Soup and sandwiches used to be my go-to lunch when we still ate wheat and dairy. The family always felt like they were getting a complete meal and I felt like I was doing my job by providing it for them. These sandwiches make a good meal when served with canned or homemade vegetable soup. Provide applesauce on the side to hit all of your nutritional bases.
If you are making these with pantry-friendly homemade bread, be sure not to slice the bread too thinly. Fried cheese sandwiches need the bread to be at least 1/2-inch thick so the cheese doesn’t ooze from the bread while it fries.
Grilled Ham or SPAM & Cheese Sandwiches
- 16 ounce canned ham or 12 ounce can of SPAM
- 4 ounces Velveeta-type cheese or canned cheese
- 12 slices bread (approximately)
- Butter or alternative of your choice
- Skillet or Griddle
Cut the ham or luncheon meat into thin slices. Do the same for the cheese. Spread each slice of bread lightly with yellow mustard. You may also spread the bread with a thin layer of mayonnaise if you like. Lay a slice of ham or luncheon meat and a slice of cheese on half of the slices of bread. Patch together the ham and cheese as needed to cover the entire slice of bread. Top the ham and cheese with a second slice of bread.
Heat the butter or alternative in skillet or griddle over a low flame. Butter flavored shortening is actually very good for this. Lay on the sandwiches and fry until golden brown on the underside. Flip and brown the remaining side, adding more fat as needed. Continue until all of the sandwiches have been fried a toasty, golden brown. Cut into triangles and serve. The cheese will be gooey; the ham will be hot and fragrant; the whole sandwich will be delicious.
If desired serve with vegetable or tomato soup. Yummy! Makes at least 6-sandwiches, more if you manage to slice the ham thinly.