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Ham and grilled cheese sandwich recipe

Ham and grilled cheese sandwich recipe

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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. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 5 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 555 calories / serving

Ingredients

  • 8 chunky slices bread, roughly 1cm thick
  • 200g (7oz) mature Gouda, rind removed, finely sliced
  • 8 slices Parma ham
  • 50g baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1 large knob of butter

For the relish

  • 4 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise
  • dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • dash of Tabasco
If you don't have any spinach, try using kale

Each serving contains

  • Energy

    2320kj
    555kcal
    28%
  • Fat

    31g 44%
  • Saturates

    15g 76%
  • Sugars

    7g 44%
  • Salt

    4g 67%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 44.9g Protein 27.6g Fibre 2.5g

Method

  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.

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