Why would anyone get excited about a ham sandwich, you ask? Oh, my friend, let me fill you in on a little secret: it doesn’t take much to make a plain old ham sandwich so, so, SO much more than just a ham sandwich. With just a few ingredients (which you probably already have) and a little culinary genius, you’ve got a ham-azing breakfast, lunch or dinner.
10 Easy Ham Sandwich Recipes
Ham, Brie and Apple Melt: For a cheesy panini-style sandwich, layer deli ham, apples and sliced brie cheese onto the bread of your choosing (we love croissants with this recipe) and grill the whole thing in a panini press for a gooey, melty, totally kid-approved dinner. Add arugula for an extra bite of flavor. No press? No problem. Here are 5 ways to press a sandwich without a panini press.
Classic Cuban Sandwich: Packed with deli ham, roasted pork and melted Swiss cheese, this easy Cuban sandwich recipe might just become a weekly favorite. Don’t leave off the dill pickles – they add a punch and pucker that goes perfect with the hearty ham and pork.
Waffle Breakfast Sandwich: This is how you coax kids into getting up and getting ready for school in the morning, and it couldn’t be easier. Just put some eggs (any way they like ‘em), cheese and deli ham on top of a waffle and top with a second waffle. With maple syrup if they’re being nice.
Ham and Cheese “Sushi” Rolls: Okay, so not technically a sandwich, but close enough. Wrap ham, cheese and your favorite condiments into a whole wheat tortilla to make ham and cheese “sushi” rolls worthy of any lunchbox.
Monte Cristo Ham Sandwich: What’s not to love about a ham sandwich dipped in egg and cooked like French toast to golden buttery perfection? Assemble a ham and cheese sandwich (Gruyere is great here), soak in egg and fry in some melted butter until the cheese is hot and gooey, and the crust is crispy. Now THAT’S a ham sandwich.
Italian Sandwich: It’s not a just ham sandwich, it’s a ham, turkey and salami sandwich! This Italian ham sandwich recipe gets its kid-friendly sweetness from roasted red peppers.
Quick BBQ Ham Sandwich: If you’ve got ham in the refrigerator, you can make a meal that the whole family will love, in a flash. No, really. These 10-minute BBQ ham sandwiches couldn’t be easier to make. Just simmer deli ham in a pan of your favorite BBQ sauce to infuse a smoky flavor. Top with your favorite condiments, like pickles, coleslaw, cheese or tomato.
Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders: This ham and cheese sliders recipe is all about the sauce you pour over them before they bake. Use those sweet Hawaiian rolls the kids (and adults) can’t resist a meal that’s awesome sauce all around.
Ham and Cheese Twists: Fun to make and even more fun to eat! These ham and cheese twists are half breadstick, half sandwich and all delicious. Even better, they keep great, making them perfect for packed lunches!
Pineapple Teriyaki Ham Sandwich: A mega sandwich for when the kids come home from practice mega hungry. This ham and chicken sandwich recipe rocks the sweet and salty flavors of grilled pineapple, teriyaki and ham in one Big Kahuna of a sandwich.
Told you it didn’t take much to make a plain ham sandwich a lot more exciting. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good ham sandwich! There always seems to be some ham in the fridge, so more recipes just mean more ways to make sure the kids never get bored of it.