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French-Style Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

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“A memorable grilled cheese sandwich.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 ounces gruyere cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon (or 3/4 t. dried)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices egg bread (1/4 inch thick)
  • 14 lb black forest ham, cut into 4 slices
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (plus extra for serving)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the cheese and tarragon together; set aside.
  2. Butter one side of each bread slice; place 4 slices on a work surface buttered side down.
  3. Evenly distribute cheese mixture over the 4 slices.
  4. Cover the cheese with the ham, folding to fit if necessary.
  5. Spread the mustard on the remaining 4 slices of bread and place them on top of the ham, mustard side down.
  6. Heat a large nonstick skillet over med-high heat for 2 minutes.
  7. Place the sandwiches in the skillet (do this in batches if necessary), cover and cook 2 minutes, or until the undersides are golden brown and the cheese has started to melt.
  8. Turn the sandwiches over using a spatula, pressing firmly to flatten slightly.
  9. Cook 1 minute or until golden brown; turn the sandwich again, press with spatula, and cook for 30 seconds or until the cheese has melted completely.
  10. Serve immediately with extra mustard on the side.

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