Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Ham & Cheese with Black Forest Ham, Swiss and Mozzarella cheese.

The Best Ham & Cheese

I bet you didn’t think a Ham & Cheese sandwich couldn’t get any better but, I’m telling you, it can and it’s the little things that make all the difference. Really it’s all about personal preference but if you choose the right kind of bread, the right kind of ham and cheese, you can really make something special with just a few other trade secrets that I’m going to show you in this simple little recipe.

Black Forest Ham, thinly sliced from my local deli.

Black Forest Ham & Cheese

When you make a Ham & Cheese sandwich, do you get all serious about what you put in it or do you just quickly throw something together so you can eat? Personally, I’m not a big fan of ham, which is funny considering how much I love, just about anything, pork. I chose Black Forest Ham for this recipe but I think it would be just as good with about anything you decided to use as long as it wasn’t watered down and packed with unnatural alternative preservatives other than curing salt. Just kidding. I could probably make this sandwich with spam and be completely happy with it so, it’s up to you.

Mixed Mozzarella and Swiss Cheese.

Cheese in your Ham & Cheese

There are so many different kinds of Cheese in this world that they have to write books to describe them all. I know that some people like a sharp Ham & Cheese and there are some that like a Swiss. In this recipe I chose to go with Mozzarella, to make it more cheesey, and Swiss cheese for more flavor. I really think the two balance each other out.

Another thing I like to do is season the buttered bread. You can choose white, wheat, rye or even sour dough bread, if you prefer but I highly recommend using an all purpose seasoning, to season the sliced buttered bread, before grilling. All purpose seasonings usually have garlic and onion powders in them and a few earthy herbs as well so, they’re perfect to add more flavor. Technically, it’s now a garlic toast Grilled Ham & Cheese but I’m not too sure that anyone would think to google the name of that sandwich.

Other sandwich recipes to check out:

Reubon, Steak and Cheese, Philly Cheese Steak, Sloppy Joe’s, Double Grilled Cheese, Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese and my Grilled Egg and Cheese Sandwich.

Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich video tutorial.
Grilled Ham & Cheese Ingredients:

2 Slices of Bread
3 Slices of Ham
2 oz Mozzarella Cheese, grated
2 oz Swiss Cheese, grated
1 tbsp Butter, softened
All purpose seasoning to taste

Sauce
1 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Ketchup
1/2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar

Follow the directions in the Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich video tutorial and I’ll show you exactly how to make it with these ingredients.

Hawaiian Chicken Cordon Bleu

Hawaiian Chicken Cordon Bleu

Hawaiian Chicken Cordon Bleu Ingredients:

2  Boneless Chicken BreastsCoco Lopez
1 slice of Ham
1 Slice of Fresh Pineapple
1 Slice of Swiss Cheese

1/2 cup Seasoned Bread Crumbs
1/4 inch Oil in the pan for Cooking

Hawaiian Hollandaise Sauce:

4 egg yolks
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
1 tbsp Coconut Cream (Coco Lopez)
Pinch salt

In a hot pan set on medium heat, poor 1/4 inch of cooking oil.  Cut a horizontal incision on the long side of each Chicken Breast, creating a pocket.  Then cut the Pineapple, Ham and Cheese (filling), diagonally,  then stack them all together and insert them into the Chicken Pocket, Small point first.  Using a tooth pick, fasten the top and bottom of the Chicken Breast over and around the filling. Then Roll the Breast in Bread Crumbs and place top side down first for 3 to 4 minutes.  Thin flip over and repeat.  Be sure that the chicken is cooked all the way through before serving.