Good bread, ham, and cheese are all this simple sandwich needs—but slices of tomato or pear may be added to create a more delicious effect.

Open-Face Grilled Cheese Sandwich Open-Face Grilled Cheese Sandwich
This recipe is a unique twist on the childhood favorite we all know and love.
Yield: serves 1-2


  • 2 slices crusty dark country bread
  • 2 tsp. softened butter
  • 1-2 thin slices dry-cured country ham
  • 2-3 slices ripe tomato or pear (optional)
  • 1-2 slices gruyere, Comte or emmentaler cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 450º. Spread one side of each slice of bread with softened butter. Lay ham slices on each piece of bread. Lay tomato or pear slices on top of ham, if you like. Cover tomato or pear (if using) and ham with thick slices of cheese.
  2. Place sandwiches on a sheet pan and bake until cheese is melted and golden around edges, 6-8 minutes.