Difficulty: Easy | Prep time: 5 minutes | Cook time: 5-8 mins | Servings: 1


  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 slices of bread (We like a honey wheat bread, like Sara Lee, but any bread you have on hand will do)
  • 2 slices of Swiss, Gruyere or Jarlsberg cheese (some recipes call for shredded, but we find sliced to be easier to work with)
  • 2-3 slices of ham


  • Frying pan, cast iron skillet or pie iron (we prefer a cast iron skillet. Gives the sandwich a crispier outer crust)


  1. Spread the butter evenly over 1 side of the sliced bread. Repeat with the other slice.
  2. Put one slice of cheese on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread. Top with the slices of ham and the remaining cheese slice.
  3. Top with the other slice of bread, butter side up.
  4. Place the sandwhich in a hot skillet and cook until the bottom is golden brown. Flip over and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melty. Alternatively, if using a pie iron cook until bread browns and cheese melts.

Kick it up a notch:

For an extra flavor kick, add dijon mustard to the non-buttered side of the bread.

Lifestyle Alternatives:

For a gluten-free option, use a gluten free bread (we like Udi’s Multi-Grain), and reduce the cheese to 1 slice. You can also replace a dairy based cheese with a non-dairy (we like Daiya’s swiss style cheese slices).