How to Make a Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich

by Timothy Ton-Estelle

Inspired by Ina Garten :)


  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • ¼ Cups Dijon mustard
  • ¼ Cups Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 Cup Gruyere cheese, shredded
  • ¼ Cups Asiago cheese, shredded
  • 1 Brioche loaf, or any rustic bread
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bacon
  • Grill pan or panini press
  • Sliced Ham
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Start with slicing your loaf of bread.

    Step 2

    I'm making two sandwiches here.

    Step 3

    Gather your ingredients.

    Step 4

    Start shredding your cheese. You'll need 1 cup (or more) of Gruyere cheese. It has a nice nutty flavor and melts great in sandwiches.

    Step 5

    Also shred 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/4 cup asiago. In this picture, gruyere is on the left, and the Parmesan is on the right. Combine the gruyere and asiago cheeses in a bowl.

    Step 6

    Combine 1 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix.

    Step 7

    This is the spread that we will put on the bread before all the other ingredients.

    Step 8

    Grab your bacon and put it on an oven proof pan.

    Step 9

    Cook the bacon until it's to your desired crispness. It only takes a couple minutes in a 425° oven. You can also cook it on the stove, if you prefer.

    Step 10

    Lay out your slices of bread.

    Step 11

    Start spreading a good layer of butter on all slices. This will add a rich flavor to our sandwiches and helps brown the bread on the grill.

    Step 12

    Once buttered, flip the slices over.

    Step 13

    Take a spoon and start spreading the mayonnaise and mustard mixture over the bread. Don't skimp, and make sure all slices have this spread on top!

    Step 14

    I use the back of the spoon to spread it easier.

    Step 15

    It looks good already! But we're not done yet...

    Step 16

    Take some of the gruyere and asiago cheese mix and place on one of the two slices of bread.

    Step 17

    This is the pre-sliced honey ham I had in the fridge. You can use any type of ham you prefer.

    Step 18

    Place a layer of ham on top of the cheese

    Step 19

    Back to the bacon... take it out of the oven once it's done.

    Step 20

    Chop the bacon into large bite-sized pieces.

    Step 21

    Place a couple of pieces of bacon on top of the ham.

    Step 22

    Add more of the gruyere and asiago on top of the bacon.

    Step 23

    Top off the cheese with the other slice of bread.

    Step 24

    Notice the buttered side is facing up.

    Step 25

    The bottom should already be the buttered.

    Step 26

    Heat up your grill or panini press.

    Step 27

    Add your sandwiches and grill until it turns golden brown on the outside.

    Step 28

    Squish and sizzle...! :)

    Step 29

    Golden brown and delicious! Look at the cheese oozing out!

    Step 30

    Tada! Now slice the sandwiches diagonally and eat!