, then place the toastie back on top. After around 30 seconds (or when the cheese is nicely golden), confidently lift the toastie up using a slotted spatula – the cheese from the sides will hang down and harden after about 20 seconds—then carefully turn it over to reveal your handsome cheese crown.

Of course you can serve this for one, but I usually cut it up into soldiers and share it as more of a nibble, with a cold beer.

Excerpted from ULTIMATE VEG: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver. Copyright © 2019 by Jamie Oliver. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books. All rights reserved.