Our Best Ham Sandwiches
If you ever find yourself in a pinch for a good meal, ham, cheese, and bread are there for you. Just because ham sandwiches are simple and ever-so reliable doesn't mean you have to stop at a bare-bones recipe, though. Switching up your cheese, spreading on some jam or even (well, especially) adding a little heat will take your humble ham sandwich to an incredible new level. Who said basic had to be boring?
Ham and Dijon Grilled Cheese
Ham and Manchego Sandwiches with Tomato Jam
Notes: Manchego is a firm Spanish sheep's-milk cheese. Make and wrap sandwiches just before packing.
Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches
Bring life back into your lunch with Ham-and-Fontina Sourdough Sandwiches. Deli ham gets dressed up with a pesto-mayonnaise mixture, fontina cheese, and basil leaves.
Grilled Ham, Peach and Cheddar Sandwiches
Grilled Ham and Cheese Waffle Sandwiches
Pressed Cuban Sandwiches
A traditional Cuban sandwich packs roast pork and thinly sliced ham. We've switched it up a bit, subbing in leftover ham and turkey. For best results, use two cast-iron skillets or a sandwich press.
Ham and Pineapple Slaw Wraps
Mini Ham Sandwiches
For a quick appetizer, serve Mini Ham Sandwiches at your next gathering, or serve these simple ham sandwiches as a hearty accompaniment to your favorite soup.
Fancy Ham and Cheese
We raise the bar with our Fancy Ham and Cheese sandwiches adding Gruyere cheese, dried apricot halves, and toasted pistachios.
Ham and Spinach Focaccia Sandwiches
Look for focaccia in the bakery section of your grocery store.
Ham and Swiss Egg Sandwiches
Mozzarella, Ham, and Basil Panini
A few special ingredients--like freshly baked ciabatta bread or imported Dijon mustard--make a quick, simple sandwich seem like a treat.
Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches
With the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, these Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Serve them during the holidays or during a football party–they are great for any occasion.
Grilled Ham, Muenster, and Spinach Sandwiches
Spinach offers a vitamin-rich alternative to lettuce in this sandwich. Chowchow is a mustard-flavored mixed vegetable and pickle relish available on the condiment aisle. Often served alongside pork and cooked greens, here it adds a subtle tang that complements the ham and spinach.
Prep: 7 minutes; Cook: 4 minutes
Ham and Mustard Crostini
Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches
Cut these sandwiches in half or quarters to show off the colorful layers and make them easier to hold.
Dijon Croque Monsieur
Ham and Mushroom Quesadillas
Serve these quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole. Flip them gently so that the filling stays inside. You can keep the quesadillas warm by placing them in the oven at the lowest setting.
This update on a traditional Cuban sandwich adds a spicy black bean spread and sweet mango, which balances the salty ham. If mango isn't your thing, use low-acid tomatoes.
Prosciutto and Gruyere Strombolis
This is no ordinary ham and Swiss. This five-ingredient recipe comes together quickly to yield a tasty Italian sandwich.
We fancified the classic ham and cheese sammy with prosciutto, Swiss, and pear. Fig preserves provide the can't-quite-place-it sweetness that elevates this toast; you can sub 1/2 teaspoon honey.
Hoi An-style Oven-crisped Pork Sandwich (Banh Mi Thit Hoi An)
Notes: This sandwich is a specialty of Hoi An, a charming old fishing village in central Vietnam. Its interplay of textures - cold cuts (pork loin, ham, or chicken; home-cooked or purchased), ground pork, greens, and cucumbers - is distinctive. Choose a sweet baguette with a light, slightly soft interior and thin, crisp crust. You can assemble the sandwiches through step 2 up to 1 hour ahead; cover loosely and let stand at room temperature.
Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches with Strawberry-Shallot Jam
Use roasted turkey instead of ham, if you prefer.