Saturday, December 8, 2012

Apple, Ham and Cheddar Melt : Cook Like A Star

Made this quick and simple brunch. This was supposed to be our breakfast!  But being the school holidays at this time of the year, (for my western friends, we are having the annual year end school holiday from second week of November right up to early January when the new term starts)  my nieces came to stay for a few days, all of them slept in, and woke up very late, so breakfast became brunch. At least I do not have to think about preparing lunch! Phew, what a relief!  Lazy mommy! Sometimes I'm at wits end thinking about the next meal!

This is a simple and satisfying sandwich. 

That's all the ingredients needed : yellow mustard, slices of ham, cheese slices, apple rings and wholemeal bread. And some butter. The bread looks like white bread, but these are actually store-bought wholemeal bread.

This is very easy to make and so good to eat. We love the thick slice of apple in the centre. One piece of bread is spread with some yellow mustard, layered with a slice of cheese, a slice of ham, a slice of apple ring and another slice of cheese, top with the second piece of bread. Both the top of the bread and the bottom are spread with a little butter and toast on a hot saucepan or skillet until light brown, turn over and brown the other side. The bread are then placed on a baking tray and pop into the preheated oven for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts.

Cut into triangles and serve while the bread is crispy and warm. The sweet-sour apple, and the salty ham and cheese makes a very delicious combo with the crispy toasted bread. I would never have thought of using apples as an ingredient in toasted bread sandwiches!

Review from the four kids : Thumbs up! They really enjoyed it! I did too, with a cup of warm tea.

I'm linking this post to Cook Like A Star, where the featured chef for this month is Martha Stewart, an event organized by Zoe of Bake from Happy Kids and co-hosted together with Baby Sumo from Eat Your Heart Out and Riceball from Riceball Eats.

I'm also sharing this with :
Recipe Box hosted by Bizzy Bakes
Full Plate Thursday hosted by Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Apple, Ham and Cheddar Melt
(source from :
8 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 pound Fuji apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread half the bread slices with mustard. Layer with cheddar, ham, apple, and more cheddar, dividing evenly. Top with remaining bread slices. Lightly butter both sides of sandwiches.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook sandwiches, turning once, until bread is golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer sandwiches to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in oven until cheddar is melted, about 5 minutes. Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal, and serve warm.


  1. Joyce , I'll be happy eating this morning , noon , teatime and night ! lol The sight of that melted cheese makes me drool :D Simply yummy !

  2. Looks good, I would love to have this sandwich anytime!

  3. Quick and easy breakfast/brunch! great to eat with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate for kids!

  4. It is really interesting that you are using apple as one of the ingredients. And I love how you sliced it. It makes the apple one piece inside the sandwich. Also now I know what I can use to replace with inside my sandwich when I run out of cucumber ;-)

  5. What a nice long holiday! That sandwich looks so good, with the melty cheese and the apple. :)

  6. Sandwich looks simply mouthwatering. Lovely preparation.

  7. Joyce, I must try this sandwich, that oozy cheese sure looks good!

  8. WOW! The sandwich looks so good! I can have anytime of the day, even for supper :D

  9. Delicious and perfect for any time of the day!

  10. It reminds me our "Croque Monsieur" that I love and never cook because of my children and my husband who don't like it ... Life is so unfair, sometimes ... ;)
    I liked the short line about the school's end, in your country ! It's so strange for us, to think your "school break" is from november to january !
    Thank you for sharing a part of your life :)

  11. This would make a perfect breakfast for me! Owh I'm literally drooling here...;)

  12. Mmmm......I don't mind having that for breakfast, lunch and dinner:D They look so good! I don't bother with breakfast during the school hols too, the boys woke up at midday!

  13. Joyce,
    This is a great brunch!
    My boys wouldn't mind to have this any time of the day!
    It is filling and a happy meal ..:D

  14. Hi Joyce,

    This cheesy toasties looks extra delicious with slices of fresh and juicy apples. I'm drooling thinking of these sandwiches.


  15. Joyce, I would imagine how it will be like, having a slice of the melts now... Yum Yum!!!

  16. Joyce, I can imagine the flavours are nice - sweet apples and salty cheese. YUM!

  17. This sounds great, Joyce! Love that oozing cheese. Have a good week, my friend!

  18. Hi Joy,
    I just love the apple ham and cheddar combination. This would be a great sandwich. Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  19. cooking like a star for sure with this sandwich! I love apple and cheddar together. wonderful creation

  20. Hi Joyce, I've never thought of sandwiching apple with ham and cheese, sounds like a very interesting combination! Love the oozing cheese you've got there. Take care!

  21. OH YUM! Love the oozing cheese just makes me drools! I can have this any time of the day ! :)

  22. apples in sandwich? yes, i would never thought to put apples in sandwich, either
    but reading the review from u, i should try!