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Inside-Out Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Inside-Out Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches FOOD & WINE Wine Club Inside-Out Grilled Ham-and-Cheese Sandwiches
The best way to improve on a great grilled cheese is to sprinkle cheese on the outside of the bread, creating an incredible crust.
Servings: 4
Active Time:
Total Time: 7 minutes
Ingredients
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
8 slices of bakery Pullman bread
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 pound sliced Swiss cheese, preferably Gruyère
8 ounces thinly sliced ham
Dill pickle slices (optional)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup apricot preserves
Directions
Butter each slice of bread and sprinkle with Parmigiano, pressing to help it adhere. Invert the slices onto a work surface, cheese side down. Top 4 of the slices with the Swiss cheese, ham and pickles. Mix the mustard and preserves and spread on the remaining 4 slices of bread. Close the sandwiches and griddle over moderate heat, turning, until golden, crisp on the outside and melted inside, about 3 minutes. Cut in half and serve right away. —Grace Parisi