Ham and grilled cheese sandwich

Ham And Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The grilled cheese sandwich is the epitome of comfort food. We’ve put a twist on the traditional toasted sandwich by combining salty Parma ham, fresh spinach, nutty Gouda and a sweet and spicy relish. Encased within extra thick bread, this truly is the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Preparation

1. Combine the relish ingredients in a small bowl, season with black pepper, then spread a thin layer onto each slice of bread.

2. In a hot griddle pan, cook the bread slices (relish side up) until griddle marks form. Remove from the pan, top 4 of the slices of bread with cheese, then add the ham, followed by the spinach. Season with black pepper; sandwich with the remaining bread.

3. Melt the butter in a large, lidded frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add two sandwiches and cover with the lid. Cook for 7-10 mins, then flip and cook for a further 7-10 mins, until the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and serve immediately.

Cook's tip: Unlike toasties, grilled cheese sandwiches are fried in butter to ensure a crispy exterior. For a lighter version, skip this step and cook under the grill. For the bread, wholemeal or sourdough work best, as they are robust enough to hold the fillings. A seeded loaf will add extra crunch, if preferred.

Ingredients

For the relish:

Ingredients

For the relish:

Preparation

1. Combine the relish ingredients in a small bowl, season with black pepper, then spread a thin layer onto each slice of bread.

2. In a hot griddle pan, cook the bread slices (relish side up) until griddle marks form. Remove from the pan, top 4 of the slices of bread with cheese, then add the ham, followed by the spinach. Season with black pepper; sandwich with the remaining bread.

3. Melt the butter in a large, lidded frying pan over a medium-low heat. Add two sandwiches and cover with the lid. Cook for 7-10 mins, then flip and cook for a further 7-10 mins, until the cheese is melted. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches and serve immediately.

Cook's tip: Unlike toasties, grilled cheese sandwiches are fried in butter to ensure a crispy exterior. For a lighter version, skip this step and cook under the grill. For the bread, wholemeal or sourdough work best, as they are robust enough to hold the fillings. A seeded loaf will add extra crunch, if preferred.