Inside-Out Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches


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.

Total Time:
20 mins
4 sandwiches
Inside-Out Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches
© Con Poulos


  • 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


  1. 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 four of the slices with the Swiss cheese, ham, and pickles, if using. 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.

Suggested Pairing

Ripe, spicy Malbec.

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