Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I'm almost at a loss for words to describe this Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich, it is just that good! I guess I will say, let the pictures tell you everything you need to know about this sandwich.  

Several months ago I had, I guess the word is, "pinspiration" when I saw this utterly incredible photo of a Broccoli Grilled Cheese sandwich over at BS in the Kitchen.  It left me salivating and I never did forget about it.  I was purely inspired to make my own rendition.  

If you have tried my Healthy Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe then this recipe and cooking method will be familiar to you (though this version isn't quite as healthy =). Some may say if you are going to have a grilled cheese sandwich you may as well load on the butter, use white bread and just go all out. I say otherwise, not only because it's better for you to fry with olive oil and use whole grain bread but I think it tastes better. I hope you adapt this cooking method for all your grilled cheese sandwiches, it's a small and simple step to a healthier grilled cheese.  Enjoy!

ahh, that first bite...

Broccoli Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yields 1 Sandwich


2 slices Double Fiber Bread or Whole Wheat Bread

1.5 oz Medium Cheddar Cheese, grated (about 1/3 cup packed)

1/2 oz Parmesan Cheese, finely grated (about 2 Tbsp)

1/4 cup finely chopped quality ham*

6 small broccoli florets, steamed then diced into small pieces**

1/8 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp garlic powder

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided


In a bowl, combine grated Cheddar Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, ham, steamed broccoli, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper.  Layer mixture over one slice of bread then top with additional slice of bread gently pressing down.  Heat a non-stick fry pan over medium low heat then drizzle 1/2 Tbsp olive oil into pan and tilt pan back and forth to evenly coat, immediately place sandwich in pan (I don't preheat the oil because the outside would darken before the inside cooks through), cover pan with lid and cook 2 - 3 minutes until bottom becomes golden brown.  Carefully lift sandwich out of pan with a spatula then add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil to pan and tilt to coat.  Carefully flip sandwich returning to pan, cover pan with lid, and cook opposite side until bottom is golden brown and cheese has melted about 2 - 3 minutes.  Serve warm.

*I put quality ham because I used leftover spiral sliced ham that I had placed in the food processor then processed several seconds until chopped into very small pieces (I always do this with leftover ham and freeze it.  It's great for salads, sandwiches, eggs and many other entrees. This recipe is a great use for that leftover spiral sliced ham this upcoming Easter).  If you don't happen to have left over ham you could also use deli ham, diced into pieces.

**I use a simple steaming method, I place 1/4 cup water in a microwave safe bowl then add broccoli florets.  Microwave on HIGH power 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes until tender, then drain water and dice into smaller pieces.

Recipe Source: inspired by BS in the Kitchen, recipe Cooking Classy

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