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.
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
- Quick Glance
- 10 M
- 10 M
- Makes 1 sandwich
- 2 slices white bread
- About 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) unsalted butter or clarified butter, at room temperature or melted
- Dijon-style mustard
- 2 thin slices cooked ham
- 1/4 cup grated or 2 thin slices Gruyère cheese
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.