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Grilled Ham and Cheese with Pears


Up your grilled-cheese game with this popular sweet-and-savory rendition.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Everyday Food, October 2003


  • 4 slices sandwich bread
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese
  • 1 pear, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces deli ham, thinly sliced
  • Butter


  1. Layer 4 slices of sandwich bread with 8 ounces Gruyere or other melting cheese, 1 thinly sliced pear, and 8 ounces thinly sliced deli ham; top each with bread.

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Spread outside of both bread slices with butter. Cook sandwiches in batches, if necessary, until golden and cheese is melted, flipping once, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Cut sandwiches in half and serve hot.

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  • LynnPasz
    13 FEB, 2013
    This was really easy to make and I liked it but my boys did not eat it. So I only rated it 3 stars. I'd make it again for myself but will have to skip this one for the kids next time. :o(
  • MS10593083
    23 NOV, 2011
    I loved the combination of salty, sweet, creamy, and crunchy all in one bite. The grocer did not have gruyere so I substituted a good quality 4 yr aged cheddar, and a nice quality asiago bread from the baker. Will be interested to try again with the gruyere. When I make several grilled cheese like this, I use the oven...heat to broil, the key is heating the baking sheet before you put the sandwiches on, grill, flip, grill. The cheese that oozes out make s a crispy crust and less butter needed :)
  • LyndaJS
    23 NOV, 2011
    I love rye bread or pumpernickle, also use mayonnaise instead of butter ,sounds silly but lends a nice golden color to the bread.
  • EDunklin
    22 NOV, 2010
    This was so easy to make and absolutely the best grilled ham and cheese with the pear on it. Only thing is I had to wait for the pear to ripen. I didn't cook the pear and it turned out even better.
  • MS12118093
    14 SEP, 2010
    i have done this but in England we toast them under a grill first time i used a frying pan and butter no wounder Elvis loved grilled sandwiches these are to die for
  • prev_test30
    9 NOV, 2008
    this looks yummy!
  • ricson
    28 APR, 2008
    I made these as a lazy dinner for my family, they went over a treat. I cooked the pear in melted butter as Martha did on the show. YUMMY