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Breakfast Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Ham, Egg & Apple Butter

The mix of flavors in this breakfast sandwich meld together for a perfect bite of gooey cheese, sweet raisin bread, salty ham, egg and homey apple butter. Once served the yolk of the egg can be punctured to cover the sandwich and each forkful should add a bit of the apple butter. 
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast sandwich, grilled breakfast sandwich, ham and egg breakfast sandwich
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 Ingredients listed for one sandwich, can be multiplied for desired number of sandwich servings
Calories 422kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 slices Cinnamon Raisin Bread (gluten-free or regular; I used Udi's Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread)
  • 1 tablespoon of Unsalted Butter (optional if making the sandwich in a skillet)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup grated Aged English Cheddar Cheese (adjust the amount based on the size of the bread you are using and preferred amount of cheese)
  • 1 large Egg
  • White Vinegar
  • 1/2 inch thick slice Ham (can be custom cut in a butcher or deli department); large enough to cover the sandwich
  • Apple Butter (purchased or homemade)


Preferred method to prepare the grilled cheese sandwich:

  • In a sandwich maker with griddle plates (smooth) or using the reverse side of waffle plates, heated to 350 degrees, place on slice of the bread on the heated griddle plate, add the cheese and top with the second slice of cheese. Allow to cook until golden brown with all the cheese melted inside.
  • Alternate cooking method: using a heavy skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and place a slice of the bread in the skillet, cover with cheese, add the second slice of bread on top. Cook until the cheese begins to melt or the bottom slice of bread becomes golden brown. Carefully flip the sandwich over using a spatula and cook until the second slice of bread is golden in color and the cheese is melted.

Poaching the egg:

  • While the sandwich is cooking bring a small skillet of water to simmering. Add a splash of white vinegar to the water.
  • Carefully crack the egg and place it in a small bowl or ramekin. Slide the egg gently into the water careful not to break the yolk. Allow the egg to simmer in the water for 3 minutes, spooning some of the cooking water over the top of the egg toward the end. Remove with a slotted spatula or spoon, allowing any excess water to drain back into the pan of water.
  • Top the prepared grilled cheese sandwich with a slice of the ham and the poached egg on top. Add a dollop of apple butter to the plate and serve immediately.


The recipe described the ingredients per sandwich and can be multiplied for the number of sandwiches being prepared.


Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 224mg | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 870IU | Calcium: 263mg | Iron: 2.5mg