A ham sandwich is a simple pleasure, stacked high with lots of ham, lettuce, tomato, and cheese. We add a tangy honey mustard for the perfect bite.

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Ham Sandwich Additions

Ham – Sliced deli ham comes in a variety of flavor profiles like maple glazed, Black Forest, Hot Honey, and Mortadella. But one of our favorite ways to enjoy a ham sammie is to use leftover holiday ham because you can slice it as thin or as thick as you like!

Spread – To balance ham’s salty flavor, we love a good homemade honey mustard sauce.

Bread – Rye is an excellent bread for ham sandwiches because it’s dense and sturdy and adds loads of flavor. Sourdough, pumpernickel, wheatberry, whole wheat, homemade white bread, Hawaiian rolls for sliders, or even a croissant split in half makes an excellent carrier for these tasty sandwiches.

Cheese – Swiss cheese is a tangy complement to salty ham, but a slice of American cheese, Havarti, Gruyere, or Provolone will also taste great!

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Toppings for Ham Sandwiches

Besides crispy lettuce and juicy tomatoes, nearly anything can go on a ham sandwich! If holiday leftovers are already ‘gobbled’ up, try topping your sandwich with a fried egg, sliced avocados, or pickled red onions.

Leftover turkey, cranberry sauce, and even a scoop of leftover stuffing can be piled high on a ham sandwich!

PRO TIP: Make an open-face baked sandwich by topping the sandwich with ham and tomato and topping it with extra cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Best Way to Store a Sandwich

For ham sandwiches that look and taste as good as freshly made, the best way to store them is to wrap them in parchment paper since it absorbs moisture, unlike plastic wrap or baggies. Wrap it once, slice it, and then wrap it again, if desired. This keeps the sandwiches intact and dry.

Ham Sandwich cut in half

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Our Favorite Ham Sandwich

Make this ultimate ham sandwich using holiday leftovers for an easy lunch or on-the-go dinner!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
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For the honey mustard

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey

For the sandwich

  • 4 slices rye bread grain bread, or Artisan bread
  • 8 ounces sliced ham leftover or deli sliced
  • 2 ounces Swiss or marble cheese slices
  • 1 medium tomato sliced
  • 4 pieces leaf lettuce


  • Combine the mayonnaise, mustard, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Lightly toast the bread if desired and spread the honey mustard over one side of each slice.
  • Place the cheese on two slices of the bread, top with ham, tomato slices and lettuce. Top with the remaining two slices of bread and cut sandwich in half.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 724 | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 2045mg | Potassium: 623mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 924IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 323mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Ham, Lunch
Cuisine American
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