Today’s post is a twofer. It’s a good use of leftover ham AND a twist on grilled ham and cheese. Did you know that this month is Grilled Cheese Month? As a member of Cabot’s Cheese Board, the folks over at Cabot Cheese send me goodies every now and then. I recently got a nice box of cheesy goodness, just in time for Grilled Cheese Month.
What to do? What to do? And then it hit me in the middle of the night. I’m serious. I got up around 3am last night to, well,
visit the ladies room pee and this grilled cheese sandwich came to mind. Here’s what was running through my head ‘I’m kinda hungry. I should go get a piece of that leftover ham. No, I better not. It can wait until tomorrow. You know what would be good? A grilled cheese sandwich with some leftover ham and jalapeno jelly on it. Yup. Maybe I’ll make that in the morning.’
To me a perfect grilled cheese sandwich is made of the following components:
- Good bread, toasted with a nice crust, but not so crunchy that it cuts the roof of your mouth.
- Melty cheese. Not too much but enough to get that stringy effect.
- Meat is good but not a big slab of meat that slides out of the sandwich when you go to take a bite. That’s just downright annoying.
- A twist. Adding something different, like a chutney, special mustard or spread gives an everyday sandwich that little something special.
For my sandwich I used whole grain bread, some of my homemade jalapeno jelly, leftover ham cut into cubes (important!) and two cheeses – Cabot Monterey Jack and Seriously Sharp Cheddar.
So if you’ve got some leftover ham hanging around, I strongly encourage you to dice it up and make this grilled cheese sandwich. You won’t be sorry!