Caramelized Apple + Ham Grilled Cheese


Are you sick of seeing recipes featuring leftover Easter ham? I hope not, because I have one more for ya.

My in-laws sent us home with a generous portion of the delicious ham that we enjoyed last weekend in CT, and I was dreaming about this sandwich before we even got back to MA.

Sweet-smoky ham paired with sharp cheddar and maple-y caramelized apples makes for one fantastic spin on the classic grilled cheese!




Caramelized Apple + Ham Grilled Sandwich

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 2

Cook Time: 5

Keywords: fry sandwich main bread ham apples cheese Easter

Ingredients (1 sandwich)

  • 1/2 large apple, preferably organic, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp butter, plus more for spreading on bread
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup, preferably grade B
  • 2 slices hearty whole wheat bread
  • 1 thick slice leftover baked ham
  • enough slices of sharp cheddar to cover one slice of bread


Heat 1 tsp butter in a medium skillet set over medium-high heat. Add in the apple slices and cook, stirring occasionally until light brown, about 2 minutes. Add in the maple syrup, reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 2-3 additional minutes.

Layer the ham, caramelized apples, and cheddar slices onto one slice of bread. Top with remaining slice of bread. Lightly spread butter over top of sandwich. Place sandwich, buttered side down, in the skillet over medium heat and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Flip sandwich, lightly spread top side with butter, cover skillet, and cook until the bread is browned and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes.

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32 thoughts on “Caramelized Apple + Ham Grilled Cheese

  1. Hi!,
    I loved your recipe and would try it soon. But I should mention that I agree with Jerry, who says, it may not count as a healthy meal. I would definitely try it soon. Thank you for your recipe.

  2. This sandwich is so appetizing. It is such a creative way to make a sandwich. I never imagined that apples could be done like that and could become a good combination for ham and grilled cheese. This recipe is very unique and it looks very tasty! I am interested to try it. I’ll definitely give it try by following your ingredients and directions. I’m sure my family will love it. Thanks for this.
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  3. This recipe sounds amazing. I certainly am not tired of the Easter ham leftovers. Ham is like turkey to me, we only get baked hams a couple times of year so I’m ready for it whenever we get it.

  4. I have always loved hams! Though usually I pair it with peaches and pineapples, choosing an apple to be paired on cheese for another blend is one of a kind as well. I would really love to try this on one of these holidays.

  5. This is just perfect for my next recipe. Ham is always my favourite and you can mix it up with lots of ways.

    Let you know how it goes.

  6. My in laws eat ham almost every other Sunday, sending us off with generous portions each time. This recipe will be a nice addition to the arsenal

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