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Smoked Ham Grilled Cheese, From Leftovers

Smoked Ham Grilled Cheese, From Leftovers Picture


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Grilled Cheese is always one of my go to leftover meals. This one has all the benefits of using up some leftovers, besides having great flavor.

The large Ham, that I cooked for New Years Day, is finally getting used up. I've been playing with it, and have used it in a Ham and Egg Sandwich, my Smokey Ham and Corn Chowder, Ham and Eggs, and Ham Sandwiches. I'm still not bored with it because I've used it in so many different ways.

Using some of the leftover Root Beer Glaze to warm up the Ham, along with using leftover butter from the Garlic Bread was a real good idea. Both added some great extra flavor to that old standard grilled cheese sandwich.

  • 1/4 Pound, Cheddar Cheese

  • 1 Medium, Tomato

  • 1/2 Medium, Onion

  • 2 Thick Slices, Leftover Smoked Ham

  • 4 Slices, Rye Bread

  • Butter, as needed


1. Prep the vegetables by slicing the tomatoes, a out 3/6" thick, the onions as thin as you can get them about 1/16", and the cheese about 1/8" thick. Place them all on a plate to be ready to load the sandwich.

2. Since my ham was thick, I cut each slice in half to warm up, in a Teflon fry pan along with a little of the Root Beer Glaze. If you don't have any of the Glaze, just use a 1/2 pat of butter. Warm the Leftover Smoked Ham over high heat for about 1 minute on each side. Being warm, the meat will help to melt the cheese.
Putting the Sandwich Together Picture

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3. Butter one side of a piece of bread, and lay it, buttered side down, in a COLD, Teflon fry pan. Place the Cheese, 1 piece of ham, a layer of tomatoes, then a thin layer of onions.

Ron's Note:
I had leftover garlic butter from making Garlic Bread for my Smoked Ham Corn Chowder. It went great on this grilled cheese sandwich.
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4. Place a second piece of meat, then more cheese. Butter the second slice of bread, and place it on top of the sandwich, buttered side up.

5. Place the pan on the stove, cover, and turn to medium heat. It'll took me about 7 minutes to cook the first side, but your stove might be different and heat up quicker, so keep a watch on it.

When the cheese has melted on the bottom of the sandwich, check to make sure that the bread has toasted.

Carefully flip the sandwich over, press it down with a spatula, and cook another 2 - 3 minutes on the second side. Or, until the bottom cheese is melted, and the bottom piece of bread is toasted.
Plated Picture of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

6. You can serve this whole, or slice it in half to serve along with a nice bowl of soup.

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