Edit ModuleShow Tags

Grilled Ham, Onion and Cheddar Sandwiches Recipe


Photography Scott Anderson/Quad Photo, Food Styling Kimberly Colburn

What’s not to love about grilled cheese sandwiches? Gooey cheese and savory ham cozied between slices of toasty bread—yum. It’s not a new idea, of course, but like how sandwiches at restaurants often seem better than those made at home, the secret is in the little extras that elevate the everyday to something a little different.

What makes this version special are the sweet onions and the kind of cheese you use, notes cookbook author and meat guru Bruce Aidells, who contributed this take on the sandwich to Real Food. He prefers to use a really sharp cheddar such as the varieties that come from Ireland or England. If you can’t find that, then buy the best extra sharp you can find. And if cheddar isn’t your thing, use Swiss or a good quality Italian Fontina.

These sandwiches make great use of leftover Easter ham or would be good anytime with deli-sliced ham. Aidells suggests serving the sandwiches with bread and butter pickles and a side of homemade potato salad.

Grilled Ham, Onion and Cheddar Sandwiches

Makes 4 Servings

2 tablespoons olive oil or bacon fat
2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Dijon mustard
8 slices Jewish-style rye bread
1 pound thinly sliced leftover ham
6 or more slices extra-sharp cheddar or other cheese of your choice
4 tablespoons butter, softened

1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring until the onion just begins to soften, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. To make each sandwich, spread mustard on 2 slices of bread. Divide the sliced ham into 4 portions and lay half of each portion over the mustard-slathered bread. Cover one side with cheese and the other with some of the onion. Press the two sides together. Spread both exterior sides of each sandwich with the butter.

3. Heat a 12-inch heavy non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Lay in 2 sandwiches and cover the pan. Heat until nicely golden. Flip and grill the other side until golden and the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining 2 sandwiches.

Nutrition info (per serving): Calories 701 (57 From Fat); Fat 45g (Sat. 21g); Chol 142mg; Sodium 2641mg; Carb 31g; Fiber 4g; Protein 42g

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 rhutton@mnmo.com

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Taste Blog

3 Drinks to Give Winter the Kiss-Off

West Seventh in St. Paul is bursting with drink options to usher in spring (which is just around the corner, right?)

Minnesota-Grown Greens Now Available Year Round

New locally and sustainably produced Revol Greens makes eating clean and green throughout the year even easier

What to Buy for the Perfect Minnesota Home Bar

From vodka, gin, bourbon, rum, and beyond: Minnesota spirit-makers recommend the best home-bar companions

Quick Moroccan Chicken over Couscous Recipe

Enjoy the exotic flavors of a long-simmered tagine in this easy version that’s quick enough for a weeknight

No-Fail Caramel Corn Recipe

Celebrate National Caramel Corn Day with this sweet crunchy treat—no special equipment needed with this easy recipe

Best Restaurant Bargains Before A Target Field Minnesota Twins Game

They're offering baseball specials, but do you know where to go? Check out these good deals on food before Twins games.

3 Things to Eat This Week: April 4-8

Tropical cake, drinkable flowers, and some mouth-searing spice

Edina Bistro Celebrates National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

Pinstripes offers a sophisticated twist on the childhood favorite with a five-course meal for two in honor of PB&J Day (April 2)

Croque Madame Recipe

Add a French accent to your brunch for a satisfying midday meal—plus more ideas to make the most of leftover holiday ham
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags