Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe


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Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches make a delicious quick, yet delicious meal the whole family will love.

Looking for more ham and cheese ideas? I think you’ll love my ham and cheese sliders, ham and cheese croissants, and my favorite easy baked ham recipe.

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How to Make Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches


Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

For this sandwich, you’ll need a loaf of French bread, smoked ham (or you can use slices of a baked ham), smoked cheese, and lettuce.

For the sandwich spread, you’ll need softened butter, Dijon mustard, onion, and Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos).

A Simple, Perfect Picnic | ©

Serve this simple hot ham and cheese sandwich on a loaf of French bread with my husband’s favorite broccoli slaw, grapes, chips, and water. Delish!

A Simple, Perfect Picnic | ©

Here’s my Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe, along with my menu for a perfect picnic.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Recipe

4.75 from 16 votes
Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches make a delicious quick, yet delicious meal the whole family will love.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1/2 pound sliced smoked ham
  • 1/2 pound sliced smoked cheese
  • 1 cup lettuce leaves

For the Sandwich Spread

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon onion, minced
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos


  • Preheat oven to 425º F. Mix together ingredients for sandwich spread in a medium bowl until well-combined. Set aside.
  • Slice loaf of French bread in half lengthwise and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Spread the inside of both halves of bread liberally with the sandwich spread.
  • Begin layering ham, cheese, and lettuce onto one half of the bread. Top with the other half of bread and place into the preheated oven for 5 minutes, or until the sandwich has heated throughout and the cheese has reached the melting point you prefer.
  • Remove from oven and slice in the middle. Then, slice each of the halves in half again until you have four pieces.


Calories: 556kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 798mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 3186IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 253mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


My Perfect Picnic Menu and Tips


Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches wrapped with parchment paper or foil to keep warm and for easier serving.

Broccoli Slaw stored in a Mason jar with a fork tied on with butcher string or wrapped in napkins.

Grapes that have been cleaned but are still on the vine for a more casual feel.

Water or Fresh Lemonade sealed tightly and packed with enough cups for your picnic-ers.


Keep it simple. Whether your picnic is a planned event or a last minute thought, keep your picnic plans simple. The less fuss, the more enjoyable it will be for you and everyone else. That tip goes for everything in life, really.

Grab a large basket and line it with fresh linens. If your basket doesn’t have a lid, utilize additional linens to cover the contents to keep everything fresh.

Stay cool. If you are traveling a distance before you’ll be eating your picnic, consider including an ice pack sealed inside of a zip top bag to keep the contents of your picnic cool.

Clean up. Remember you’ll need to keep your picnic area clean and leave it even tidier than you found it. Pack a few paper bags in the bottom of your basket to use for clean up after the picnic.

Have fun. Along with keep it simple, remember to have fun. Enjoy the fresh air, scenery, and the company during your picnic. Relish the moment!


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Recipe Review


  1. K Anne says:

    Cheese, grapes, strawberries, crackers & champagne.

  2. Debbie B says:

    i tweeted here:

  3. Debbie B says:

    turkey sandwiches,chips & cookies

  4. Gianna says:

    Fried chicken and potato salad.

  5. Denise L says:

    tweet –

  6. Denise L says:

    Hummus, kalamatas & feta cheese!

  7. margo mckeon says:

    5 stars
    I love to put potatoe salad on my kettle chips yummy!!!

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  9. Whitney says:

    I’m simple. I like a turkey sandwich, a salad, some fruit & some chips and a nice dip!

  10. Lee says:

    My perfect picnic basket would include fried chicken, potato salad and fruit salad.