Ham And Cheese Toastie is a quick and easy grilled cheese sandwich. With swiss cheese, mustard, ham, horseradish cream and sourdough this simple combination gets taken to new heights. A cheese and ham toastie will tick a lot of your boxes and is perfect any day of the week.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about the grilled ham sandwich recipe in the points below:
- Simple ingredients: everything you need to make the recipe can be sought from your local grocery store. They are year round easy to get your hand on ingredients.
- Taste and texture: there is the robust white bread that crisps to perfection, the dripping melted cheese, aromatic horseradish cream and salty ham. This combination ticks a lot of the taste and texture boxes and them some. Did I mention there is tangy mustard in there too 😉.
- Family friendly: everyone of all ages will love switching up their sandwiches and having something different. This ham and cheese grilled cheese is a tasty combination that offers a quick lunch any day of the week.
- Versatile: whilst traditionally toasted sandwiches are lunch meals if you want to make this ultimate comfort food for dinner or brunch on a day when you need a little kick starter, I will not try and stop you 😉👍.
- Uses for leftover ham: sometimes you will find yourself with more leftover ham than you can think of ways to eat it. At those times you can get a bit bored if you eat it 'same, same' each day. This toastie will let you switch it up and is a great way to use leftover ham.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the classic ham and cheese sandwich recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Butter: soft butter that is considered spreadable will work the best.
- Horseradish cream: this is a condiment that you will find with the sauces and mustard in the supermarket. It has a strong (delicious) and unique taste. It adds extra flavor to the sandwich and is not to be missed!
- Dijon mustard: is it even ham if we are not having mustard with it 😂. But so true right! As the horseradish has a strong flavor, I recommend using mild dijon mustard which is a lot more tame than hot English mustard.
- Ham: up to you what type of ham you use. There is a lot on offer from honey baked ham to leftover leg ham, champagne ham, smoked ham, hot ham or deli ham. We need 2 slices of ham per sandwich.
- Swiss cheese: this is an excellent cheese to use for grilled cheese sandwiches. The way it melts is like butter in your mouth! Soft, yet with a flavor that holds its own. We use 2 slices per sandwich, cut in halves.
- Bread: the bread I usually turn to and that which you see in the photos throughout the post white sourdough. Even after being frozen I find that it holds its shape and texture well.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the cheese and ham toastie recipe. We start by preparing the bread. You will need a chopping board for the initial recipe steps.
- Butter the bread (Photo 1)
- Stack butter sides together (Photo 2)
- Add mustard (Photo 3)
- Add cheese cheese (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Ham And Cheese Toastie
To make the toastie, start by placing the slices of sourdough bread onto a chopping board and using a butter knife to butter one side of each slice of bread.
Once done, stack the bread pieces with the buttered sides together as you see being done in the photo above.
Next, use the same knife to spread a thin layer of dijon mustard onto 1 slice of bread per sandwich.
Then top the mustard with 2 pieces of the sliced swiss cheese.
- Add the ham slices (Photo 5)
- Then add the horseradish cream (Photo 6)
- Add the 2nd slice of swiss cheese (Photo 7)
- Close the sandwiches (Photo 8)
Next place each of the 2 slice of ham onto the swiss cheese layer for both sandwiches.
Then dollop the horseradish cream onto the ham and use the back of a teaspoon to spread it out into a thin layer.
Next place the 2nd slices of swiss cheese onto the sandwich and then unstick the 2 buttered slices of bread and close the sandwiches like you see in the photos above.
- Cook, flip and cook (Photo 9)
Next, get ready to cook the toasties.
To do so place a large frying pan (non stick if you can) onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and place the 2 toasties into the pan.
Allow the cheese to start to melt and the cheese toast the bread. You will start to hear this process happening if you are still near the stove.
Cook the 1st side of the toastie for 3-4 minutes, then use a flat turner to flip the sandwiches to the other side. Cook the 2nd side for 3-4 minutes.
- Once cooked the toasties will look like the above (Photo 10)
When the sandwiches are cooked and the bread is golden brown, you can turn the stove off, use the same flat turner that you used to flip them and transfer them a chopping board.
Slice them in halves and get ready to plate them.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
If you are anything like me, you will make this, slice it in halves, sit and stare out the window and you chew each bite and taste the deliciousness.
The melty cheese, chewy ham, tangy mustard and horseradish cream slowly unfold and meet great expectations. It offers a practical, down to earth sandwich that holds its own and then some.
Simple, yet flavorsome, you will no doubt enjoy this popular hot sandwich that can be turned to again and again and again.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftovers in a sealed airtight container or plate with cling wrap in the fridge for 1-2 days. Reheat before consuming.
How to Reheat
You can add the cheese and ham toastie back to a sandwich press for best results. Heat until warmed through.
How to Freeze
I don't recommend freezing leftovers if you have any for this toastie.
