Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich and We Have a Winner for the Chef Boyardee Prize Pack

Let’s talk fashion. 

How often have you gone shopping to purchase a sweater that looks exactly the same as one you already have at home?

My bet is not very often. It makes sense. I’ve never tried it, but I think it would get dull (and mess with other people's heads) if you put on the same outfit every day.

Let’s talk cooking.

Cooking can get as boring as wearing the same sweater every day if you prepare the same dishes the same way 90 to 100 percent of the time.

Unfortunately that’s what I do each time I make a grilled cheese sandwich. It's like I go on auto cooking pilot when I make the damn thing. I never thought of how BORING it was until I saw this Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich recipe in an old food magazine.

Instead of spreading the same ole butter on the outside of the bread, you brush it with egg (sort of like French toast) and rather than leaving the inside of the bread plain and blah, you spread on tasty horseradish mustard! It so good with the ham and melted Swiss cheese.

What I really loved was it got me excited about cooking a grilled cheese sandwich, which I never thought would actually happen.

Song Suggestion: A couple "fashion inspired" songs you can listen to while your dressing up your grilled cheese.

Before you check out the recipe below...
I would like to announce the winner of the Chef Boyardee Prize Pack.

Congratulations to Tricia at I Sing In The Kitchen!

The runner up is Colleen! I have some Chef Boyardee coupons for you!

I want to also give a big Thank-You to all of you who participated! I really appreciate you sharing your comments and I love the recipe ideas! 

Thanks also to the folks at Chef Boyardee for supplying the prizes.  

Grilled Ham and Swiss Cheese Sandwich
(Adapted from a recipe found in Bon Appetit Magazine)
Makes 1 Exciting Grilled Cheese Sandwich Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

2 slices good quality bread
Horseradish mustard (any mustard will do)
1 piece thinly sliced Swiss cheese
3 pieces thinly sliced Black Forest ham
1 egg
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tbsp unsalted butter

Thinly spread 1 side of each bread slice with mustard. Top one slice of bread with ham and cheese. Top with remaining bread slice, mustard side down, to form sandwich.
In a small bowl, whisk together egg and black pepper. Brush both sides of sandwich with egg mixture.

In a non-stick skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add sandwich. Cover with lid and cook until bread is golden brown on the outside, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Two Other Sandwich Recipes You Might Like Hawaiian Pizza Panini Grilled Vegetable Sandwich


  1. I love your comparison to shopping. It's true. While I have my favorite standbys that I don't want to tweak, part of the fun of cooking (and eating!) is twisting ingredients into new dishes. This grilled cheese looks absolutely delicious and is a great reminder to spice up more of my dishes lately.

  2. "...twisting ingredients into new dishes" I love how you put that! It's such a huge part of keeping cooking (and eating) interesting and fun.

    Thanks for your comment Jessi!

  3. Any kind of toasted/grilled/paninied sandwich is good with me! Looks great