Black Forest Ham, Apple & Thyme Grilled Cheese
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National Grilled Cheese Day: Black Forest Ham, Apple & Thyme Grilled Cheese

Black Forest Ham, Apple & Thyme Grilled Cheese

I knew that this month was National Grilled Cheese month, but on Wednesday, I was talking with a cheesemonger in Chelsea Market, and she told me that Friday was THE day. What perfect timing! I bought a few things from Lucy’s Whey, but wasn’t able to get any cheese since I planned to be out for several hours still. I did get some goat milk caramels from Big Picture Farm (wow!!) and a new cheese knife (but this one is different from the four one I already have… don’t judge). They have a fantastic selection of artisanal cheeses and all sorts of goodies to serve with said cheeses – it’s amazing how much they packed into such a tiny space! They had grilled cheese sandwiches, too. Yum. This is just a little peek at the amazing assortment they had:

Lucy's Whey

Anyway, let’s talk about the awesome grilled cheese sandwich that I made for lunch to celebrate this wonderful holiday. In a small, non-stick skillet, I fried 2 pieces of black forest ham. While they were browning, I lightly buttered the outside of 2 pieces of multigrain bread. I flipped the bread over and spread a thin layer of coarse ground mustard on the insides. I grated a nice pile of gruyere cheese onto both sides, on top of the mustard. I added some thinly sliced green apple on one side and sprinkled the leaves from 2 sprigs of thyme over top. I put the fried ham on the other piece of bread, on top of the cheese. I put the sandwich together and grilled it in the same skillet until the cheese was nice and melted and the bread was golden brown and crispy.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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