This is my new favorite sandwich!! The sharpness of the cheese, the salty ham, the sweet pears, and the crunchy bread...yum...yum!! This is so easy to make and you can vary each sandwich to suit your own tastes. Take out the ham, or use apples instead of pears, use gouda instead of cheddar. You get the idea. Now please go make yourself a ooey, gooey sandwich!
Grilled Cheese with Ham and Pears on Sourdough
2 slices of good quality sourdough bread
Enough thinly sliced sharp cheddar cheese to cover one slice of bread
Red pear cut, cored, quartred and thinly sliced. I use 3-4 slices.
1 thin slice of black forest ham
Heat a cast iron pan over medium heat until warm. While the pan is warming assemble your sandwich. Lay a piece of bread on a cutting board add your cheese, ham and pears in that order. Add a little bit of butter to your warm pan. How much butter you use is determined by how big your pan is. The butter will brown and toast the bread. So don't add too little or too much. Otherwise butter each slice of bread on one side before you assemble your sandwich Use which ever method works better for you.
Place your assembled sandwich in your warm pan. Turn the heat to medium low. Cook the sandwich on one side until the cheese is mostly melted and the bread is golden brown. Turn the sandwich over and cook until the cheese is completely melted and the bread is golden. Transfer to a plate cut in half if you like and enjoy!
Makes one sandwich