Caramelized Apple + Ham Grilled Cheese

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Lauren Zembron
Lauren Zembron
I am a 34 year old living outside of Boston with my wonderful husband, energetic daughter, sweet son, and playful dog. I have degrees in both psychology and guidance counseling, and have worked in a variety of school settings. I strive to find a balance between the two basic food philosophies of “eat to live” and “live to eat“. I believe that food should be (and is!) one of the great pleasures of leading a healthy lifestyle.

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 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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