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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

This is one of our favorite recipes for lunch time. Served along with handful of chips it is a very simple meal The theme over at Life As Mom Ultimate Recipe Swap is lunch

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

8 (1/2-inch thick) slices country-style bread
•12 ounces Monterey jack, farmhouse Cheddar, Gruyere, or imported Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
•8 slices baked, sliced deli ham
•4 tablespoons unsalted butter (or Smart Choice butter)

Heat a large skillet over medium-low heat. Place 4 slices of bread on a cutting board and generously butter the top sides of each slice. Melt another tablespoon of the butter in the skillet; swirl around to coat the pan. Lay 2 slices of bread, buttered side down, in the skillet. Put a few slices of the cheese on the bread. Lay the ham on top of the cheese. Cover with a few more slices of cheese. Top with 2 of the remaining slices of bread, placed buttered-side up.
Cook, without pressing, until the bread browns and the cheese is slightly melted, about 5 minutes. Turn the sandwiches with a spatula and add a small piece of butter to the pan. Cook slowly, adjusting the heat as needed to melt the cheese completely before the sandwiches are brown, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Repeat with the other 2 sandwiches. Serve.

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