Take a break from your sandwich routine

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I don’t always think outside the lunchbox when it comes to making sandwiches.

Sure, I sometimes buy sandwich rolls for ham sandwiches or a favorite sunflower seed loaf for grilled pimento cheese, but I usually slap peanut butter, turkey or even bananas between two slices of honey wheat bread and call it lunch.

I do love variety with my sandwiches, though, and occasionally make something special.

After lunch at a restaurant in New Bern and a chance sighting of a Kraft grilled cheese recipe on Pinterest, I tried a new sandwich that I dearly love. In fact, I’ve eaten it three times in less than a week.

There are only a few ingredients in this sandwich, but they combine for a delicious mix of flavors and textures.

The sandwich starts with cinnamon raisin swirl bread that is filled with turkey or ham, American cheese and apple slices. No condiments are needed. The sandwich is slowly grilled on the stovetop in a little butter.

As the bread browns, the meat warms up and the cheese melts a bit. The American cheese I had sliced for me at the deli melted just enough to be yummy.

So what is it about this sandwich that I like so much? For starters, I love the buttery taste of the slightly-sweet toasted cinnamon bread. And the crisp apple is a good complement to the melted cheese and meat.
If you want a quick and easy lunch that’s out of your routine, give this tasty sandwich a try.

Grilled Cheese with Ham and Apples

This easy sandwich is a tasty blend of flavors and textures.

Start to finish: 10 minutes

Servings: 1

for the sandwich:

2 slices cinnamon swirl raisin bread

2 slices American cheese

1/4 apple cut in thin slices

2-3 slices ham (or turkey)

Butter for browning

Top 1 bread slice with 1 slice of cheese; cover with apples, ham, second slice of cheese and remaining bread slice.

Spread outside of sandwich with butter. (I added butter to the pan instead, maybe 1 teaspoon.)

Cook in skillet on medium heat 2 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and sandwich is golden brown on both sides.

Adapted from Kraft Foods