Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

The oldest diner sandwich in the book becomes a great summer meal when you make it live up to its name—cook it on the grill. Prep and cook time: about 15 minutes.
Makes 4 sandwiches (serving size: 1 sandwich)


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8 slices whole-wheat or walnut-wheat bread (about 10 oz. total)
Dijon mustard
About 8 ounces Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
Good-quality deli ham (about 4 oz. total), sliced
Baby spinach leaves (about 1 oz. total), rinsed
About 2 tablespoons olive oil


1. For each sandwich, spread slices of bread with Dijon mustard; top a slice of bread with a thin layer of cheese, ham, spinach leaves, and more cheese. Top with a second slice of bread. Brush both sides of the sandwich lightly with olive oil, then push two or three toothpicks all the way through the sandwich to secure.

2. Lay sandwiches over medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds); close lid. Cook, turning to prevent bread from scorching (remove toothpicks when turning, if they catch on the grill), until sandwiches are well browned on both sides, with some darker grill marks in spots, and cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes total. Serve hot, while cheese is still melted.

Created date

June 2005

Nutritional Information

Calories 506
Caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
Protein 28 g
Fat 28 g
Satfat 12 g
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fiber 5.3 g
Sodium 1137 mg
Cholesterol 67 mg