Soups and Sandwiches

Last Editorial Review: 6/11/2007


French-Style Ham & Cheese Sandwich


  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced (red or white onion can be substituted)
  • 2 teaspoons light pancake syrup (optional)
  • 4 slices of your bread of choice (sourdough, French, whole grain, or even a white or wheat flour tortilla)
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced extra lean ham (honey ham, maple, or other flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons whipped light cream cheese (light cream cheese can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese, firmly packed


  1. Add olive oil to medium nonstick frying pan and begin to heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute, stirring often, until onion is nicely browned and caramelized (about 4 minutes). Drizzle pancake syrup (if desired) over the top and stir into the onions. Set aside to cool.
  2. Toast bread slices if desired. Top two of the slices with the ham slices and spread the caramelized onions over the ham. Then spread a tablespoon of the cream cheese over the remaining two slices. Sprinkle shredded Gruyere cheese evenly over the top of the cream cheese.
  3. Place all four slices until the toaster oven broiler (or regular broiler) and broil, watching carefully, until the Gruyere cheese is starting to bubble (about 3-4 minutes). Place the slices with the cheese over the slices with the ham and onions. Cut each sandwich on the diagonal and serve!

Makes 2 sandwiches

Nutritional Information:
Per sandwich (using whole wheat bread): 377 calories, 25 g protein, 32 g carbohydrate, 15.5 g fat, 7 g saturated fat, 60 mg cholesterol, 4 g fiber, 997 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 37 percent.

© 2007 WebMD Inc. © 2006 Elaine Magee

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