Caramelized Apple + Ham Grilled Cheese Recipe

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
I'm a human being on planet earth. I've lived hundreds of lifetimes. In this incarnation I'm here to advance medicine.

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


  • 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

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 470 kcal
  • Protein: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Dietary Fiber: 4g
  • Sugars: 18g
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Sodium: 900mg


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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