Inside-Out Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches
- TOTAL TIME: 7 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4
The best way to improve on a great grilled cheese is to sprinkle some cheese on the outside of the bread. It creates a super-crisp, cheesy crust.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 8 slices of bakery Pullman bread
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese, preferably Gruyère
- 8 ounces thinly sliced ham
- Dill pickle slices (optional)
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup apricot preserves
- Butter each slice of bread and sprinkle with Parmigiano, pressing to help it adhere. Invert the slices onto a work surface, cheese side down. Top 4 of the slices with the Swiss cheese, ham and pickles. Mix the mustard and preserves and spread on the remaining 4 slices of bread. Close the sandwiches and griddle over moderate heat, turning, until golden, crisp on the outside and melted inside, about 3 minutes. Cut in half and serve right away.
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