Recipes Main Courses Pizza and Sandwiches Ham and Cheese Panini

Ham and Cheese Panini

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

Made with Black Forest ham and melted Gruyère cheese, these sandwiches prove that the simplest foods can be the most satisfying. Enjoy alongside a bowl of soup or a tossed green salad for a comforting lunch or supper.


  • 1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 6 oz. (185 g) thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 4 slices sweet batard, each 1/2 inch (12 mm) thick
  • 4 oz. (125 g) Gruyère cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbs. chopped fresh chives
  • 4 tsp. Dijon mustard


Preheat an electric panini press on the “panini” setting according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

In a large nonstick fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the 1 tsp. olive oil. Working in batches, brown the ham, turning once, about 1 minute per side. Transfer to a plate.

Brush the bread slices on one side with the 1 Tbs. olive oil. Turn the slices over and sprinkle 2 slices with half of the cheese, dividing evenly. Top with the ham and sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the chives. Spread the mustard on the remaining bread slices and cover the sandwiches, oiled side up.

Place the sandwiches on the preheated panini press, close the lid, and cook until the bread is crisp and the cheese is melted, about 4 minutes. Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and cut in half. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

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