Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

For this grilled ham and cheese sandwich, a simple substitution of Gruyère for American cheese and a slather of French mustard is all it takes to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

A grilled ham and cheese sandwich on a wooden cutting board.

This grilled ham and cheese sandwich recipe builds on the classic grilled cheese sandwich and turns it into something spectacular thanks to some simple changes, like slipping in some leftover holiday ham and a swipe of fancy French mustard and swapping the scary sliced orange processed cheese-like stuff your mom used for some swanky Gruyère cheese. It may just be the best grilled ham and cheese sandwich ever.–Renee Schettler Rossi

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Makes 1 sandwich
5/5 - 3 reviews
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Place both slices of bread on your work surface. Spread some of the butter on top of each slice of bread, then spread the mustard on top of the butter. Pile the ham and cheese on a slice of bread, season with salt and pepper to taste, and then top with the other bread slice, mustard-side down.

Melt the remaining butter in a skillet over medium or medium-high heat. Gently place the sandwich in the skillet and let it cook, flipping once, until crisp and golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Grab your spatula, flip it onto a plate, and prepare for your day to get exponentially better.

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A grilled cheese sandwich of any denomination is, for me, the stuff of dreams. A grilled ham with Gruyère surrounded with butter and Dijon mustard is cause for fat men everywhere to celebrate! This fat man generally doesn't care for Dijon mustard, but I must confess, I made 2 sandwiches—one with Dijon mustard and one without—and the grilled cheese with the mustard was, hands down, the superior sandwich. I used sliced Gruyère, and both sandwiches took about 10 minutes. Let me lay this out, s l o w l y: Ham and cheese, ensconced in butter and Dijon, surrounded by buttery, browned, crisp, bread. Got 10 minutes? Thank us later.

This is a lovely, decadent, simple sandwich. There's not a single thing wrong with this grilled ham and cheese sandwich. I might use a tad less butter next time, but it's also great as is. I found medium-high heat a little too hot, so I turned my burner down to medium so the bread would be golden and the cheese melted. I used grated cheese because I think it melts better.

What a great way to turn an ordinary sandwich into a decadent one! This is a simple, straightforward grilled ham and cheese sandwich recipe. I love the addition of the Dijon. I would have this for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This took less than 5 minutes to throw together and 10 minutes total time. I went easy on the butter on the inside of the sandwich.

This is the most perfect grilled ham and cheese sandwich. In my mind, the quality of the ingredients is what makes this amazing or okay. A high-quality Dijon mustard is a must. Perhaps a stone-ground Belgian one would work as well. I used homemade baked ham that was nice and juicy. For cheese, I used thin slices of Gruyère. I never have any luck using shredded cheese, as somehow it always starts falling as I fry the sandwich in the pan. The hands-on time is the same as the total, about 10 minutes. This is perfect for a quick dinner, snacks if you have a house full of kids, or even for a a tailgating event, as you can cut the sandwiches into small easy-to-eat triangles.

This grilled ham and cheese sandwich took about 20 minutes to make total—a quick and easy supper. I used melted clarified butter and brioche, and I brushed the melted butter onto the bread with a pastry brush. I used grated cheese, which I pressed down onto the ham to keep in place, and fried the assembled sandwich in melted butter. I served mine with a garnish of lamb's lettuce and a poached egg on top. My brioche had a very soft texture, even when fried, and needed to be cooked gently to ensure that it didn't burn. This meant that the cheese might've melted more if I'd used a more robust bread, but I was happy with the taste and would make this recipe again, perhaps using a different bread. I would've give the recipe 10/10 if I'd used less mustard—I felt it slightly overpowered my sandwich.

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    1. Hah. Larry’s descriptions often leave me giddy, too, Christina. And hungry! And thanks, yes, we only put a recipe on the site after at least several testers deemed it darn good enough to make again.

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