Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Grilled Ham & Cheese with a Special Sauce

That is an awkward title for this delicious sandwich, but I didn't like the use of the word "tangy" in the original Allrecipes version.  Lol.  Maybe theirs is better.  Anyway, you've got to make these sandwiches!!  They are soooooo good.  I made them back when I was really excited about Allrecipes; about 7 years ago.  I loved them back then, but kind of forgot about them until recently, when I was reading my old Allrecipes reviews for fun.  I made them last Sunday with tomato-butternut soup and Caesar salad.  I drastically reduce the mayo and amount of meat used, and they are still so good.  

PS:  The original recipe uses turkey, which is also delicious.
Grilled Ham & Cheese with a Special Sauce
adapted from Allrecipes
makes 2 sandwiches

1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons mayonnaise (can use low-fat)
1-2 tablespoon coarse-grain brown mustard (to taste)
4 slices good white bread, like sourdough
softened butter
4-6 slices deli honey or maple ham
4-6 slices tomato
4 thin slices Swiss cheese

1.  In a small bowl, stir together the red onion, thyme, mayonnaise and mustard. Spread some of this mixture onto one side of each slice of bread. Lightly spread butter onto the other side of bread.

2.  I make all of my grilled cheese in the oven.  To do this, preheat the oven to about 400 F while preparing sandwiches.  Complete the sandwich above by laying half of the ham, tomato slices, and Swiss cheese over the onion mixture.  Top each sandwich with a piece of lightly buttered bread, butter side up.  Place all sandwiches on a large baking sheet (I assemble them on the backing sheet).  Place in the hot oven and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  

3.  For stove-top grilling:  Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Place 4 slices of the bread into the skillet with the butter side down. On each slice of bread, layer 2-3 slices of ham, then 2 slices of tomato, and top with 2 slices of Swiss cheese. Place remaining slices of bread over the top with the butter side up. When the bottoms of the sandwiches are golden brown, flip over, and cook until golden on the other side.
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Linda said...

Lol on tangy. ;) I've never seen that recipe. The red onions addition is genius. I might try baking mine because our griddle provides very uneven heating.

What a Dish! said...

You should bake it! I always bake grilled cheese- so much easier. I think you can get away with less buttah too.