Grilled Cheese Bar: The Spaniard

Recipes in Rach’s Grilled Cheese Bar include this recipe, along with The French Onion, The BLT and Cheddar and a Croque Monsieur.

Sautéed apples add sweetness and contrast to grilled ham and cheese. Jazz up this sammie with a shot of Calvados. Delicioso!


  • Sliced peasant bread or country white bread
  • Softened butter
  • Serrano ham, thinly sliced
  • Gala or Honeycrisp apples, thinly sliced, 1 per every 2 sandwiches
  • A pinch of cinnamon
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • Salt
  • 1 shot Calvados (apple liquor)
  • Sliced mild melting cheese, such as mild cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • Thinly sliced Manchego cheese


Butter one side of sliced bread. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and crisp the ham a slice or two at a time, 30 seconds on each side, and let cool on a paper towel-lined plate. Add the butter to the skillet and sauté the apples to tender crisp. Season with a hint of cinnamon, a little nutmeg and a pinch of salt, then deglaze with Calvados.

Build the sandwiches with soft, mild melting cheese, crispy Serrano ham, apples and Manchego. Grill to golden in a skillet over medium heat covered loosely with foil, then turn and press for 7-8 minutes.

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