Grilled Cheese & Ham

Grilled Cheese & Ham
This post is a day late but if you had the Easter Sunday I had…

8 people.
12 courses – homemade from all of us.
Endless bottles of wine plus that random bottle of fine Rye Whiskey that I just couldn’t leave at home.

A grown-up Easter Egg hunt.
Cards Against Humanity.
Some of that green herb (ahem) making an hourly appearance.
And all of us dressed to the absolute fucking NINES.

Except for when Colleen got down to her skivvies and ran outside, leaping around all the neighbors houses in a black cape while the rest of us were on the balcony yelling, “YESSSS GAGA!!”


Best. Easter. Ever.


All I kept asking myself Monday morning was how the fuck did I make it into work?
Longest Monday ever.


This sandwich is one of the items I made at the party to warm everyone up because I was still cooking and you know how people get when they’re ready to eat.

It was inspired by the Croque Madame I had at my girlfriends birthday brunch the day before all the Easter Sunday Madness.


After eating every fucking thing I could possibly eat to wake up the next morning and look like I’m in the 3rd trimester, I’m back on the wagon.
Back to eating less and working out more.




Grilled Cheese & Ham

What I Used.

Several Slices of White Bread. A Generous Block of Gruyere Cheese. 1 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese. Multiple Slices of Thick-Cut Smoked Ham. 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter. Arugula (or any other leafy vegetable).

What I Did.

Set the oven to 400F.
Under a low-med flame, melt 2 tbsp butter.
I chose to cut the edges off the bread prior to cooking but I’d suggest you do it at the end – it’ll clean up things up a bit from the melted cheese.

Lay down a bread slice.
Add a ham slice (or two) on top.
Then layer out several slices of the gruyere cheese, topping with a sprinkling of the shredded parmesan.
Place another slice of bread on top.
When the slice on the bottom is golden brown – flip the entire sandwich.

Cook under the same low-med flame until that side down is also golden brown.
Then place the pan in the oven to cook for 5-7 mins or until the cheese begins to melt.


Remove from oven.
Cut the edges of the bread off and slice in half.

Serve with a green salad – at least make an attempt to do the right thing.
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80 thoughts on “Grilled Cheese & Ham

      1. You’re welcome!

        Oh, I’m loving it! I do hate how cold mornings and nights still are though. Are you liking it? Now you’ll be able to go back to taking pictures faithfully lol without mother nature intervening 🙂

      2. Nothing but rain. Not surprised though because the weather always varies the further away from the city one is.
        I work in Wilmington and it’s always different between here and home

  1. haha, your easter sunday sounds like mine, minus the grilled cheese sandwiches. well… 9 people and lots and lots of wine (okay maybe we had just 4 courses. lol) all great things though and I´m glad you had a wonderful day.

    Anyway speaking of late posts, can´t be as bad as mine which i started writing on Easter Sunday afternoon and finished last night. Still titles Easter Monday. LOL and very acceptable to post a day or 2 later
    What´s wrong with us?

  2. PS: I am tooo fregging hungry after seeing this, when I get home (in 45minutes) I am having a nice ham cheese grilled sandwich, I wish I had a stove at my work desk 😮

  3. I know what you mean. I got on the scale at the gym yesterday (by the way why can’t gym just get digital fucking scales already jesus this isn’t 1920) and it was SCARY! After vacation and easter this food baby is about to blow! The best thing I had at easter though was this super simple ceviche – just salmon chunks, lime, and mint. AMAZING! What was your favorite?

    Danika Maia

    1. Damn that does sound good.
      The truest form of Ceviche.
      I think my favorite was this ricotta vegetable pasta Fabio made.
      It was melt in your mouth delicious and worth the cheese intake 😀

  4. I simply adore ham and cheese, and this looks like an upgraded version I do believe I’ll have to try out soon. Sounds like Easter Sunday was a blast. And why no pics of the caped underwear crusader? 😉

    1. Thank you!
      No pics because this blog is for food & fashion and Instagram is for everything else.
      I can’t get sidetracked.
      I have to keep reminding myself of that because it’s hard as hell not to share when I’m talking about these things 😦

  5. You are going to laugh at me, I don’t even want to tell you, but I can not stand ham. I will eat bacon and prosicutto but can not stand ham, so weird I know! Andy makes fun of me all the time for it! sub prosciutto and I will take two:)

    xx Cara

    1. Hahaha!
      It’s probably a texture thing for you because you’re definitely not worried about sodium lol.
      But who am I to talk, I only eat it once or twice a year myself :p

  6. Hmmm Yum, sometimes its all about the simple yummy things in life! And haha, to you looking like you are on your 3rd trimmester, I’m expecting quadruplets btw, but since I’ve actually been getting no action in THAT way, I am also trying to eat less and exercise more. Today I went to Zumba Aerobics with my ma and was blubbering all over the place like a fat baby seal on skates. Anyhoo, your Easter sounds like it was a lot of fun! x

  7. What’s not to love here Cake? Gruyere is the best! Your Easter sounds eggcellent (😁) but why did you have to work Monday? It’s a holiday over here!!

  8. Sounds like an epic Easter. I hope there was some sort of photographic documentation so that you can all relive it later on when you’ve almost forgotten.

    I only learned of Cards Against Humanity recently. Have I been living under a rock!? Somehow I just know that our kind of people would be awesome at that game. We played it as a drinking game. There was fine tequila and spiced rum involved.

      1. My girl friends are always saying that I have no censor/filter when I’ve been drinking. I entertain them sure, but in a shocking way. I need to play CAH with them. I think I’ll suddenly seem like an angel compared to those evil, evil cards.

  9. Hey! 🙂
    Glad you had a great Easter holiday! Thanks for sharing this recipe – hadn’t had a grilled cheese sandwich since 2006 (when I moved back to Austria). People here in Austria don’t know about the deliciousness of grilled cheese sandwiches… I am writing down the ingredients rght now – I’ll be having me some nice grilled cheese tonight!
    Your Backdirndl

    1. Hey love!
      The last time I had one of these i was 10 years old!
      It’s easy to forget the good old school stuff but boy are they delicious!
      Have a great day beautiful!

  10. The way you recount the “goings ons” in your life, are so vivid I literately felt like I was at that grown up Easter party, shouting at your friend from the balcony!! It sounds like one to remember for sure! The photos are glorious and that sandwich looks divine! xo-Danielle

  11. Love it! Grilled sandwiches are a great amuse bouche–large enough to quell immediate hunger but not too big as to ruin the appetite. I have some leftover lamb from Easter that I might need to turn into an open-face croque monsieur for lunch today…along with some salad, of course!

  12. Wow, sounds like a great group of people to send Easter with! That grilled cheese looks wonderful. I just read about a grilled cheese hack where the guy put cheese on the (wait for it) OUTSIDE too! It gets all crispy and delicious. You know, like the bottom of a fondu pot. That amazing deliciousness!

    1. Putting cheese on the outside is my paradise.
      It’s also the death wish for my tummy because I still don’t know the lactose-pill-requirement yet 😦

      Hope you had a wonderful Easter Eva!

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