Almost Narcotic Toasted Ham & Cheese

Perhaps it is time to stop filling our plates with a basic ham and cheese sandwich whenever there are few spare slices of deli ham in the meat keeper.

Because, do you know what pairs really well with ham? That’s right, apples and mustard.

So, here at the Café we decided to engage these ingredients in a three-way on a toasted bun under a blanket of gooey melted Cheddar cheese.

Watching the cheese melt under the soft glow of the toaster oven’s broiler is a trip.

And, inhaling this toasted ham-and-cheese, laced with apple-mustard sauce, offers enough reasons to never settle for a ho-hum ham and cheese sandwich again. 😉

Tip: If you require the oven to toast your sandwich – and don’t want to clean a big bulky baking sheet afterwards- consider using our favorite piece of cookware for toasting, roasting or broiling single servings: the sizzle platter. Learn more about it here on the Café’s “Must Haves” page.

Almost Narcotic, Toasted Ham & Cheese

Easy ham and cheese melt recipe for students

MAKES: 2 Servings

Ready In: 10 to 12 minutes


  • 1/4 portion of ciabatta bread, sliced in half (or use a sandwich bun)
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 slices thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush each cut side of bread with olive oil. Place each half, cut side up, on a toaster oven baking sheet (or a sizzle platter if using the oven). Broil until bread begins to brown on top, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from toaster oven (or oven) and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together apple sauce and mustard. Spread equal amounts over each toasted half of bread. Top each with equal amounts of ham and cheese. Broil in the toaster oven (or oven) until cheese melts and begins to brown in spots, about 2 to 3 minutes.
easy hot ham and cheese recipe

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