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Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Best Cold Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

This cold ham and cheese sandwich recipe is a very quick and easy snack that is ready in a minute and is great for a packed lunch, a picnic or a road trip.

It is a simple sandwich that could not be easier to make.

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Get the mayo on thick

This recipe is for a cold ham and cheese sandwich, but you can also throw this into a sandwich machine, after buttering on the outside, to create a delicious classic ham and cheese toastie. So quick and so tasty (add some onion and sliced tomato to make it even more exciting!). It can also be grilled to make a toastie if you prefer.

Ham cheese and mustard sandwich

You can also add a bit of mustard of your choice to the sandwich to make a ham mustard sandwich if you like. It does spice the sandwich up a bit more and give it a bit of kick. Some hot English Colman’s mustard or some milder French Dijon mustard – either will do the trick! 

In most of these pictures, I have used some thinly cut ham from Aldi, but you could also try boiling and baking your own ham and using some homemade ham slices like in this ham sandwich picture below.

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Homecooked ham sandwich

Home baked ham really does make a terrific sandwich (check out the link at the end of this post), as the glaze also adds a lot of taste to the ham. We eat quite a lot of homecooked ham, especially around Christmas time.

The choices of ham are of course these days also quite plentiful. So rather than some simple Aldi ham, why not treat yourself to some dry-aged Spanish Serrano ham, Italian Prosciutto or French jambon if you can get some? All delicious in a ham and cheese sandwich. 

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Freshly ground pepper

This is a very simple, quick and easy recipe for a sandwich that can be used in a packed lunch, whilst travelling or just as a great snack idea.

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Mature cheddar cheese slices

Best cheese for cold sandwiches

In this recipe, I use some mature Irish cheddar cheese which is just wonderful and tasty and easy for us to purchase locally. I always prefer using an older and more matured cheese for these type of sandwiches. My preference is also to use cheese I have sliced myself rather than processed cheese slices. I just think it tastes better.

But of course, again the options are infinite.  Different countries all have their own different cheeses and you will find that many of them, even though perhaps not what you are used to eating, are quite delicious.

If you are in Switzerland for example, you may find some slices of Emmentaler or Gruyère in your ham and cheese sandwich.

When we lived in the Netherlands, a slice of medium strength Gouda cheese would normally find its way into the lunchtime sandwiches. All these cheeses will change the character of your sandwich, so choose what you prefer.

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Cold Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Best bread for Ham and Cheese Sandwich

We tend to make our ham and cheese sandwiches with a multigrain bread from Aldi which makes it a pretty healthy ham cheese sandwich. But again, the possibilities are endless.

On the continent, in France, a baguette (French bread) is the most used bread for a jambon et fromage (ham and cheese) sandwich. But you can of course use whatever you have available where you are. A few nice slices of fresh crusty sourdough, some soft white sliced bread or even some nice baps are all great for making a good ham and cheese sandwich.

Basically, make it with what you have available, and if you are putting it in your lunchbox, then keep it in a bag or airtight container to keep it fresh for longer.

I hope if you have never tried one of these you will give it a go. The variations are endless as discussed (i.e. type of bread, mayo, mustard, ham type, cheese type etc etc).

All variations add their own charms!


Let me know how you make your own favourite ham and cheese sandwich in the comments section below!

How to make a ham and cheese sandwich

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ham and cheese sandwich recipe

Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute

This quick and easy ham and cheese sandwich recipe is a classic and is great hot or cold. Put into a sandwich maker to make a great ham and cheese toastie.


  • 2 slices of bread (white or brown)
  • 1 tbsp Hellman’s Real mayonnaise
  • 2 slices cooked ham
  • 2 slices Mature Cheddar cheese


  • 1 tsp English mustard (or Dijon if you prefer)
  • Black pepper


    1. Spread the mayo on one slice of bread. Then add the ham and cheese and close the sandwich. Cut into two pieces (diagonally or in the middle).
    2. If you are feeling adventurous and like a bit of a kick, add some mustard to the mayo and/or grind some black pepper into the sandwich.


Great for a packed lunch, picnic or road trip.

Or perfect as a hot snack any time during the day.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 782Total Fat: 49gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 2232mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 49g

This nutrition information was automatically calculated by Nutritionix, but may not be 100% accurate.

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