[15] [Recipe] [xslide]

Posted by / Saturday, April 11, 2015

Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich #SundaySupper

The iconic Grilled Cheese Sandwich taken to a whole new level with this Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards.

This week Sunday Supper has teamed up with Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month because who can pass on perfectly toasted bread filled with gooey melted cheesy goodness.
They are the coziest of comfort foods that evokes nostalgic early childhood memories from the smell of the bread browning in the butter to the taste of the strings of melted cheesy goodness.
To help celebrate I decided to share our favorite Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
We just happened to take a really good thing and give it one heck of an upgrade.
It takes the iconic American Grilled Cheese Sandwich to a whole new level and just happens to be the most requested sandwich in our house.
Colt's been making this sandwich for the last few years as a lunch, quick weeknight staple or late night snack.
It's filling enough alone, served with homemade fries or perfect with a bowl tomato soup.
You just can't go wrong however you serve it.
Bacon's become a newer addition to our sandwich because everything's better with bacon and is totally optional but it does add an incredible smokiness that can't be beat.
We also started using a little mashed avocado instead of mayo for health reasons and we prefer the flavor.
If onions or pepperoncini aren't your thing just leave them out! 
The great thing about this sandwich is it can be customized however you like.
You can never go wrong with a Loaded Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

To make the sandwiches you'll need: Sliced Sourdough Bread,  Sliced Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Black Forest Ham, Cooked Bacon, Dijon Mustard, Mashed Avocado, Sliced Tomatoes, Thinly Sliced Onion, Cut Pepperoncinis and a hearty Lettuce like Romaine.
On this occasion Colt had found a White Sharp Cheddar with Habanero we added for a little kick.
We also will sometimes use pickled jalapenos instead of the pepperoncinis.
To make the sandwich smear one side of the bread with mashed avocado or mayonnaise and the other half with dijon mustard.
On both sides of the bread add Sliced Cheddar to cover bread completely.
Then on one side of the bread top with Tomatoes and Bacon.
On the other side top with Black Forest Ham, Sliced Onion and Pepperoncinis. 
To make these I like using my electric grill but a heavy duty pan works well. 
If using an electric grill heat to 375 degrees for stovetop use medium heat, you might have to adjust the heat to be hot enough to crisp the bread but not burn it and melt the cheese.
Melt butter over hot grill.
Place each half on hot grill and cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
Adjust temperature as needed to prevent burning.
Add lettuce to one side of bread and flip other half of sandwich carefully on top.
Remove from griddle and slice in half if desired.
Loaded Sharp Cheedar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich #SundaySupper
On this particular night we enjoyed our Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with a chilled glass of Gallo Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio with it's bright citrus notes it complements richness of the cheese for a red option we usually enjoy a Gallo Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon either pair perfectly with the richness of this sandwich.

Print Friendly and PDF

Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich #SundaySupper

Recipe by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich #SundaySupper
The iconic Grilled Cheese Sandwich taken to a whole new level with this Loaded Sharp Cheddar and Black Forest Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich.
Prep time: PT8M
Cook time: PT10M
Total time: PT18M
Yield: 1 Sandwich
  • 2 Slices Sourdough Bread
  • 6 Slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Slices Black Forest Ham
  • 2 Slices Crisp Cooked Bacon
  • Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 whole Avocado, Mashed
  • 2 slices Tomato
  • 1-2 slices Red Onion, Thinly Sliced (Optional)
  • Pepperoncinis
  • 1 leaf Romaine Lettuce
  • Butter For Greasing Griddle
Cooking Directions
  1. On one slice of bread spread dijon mustard and on the other side spread mashed avocado.
  2. On one side of bread layer cheese until covered, tomatoes and bacon. On the other side of bread layer cheese until bread is covered, black forest ham, red onion and Pepperoncinis.
  3. Heat electric griddle to around 375 degrees or a heavy duty pan over medium heat until hot. Grease hot griddle or pan well with butter until melted.
  4. Place each slice of bread plain side down into butter and cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown. Adjust temperature as needed to prevent burning.
  5. Once bread is brown and cheese is melted add lettuce to one side of sandwich. Flip other side of sandwich on top.
  6. Remove from grill and slice in half if desired.

For more information on Gallo Family Vineyard Wines and menu pairing ideas please visit their website For more information of store locations and purchase please click here. You can connect with The Gallo Family Of Wines on FacebookTwitterInstagram,  and YouTube

Make sure to read all the other amazing Grilled Cheese Recipes celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month! 

Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board. Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.


  1. "Loaded" is an understatment. Wow. This grilled cheese is outrageous.

  2. I want this sandwich now. Right now.

  3. What a magnificent grilled cheese! So packed full of flavor and deliciousness!!!

  4. I want to make this sandwich! I love the peppercinis on it! I love the whole thing!

  5. This is definitely loaded!! Loaded with so many of my favorite ingredients too! yummm

  6. You are not kidding when you say loaded. YUM>

  7. WOW does that sandwich look good!! I need to go shopping!

  8. Love the addition of the veggies to add a crisp, fresh contrast to the rich, gooey sammie!

  9. This looks absolutely wonderful! Love the veggies and sharp cheddar!

  10. Love this sandwich and love your photos!

  11. This looks the perfect delicious sandwich. Loved it.

  12. What a great looking sandwich. I love everything about it!

  13. omgosh!! stomach just growled!



Hi! My name is Serena and welcome to my site! I'm a wife and mother to 3. A few of my favorite things are cooking, baking, dark chocolate, family game nights, and the ocean. My biggest dislike is lima beans, please don't ask for a recipe... My husband Colt regularly joins me in the kitchen and has become the primary photographer of our site. I hope you'll join us on our fun cooking adventure!

Most Popular Recipes

[5] [Popular Recipes] [recent] [Most Viewed Recipes]
Disclaimer: posts may contain Amazon affiliate links, which earn me a small commission when you purchase. Occasionally I receive free products and/or run sponsored posts—this will always be stated clearly in the post. Thank you for your support.
Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch Copyright © 2011-2017 All Rights Reserved. Powered by Blogger.