Edit ModuleShow Tags

Recipe: Grilled Ham and Gruyère with Sautéed Mushrooms


Mette Nielsen

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the all-time comfort foods—there’s something undeniably satisfying about the crisp, buttery grilled bread encasing the gooey, melted cheese. The classic grilled cheese with white bread and American cheese had its moments, but today, thanks to high-quality artisan breads and world-class cheeses that are available, it’s time to rethink the basics. Plus, adding a few twists ramps it up a bit more.

There’s nothing new about combining ham and Swiss cheese, but adding a handful of sautéed button mushrooms hikes the flavor quotient up a few notches, and using Gruyère adds even more flavor, notes chef and cookbook author Molly Stevens, who contributed this recipe to Real Food. For a French twist, she suggests adding 1 teaspoon fresh chopped tarragon (or a scant ½ teaspoon dried) to the mushrooms while sautéing, or use tarragon mustard.

This is a great way to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day on April 12 or plan ahead for another way to use some leftover Easter ham.

Grilled Ham and Gruyère with Sautéed Mushrooms Sandwich

Serves 2

2 tbsp. butter, softened
4 oz. cremini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced (about 1½ cups)
4 slices rye or pumpernickel bread
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 oz. thinly sliced or shredded Gruyère cheese
4 oz. sliced baked ham

Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, season to taste with salt and pepper, and sauté briskly, stirring, until golden and crisp around the edges, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly.

Lay bread slices on a cutting board. Spread each with mustard. Place layers of ham, cheese, and mushrooms on 2 of the bread slices. Top with remaining bread.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat (or heat a panini maker or sandwich press). Butter top of each sandwich, and place, buttered-side down, in skillet (or press). Butter other slice of bread, then cover sandwiches with a sheet of foil and set a heavy pan or pot lid on top, pressing gently to compress sandwiches (or close press). Grill, pressing occasionally and turning once, until sandwiches are browned and crisp on both sides and cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes total. Cut sandwiches in half and serve warm.

Nutrition info (per serving) Ham and Gruyère Sandwich: CALORIES 530 (293 from fat); FAT 33g (sat. 17g); CHOL 111mg; SODIUM 1546mg; CARB 27g; FIBER 3g; PROTEIN 32g

Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Minnesota Monthly's Taste Blog answers your restaurant and dining questions, dishes on latest discoveries, reflects on breaking news, and generally brings the plate to the page with a skilled crew of experts: Learn more about the Taste bloggers.

Have a food-related question? Email rfischer@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

Smoky-sweet ribs recipe from a “King of Porc”? Yes, please.

Award-winning co-owner of Corner Table and Revival restaurants Thomas Boemer shares ribs, watermelon, and pie recipes plus tips for a summer barbecue with Southern flair

New Minnesota State Fair Foods 2018

Whet your appetite with this complete list of 27 new foods available this year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together

Fine Spirits Classic Twin Cities 2018

Sip on cocktails prepared by top mixologists and enjoy gourmet fare at Minnesota Monthly's seventh annual Fine Spirits Classic at Orchestra Hall on July 26

Grilled Vegetable and Bratwurst Salad Recipe

Think “outside the bun” and enjoy summer’s favorite grilled brats in a fresh veggie salad for a low-carb alternative

The Twin Cities' Best Hot Dogs

The hottest of hot dogs, to celebrate National Hot Dog Day on July 18

3 Things to Eat This Week: July 11-15

Feast on a fat sandwich, a sweet treat, or something oozy and icy

8 Juicy Places in the Metro

Fresh squeezing and blending superfoods for a super life

Review: Centro Opens in Northeast

Tacos, frozen drinks, and spectacular sides in a unique Northeast space

Cherry and Chocolate Truffle Tart Recipe

Take advantage of the short but sweet cherry season with a luscious cherry and chocolate treat
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags