Cheesy Apple-Ham Melts


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Cheesy Apple-Ham Melts

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    Savory, meaty bacon, pickled apple slices and creamy Fontina cheese elevate the classic grilled cheese sandwich to a new level.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 8
    2 medium Granny Smith apples, , cored and cut into ¼-in.-thick slices
    ½ c. water
    ½ c. Gustare Vita white wine vinegar
    2 tsp. Hy-Vee granulated sugar
    8 slice(s) Hy-Vee sweet smoked thick-sliced bacon
    8 (1/2-in.) slices Hy-Vee Bakery San Francisco sourdough bread
    4 tbsp. Gustare Vita olive oil
    4 tbsp. apple butter
    8 oz. Hy-Vee Deli thinly sliced Black Forest smoked ham
    4 slice(s) Hy-Vee sliced sharp Cheddar cheese
    2 c. shredded Fontina cheese

    Things To Grab

    • Medium heatproof bowl
    • Small saucepan
    • Large nonstick skillet
    • Paper towels
    • Large rimmed baking pan
    • Aluminum foil


    1. Place apple slices in a medium heat-proof bowl; set aside. Stir together water, vinegar and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Pour over apple slices. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

    2. Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Discard bacon drippings; wipe skillet clean.

    3. Heat the same skillet over medium heat. Brush each side of bread with 1/2 Tbsp. oil. Cook bread slices in batches for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly toasted on both sides, turning halfway through.

    4. Place oven rack 6 in. from heat; preheat broiler to HIGH. Line a large rimmed baking pan with foil.

    5. Place toasted bread slices, in a single layer, in prepared baking pan. Spread apple butter on 4 bread slices; layer with ham, bacon and Cheddar cheese. Drain apple slices; arrange on remaining 4 bread slices and top with Fontina cheese.

    6. Broil topped bread slices for 2 to 3 minutes or until cheeses are melted and begin to bubble. To assemble sandwiches, invert Cheddar-topped bread slices and place on top of Fontina-topped bread slices. Cut each in half to serve.

    Nutrition facts


    420 Calories per serving

    Amounts Per Serving

    • Total Fat: 25g
    • Cholesterol: 65mg
    • Sodium: 910mg
    • Total Carbohydrates: 28g
    • Protein: 20g

    Daily Values

    Iron 6%
    Calcium 25%
    Vitamin D 0%
    Potassium 2%