Recipe: Copycat Grilled Ham & Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

Recently I went to a local diner in town - the Double J - and had what they called a Dixie Bell Sandwich - it was a loaded up grilled cheese with sliced ham, cheese, tomatoes and bacon - all held together with two slices of marble rye. I knew - I had to recreate this!!! 



This sandwich was easy to make and so delicious! I wondered if it might need something else but nope - it was perfection! The bacon and ham are smoky, the cheese is melty, the tomatoes are juicy and the bread adds a perfect crunch. This sandwich is so delicious! You won't ever want a plain grilled cheese again! 


What cheese goes best with ham?

Now when you're making a grilled cheese sandwich - it's key to have the right cheese. Luckily - ham is very versatile. My favorite grilled cheese is always Land O'Lakes American Cheese - no paid endorsement there - it's just my favorite!

 With ham - you could also easily go with Swiss, Cheddar or CoJack as well! If you're making grilled cheese - you can also use SHREDDED cheese - so it melts quicker. 


What goes with grilled cheese? 

This grilled cheese has a lot going on with ham, tomatoes and bacon. I actually used bacon jerky in this sandwich! (It was in my pantry - and worked great!). Here are some other sides you could have with grilled cheese: 

- Copycat Taco Johns Potato Oles

- The Best Tomato Soup

- Green Jacket Side Salad



This Copycat recipe is one you'll make time and time again! It's a Grown Up Grilled Cheese - jazzing it up with ham, tomato and bacon. I also love the marble rye - it's hearty enough to hold this juicy cheesy deliciousness! 

You can also make this in the Air Fryer - say what? Air Fryer Grilled Cheese?! Yup! You can make it in the Air Fryer or the Stovetop! 


Copycat Grilled Ham & Cheese with Tomato and Bacon

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prep time: 5 Mcook time: 8 Mtotal time: 13 M
I love a grilled cheese sandwich- but every now and then - it needs more!!! I tried this sandwich at a local diner and loved it - Grilled Cheese with Ham, Bacon and Tomato - so now I made it at home! It's everything - meaty, cheesy, melty, juicy, bacony! This is no ordinary grilled cheese sandwich.

ingredients:

  • 4 slices marble rye
  • 8 slices smoked ham
  • 8 slices Land O'Lakes American Cheese
  • 4 thin slices tomato
  • 4 slices cooked bacon
  • butter

instructions:

Air Fryer Method

  1. Butter one side of each slice of bread
  2. Lay one slice of bread butter side down in basket of air fryer
  3. Layer with 2 slices cheese, 2 slices ham, 2 slices tomato, 2 slices bacon, 2 slices ham & 2 slices cheese. 
  4. Add 2nd slice of bread - butter side up - on top of sandwich
  5. Turn air fryer to 350 degrees and cook for 4 minutes
  6. Open air fryer and flip sandwich 
  7. Cook for an additional 4 minutes 

Stovetop Method

  1. Heat skillet to medium high
  2. Butter one side of each slice of bread
  3. Lay one slice of bread butter side down in pan
  4. Layer with 2 slices cheese, 2 slices ham, 2 slices tomato, 2 slices bacon, 2 slices ham & 2 slices cheese.
  5. Add 2nd slice of bread - butter side up - on top of sandwich
  6. Press top of sandwich with spatula and when the cheese is melting (3-4 minutes) flip sandwich
  7. Press sandwich so layers melt together 
  8. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes






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