You can never go wrong with a classic grilled cheese sandwich, but what if you have a lot of leftover ham? Obviously, you throw it right in and make a grilled HAM and cheese sandwich!

Yep, still working on that ham. Do you think the salt in that thing can preserve my insides? I’d say yes but hey you only live once right?


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


It’s the weekend — and we were behind in errands, so today was a sandwich kind of day (Quick and lazy meals for the win!). Although this sandwich had a bit more steps than a quick slap together sandwich, but it was the weekend so we could spare an extra few mins for that melty gooey cheesy goodness.


While I was putting this together, I had a craving for something maple so I apologize that there is no maple syrup in my ingredients image below. It was something I thought of after I took that picture.


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


Have you ever had a salty cheese sandwichΒ with a dallop of sweet? The sweetness from the maple syrup pulls the flavours all together in an all rounded complete flavour — smokey, salty, cheesy, with a touch of sweetness. If you haven’t tried it, I HIGHLY suggest you try it at least once.


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


Seriously. This is good stuff. Especially if some of the maple runs off the sandwich and gets a little caramelized with the bread.


I used a ciabatta bun, seeing as I had — oh I don’t know — 30 of them, from good ol’ Costco. Remind me again why a household of 2 needs to shop there again? πŸ™‚ Their baked goods are fantastic but if you don’t have ciabatta, any bread works just as well πŸ™‚


The shape of the bun doesn’t really have an optimal surface area for a pan to bread browning for proper crisping so I flipped the top half of the bun upside down! The more bread touching the pan, the more crispy garlicky buttery goodness!


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


Oh yes! I put garlic in the butter, because garlic makes everything better πŸ™‚ I found that when you mix the garlic in a slightly warm butter, it takes that raw garlic bite out of it. So I heated the butter in the microwave slightly (on low heat for about 20 seconds) and threw in some chopped garlic.


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


Note: While spreading butter on the outside of the buns, make sure you don’t include any of the garlic bits. The garlic will burn, which would make it taste bitter and not very tasty. Don’t worry about not being garlicky enough! The inside of the sandwich will have the garlic, and — the butter has been infused with the garlic flavour as well! πŸ™‚ Win win!


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


Let’s talk cheese. Lately, it seems that everyone’s been oohing and ahhing about the fancy cheeses. There’s no doubt the popularity of these fancy cheeses are on the rise. My local supermarket (nothing fancy) is starting to serve up hundred’s of variety of different types of fancy shmancy cheeses as well. But let’s be honest here, cheese is cheese and all cheese fancy or not is good. πŸ™‚ I opted to use smoked cheese only because I had it on hand (good ol’ Costco again), but you can use any type of cheese and the sandwich will turn out just as delicious.


Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup


After you assemble this tower of deliciousness, drizzle some maple syrup and heat it up in the pan to crisp it up and enjoy it while it’s hot and gooey!


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5 from 2 votes
Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Caramelized Onion & Maple Syrup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A garlic butter toasted grilled smoked cheese sandwich with ham, caramelized onions and a touch of sweetness from maple syrup.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Pups with Chopsticks
  • 2 cups shredded smoked cheese (or any type of cheese)
  • 2-4 slices ham
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 ciabatta buns (or any type of bread)
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
Garlic Butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 4-6 tbsp butter
  1. Grate the cheese and put aside

  2. Slice the ham and put aside

  3. Slice the onions up and caramelize in a pan with oil and some butter and put it aside to cool

  4. Slice the bread in half and put it aside

Garlic Butter
  1. Finely chop the garlic

  2. Soften the butter in the microwave on low for 20 seconds to warm it a little

  3. Add the garlic into the warm butter and mix it together. Put it aside

Sandwhich Assembling
  1. Pre-heat a pan to medium heat

  2. Spread the butter on the outsides of the bread, avoiding putting the garlic bits on (Remember to flip the top of the bun upside down if it doesn't have a lot of surface area.)

  3. Spread the butter on the insides of the bun

  4. Sprinkle on cheese on the first layer

  5. Lay out the ham in a single layer on the second layer

  6. Add the caramelized onions on the third layer

  7. Sprinkle on cheese for the fourth layer

  8. Drizzle maple syrup over the cheese

  9. Add the bread as the last layer and set it in the pan to crisp up

  10. Heat the sandwich for approximately 2 mins a side. (Make sure to check it on the 1 minute mark to make sure its not burning. If it looks brown and crisp, flip it over to the other side

  11. Enjoy while cheese is gooey and the sandwich is warm πŸ™‚

Recipe Notes

Tip: Mix the chopped garlic into slightly warm butter. This cooks the garlic slightly and takes out the sharp garlic bite.

Tip: When you butter the outside of the bread, don't include the garlic bits. They will burn during the cooking process. It will still have the garlic flavour, since the butter should have the garlic infused into it πŸ™‚



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4 thoughts on “Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Monte Cristo) with Caramelized Onions & Maple Syrup”

    1. Thanks Romain! πŸ™‚ I love sweet and salty combos, especially with browned onions! I swear I don’t ever use onions any other way now o_O haha

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