The Best Grilled Ham and Cheese

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This is truly the Best Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwich you’ll ever taste! Unique ingredients turn an ordinary sandwich into something extraordinary!

Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melt Sandwiches stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

The Best Ham and Cheese

This recipe for the Best Ham and Cheese is inspired by a lunch I enjoyed at a tiny sandwich shop in my hometown and sadly the restaurant was only in business for less than a year. However in the short time it was open Emily and I ate there several times and always ordered this sandwiches. We loved them and were so sad when the restaurant shut its doors. So we set about creating our own version that we could eat whenever we wanted. If you’re looking for a simple lunch recipe to share with guests or lunchtime visitors this is a good one. Definitely not your average ham and cheese melts!

Secret Ingredient: Apple

The secret ingredient in these grilled ham and cheese sandwiches is sliced apple! Crisp, sweet apple slices really complements the melted cheese and warm ham. I added Gala apples to this sandwich but you could use Pink Lady, Fuji, Granny Smith or just about any slightly tart and crisp apple that you like.

Suggestions for this Sandwich

  • In addition to apple slices, try smearing a layer of apple butter on the inside of the bread before grilling. You’ll love the sweetness and the butter melts beautifully into the bread.
  • I like using a nice, sturdy artisan bread for these sandwiches; however you can certainly use any bread you have on hand.
  • For extra creamy cheese flavor, add a tablespoon or two of brie cheese, which complements the tartness of the apples and blends perfectly with sharp cheddar and ham.
  • Thinly sliced deli ham is best for this sandwich, but you could also swap it out for sliced turkey or roast beef.

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How to Make The Best Grilled Ham and Cheese

Apple, Ham, and Cheddar Melt Sandwiches stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

The Best Grilled Ham and Cheese

5 from 3 votes
This is truly the Best Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwich you'll ever taste! Unique ingredients turn an ordinary sandwich into something extraordinary!

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 2 slices artisan bread
  • 2 Tbsp Brie cheese or to taste
  • 1/4 Lb. ham maple or honey – sliced VERY thin (pretty much shaved)
  • 2 Tbsp. apple butter
  • 1 Gala apple sliced thin (you can use Fuji or Pink Lady apples too)
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • butter for grilling

Instructions

  • Spread Brie cheese evenly over one slice of bread. On that same slice, layer ham, apple butter, apples, and cheddar cheese.
  • Top with remaining slice of bread.
  • Spread butter over the outside of the sandwich and grill in a skillet over medium-low heat as if making a grilled cheese sandwich.
  • Slice in half and serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 659kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 45gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 159mgSodium: 1898mgPotassium: 425mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 739IUCalcium: 459mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. These look so delicious! I’m not familiar with apple butter. Can you buy it at a regular grocery store? Is it by other dairy products? I just recently discovered your blog and I can’t wait to try so many things. Thanks for sharing!