Grilled Ham and Fontina Cheese Sandwich Recipe w/ Fresh Asparagus

Posted by Sharon

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This twist on a grilled cheese sandwich is more of a "grown up" version of the recipe, but still brings back all the memories you had eating grilled cheese as a kid. It's also very tasty when made with roasted red peppers instead of asparagus. 


  • 1-1/2 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped fine
  • 8 slices wheat bread
  • 1/2 lb. deli ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices Fontina cheese
  • 8 spears asparagus, trimmed


Place the asparagus in a saucepan filled with water. Heat the pan over medium-high heat on the stove. Steam the asparagus 4 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool to room temperature.

Mix the mayonnaise and parsley together in a small bowl. Spread each slice of bread generously with the mixture. Place a few slices of ham on four pieces of the bread. Lay 2 to 3 pieces of asparagus on top of the ham. Top with a slice of cheese. Place a slice of the bread on top.

Add a scant amount of unsalted butter in a skillet over medium heat. Grill each sandwich 2 minutes per side. When done, each sandwich should be golden brown, and the cheese should be just beginning to melt when removed from the skillet.


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