You can however as a means to be organised and have the sandwich be 'convenient' purchase a loaf of sourdough and place that in the freezer where it will keep until you are ready to use it. In which case, remove the loaf from the freezer, take out the slices you need and let them defrost. They will thaw very quickly.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can add some tomato slices if you wish too.
- If wanting to serve the toasties to kids, I would omit the horseradish cream. It is a strong flavor and they won't each enjoy it.
- For alternatives to the mustard, you can use sun-dried tomatoes pesto. Store bought or homemade will work.
- This is the perfect recipe for leftover spiral ham, Christmas ham or Easter ham.
- You can use your favorite type of bread for the recipe. Be it rye, brown bread, whole wheat, regular white or multigrain. Opt for one that doesn't squish and flatten too much when toasted.
- Head to the bakery to see what bread they have on offer if you can't find one at the local grocery store to take your fancy.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- You want to butter the full 4 slices of the bread. These go on the outside of the toastie to help it cook.
- It is not a disaster if you flip your toastie and it becomes unstuck. Oh no 😭 but don't panic. Simply push the 2 halves back together again and then push down gently on the top slice of bread. It will 'restick easily'. You can also use kitchen tongs to help with this process.
- Serve the toasties straight away after slicing for best (warm toastie, melty swiss cheese) results.
- If you want to use a sandwich maker or panini press instead of the frying pan you can. The only thing to keep in mind is that some appliances will compact the toasties a little more than others!
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What cheese goes best with ham?
Swiss cheese is the best cheese to pair with ham. Alternatives are monterey jack, cheddar cheese or alpine cheese.
Do you butter both sides of a toastie?
Yes. Butter both sides of the toastie. This helps the bread to toast as the sandwich cooks. The buttered sides go on the outsides of the grilled cheese.
Should cheese Toasties be grated or sliced?
Toasties can be made with either sliced or grated cheese. If doing an open style sandwich in the air fryer, it is best to use sliced cheese so that the grated cheese doesn't fly off he sandwich.
😍 More Easy Lunch Recipes
Make lunch something to look forward to everyday with a diverse range of recipes that offer non typical plates. Here are some ideas for you to try to keep lunch interesting:
- Mini Hot Dogs
- Ham Fritters
- Chicken Sausage Rolls
- Mini Sausage Rolls
- Easy Zucchini And Carrot Fritters
- Bacon And Corn Fritters
Ham and Cheese Toastie
- 4 slices white sourdough Note 1
- 2 tablespoon butter Note 2
- 1 tablespoon djion mustard Note 3
- 4 slices swiss cheese cut in halves, so you will have 8 pieces, Note 4
- 4 slices ham Note 5
- 1 tablespoon horseradish cream Note 6
- chives finely chopped
- Butter bread: lay the 4 slices of sourdough bread onto a chopping board in a flat layer. Then use a butter knife to butter 1 side of each bread slice. Next stack the buttered sides together for each 2 pieces of bread.
- Mustard: spread a thin layer of mustard onto 1 slice of bread for each sandwich.
- Swiss cheese: place 2 cut slices of the swiss cheese on top of the mustard for each sandwich.
- Ham: next place 2 folded slices of the ham on top of the swiss cheese per sandwich.
- Horseradish cream: dollop the horseradish cream on top of the ham and use the back of a teaspoon to spread it into a thin layer.
- More swiss: now take the 4 remaining slices of swiss cheese and layer this on top of the horseradish, using 2 pieces per toastie.
- Close: unstick each of the buttered sides of bread for the sandwiches and place the top buttered side facing out.
- Cook: place a large frying pan onto the stove top, turn the heat to high and add the toasties. Cook them for 3-4 minutes on the 1st side, then use a flat turner to flip them to the other side. Cook the 2nd side for 3-4 minutes.
- To serve: once the toasties are cooked, use the flat turner to transfer them to a chopping board. Then use a serrated knife to cut them in halves. Sprinkle with chopped chives and plate.
- Note 1 - Bread: the bread I usually turn to and that which you see in the photos throughout the post white sourdough. Even after being frozen I find that it holds its shape and texture well.
- Note 2 - Butter: soft, spreadable butter will work the best.
- Note 3 - Dijon mustard: is it even ham if we are not having mustard with it 😂. But so true right! As the horseradish has a strong flavor, I recommend using mild dijon mustard which is a lot more tame than hot English mustard.
- Note 4 - Swiss cheese: this is an excellent cheese to use for grilled cheese sandwiches. The way it melts is like butter in your mouth! Soft, yet with a flavor that holds its own. We use 2 slices per sandwich, cut in halves.
- Note 5 - Ham: up to you what type of ham you use. There is a lot on offer from honey baked ham to leftover leg ham, smoked ham or deli ham. We need 2 slices per sandwich.
- Note 6 - Horseradish cream: this is a condiment that you will find with the sauces and mustard in the supermarket. It has a strong (delicious) and unique taste. Omit if making these for kids (it will be too strong).