Denver Sandwich

  • Serves

    makes 2 hearty sandwiches

According to America Cooks, "early cowboys called the great-granddaddy of the Denver Sandwich 'Ham Toast'". It is also called a "Western Sandwich … in such eastern spots as New York, where it's badly imitated … with boiled ham, and garnished with lettuce and one olive; usually the pimiento is left out, and sometimes the onion". This version is the real thing, though.


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 14 lb. diced smoked ham
  • 1 small yellow onion, coarsely chopped
  • 12 small green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • 4 lightly beaten eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 thick slices of generously buttered toast (slice your own from a pullman loaf, if you can


Step 1

Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet (preferably a cast-iron one) over medium-high heat. Add ham and cook, stirring frequently, until just golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add onions and peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, 3-4 minutes.

Step 2

Pour in eggs, season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir gently. Cook until eggs are light golden brown, then use a spatula to gently cut eggs in half down the middle. Carefully flip over each half and cook until light golden brown on the second side.

Step 3

Sandwich each omelette between toast.

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