Saturday, August 27, 2016

Grilled ham, cheddar and green apple sandwiches #recipe #mystery @abbottmysteries

From Victoria Abbott aka Victoria and Mary Jane Maffini

Last spring I had a memorably delicious sandwich on a trip to Nova Scotia.  I’ve been thinking of ways to experience it again.  This was inspired by a lunch at Oh My Cod in beautiful Mahone Bay, a terrific casual restaurant in a lovely spot. 

We were out shopping and the weather turned  wild, windy and wet. Our lunch really lifted our damp spirits and got us back in vacation mood. 

The original was a club with three slices of bread and smoked bacon.  It probably didn’t have maple syrup and Dijon, but I like them in everything.  I also wasn’t in the mood to cook bacon for the sandwich and I had the ham on hand. 

We tried this with our cheese sliced and grated. Grated melts sooo much better, but suit yourselves.  Just pick one that you like. 

At any rate, this version was a big hit around here, perfect for a rainy summer afternoon or a fall lunch.  We think we'll like it in winter too!. It’s fun to make and easy and delicious. One of these days we’ll try the club version with three slices of whole wheat bread and bacon. 

In the meantime, they tell me this one’s a keeper.  Hope you like it too! 


2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 slices 7-grain or your favorite whole grain bread (you could use sourdough too)
4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest or other deli ham
8 thin slices Granny Smith apples
4 ounces medium cheddar cheese, grated or pre-shredded
1 tablespoon butter  


Combine mustard and maple syrup. Spread maple syrup mustard mixture over the bread slices. 

Layer half the bread slices with ham and apple.


Add grated cheese.

 Top with remaining bread slices.  Melt butter in skillet or on grill. 

Toast/sauté sandwiches for five minutes on each side or until browned and cheese is melted and nicely gooey.  Oops!  This photo is from the time we made three sandwiches (adjusting the recipe).  We know you'll spot that.


This may take as little as three minutes or as many as six, but the cheese must be melty and the bread shouldn’t burn.   We put a cast-iron pan on it the second time we tested this recipe. It seemed to aid the melting process.


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  1. I love sandwiches - your recipe sounds delicious. One of our neighborhood restaurants makes a peanut butter/honey/bacon/cheese/granny smith apple grilled sandwich which is surprisingly good. My husband loves it!!!

    1. Wow, Sharon! That's sounds amazing. I am going to try it, just to see. Thanks for the suggestion. MJ/VA

  2. Another winner! Your mustard/maple syrup addition sounds inspired.

    Chester Pike's Galley in Sullivan, Maine serves one of my favorite grilled sandwiches: cheddar, thinly sliced red onion, and granny smith apple. Your mustard mix would be a great addition.

  3. That does does sound great, Libby. It reminds me that it's time I went back to Maine. Next time I drive east, I think I'll take that route. Have a great weekend and thanks for coming by. XO MJ

  4. Omigosh, this recipe reminds of autumn! Must, must, must make!!! Happy Saturday, ladies! :-)

  5. Perfect timing, fall is on it's way!

  6. Thanks, Nicole! Hope you had a great weekend! Hugs. MJ and V