Kielbasa Grilled Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 16-ounce bag shredded coleslaw mix

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley and dill) 

1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley and dill)

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

8 ounces kielbasa, sliced diagonally 1/4 inch thick

2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard

8 slices rye bread

8 slices cheddar cheese (about 6 ounces)

1/2 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (seeds removed for less heat)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. Whisk the sugar and vinegar in a large bowl until the sugar dissolves, then whisk in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the coleslaw mix and herbs, season with salt and pepper and toss.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the kielbasa and cook until browned on both sides, 2 minutes; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Spread the mustard on the bread, then sandwich with half of the cheese, the kielbasa, jalapeno and the remaining cheese.
  4. Wipe out the skillet; add 1/2 tablespoon butter and melt over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches and press another large skillet on top. Cook, pressing gently, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese melts, 4 to 5 minutes per side, adding another 1/2 tablespoon butter to the skillet when you flip. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches. Serve with the coleslaw.