Sophisticated Grilled Cheese

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Usually, I like to make recipes with ingredients I usually keep on hand. But when I saw this recipe years ago, is sounded too good not to try. This sophisticated grilled cheese is more like a special occasion sandwich. This recipe came from an issue of Simple and Delicious magazine back in 2009.

I renamed the sandwich from ham and brie melt to Sophisticated Grilled Cheese. This really is a fancy version of a grilled ham and cheese. Now you don’t have to use brie cheese, but it’s so worth it. I do think you could substitute mozzarella if you must. Brie tastes good with fruit and the apricot preserves went very well with it.

Sophisticated Grilled Cheese | realmomkitchen.com
Sophisticated Grilled Cheese | realmomkitchen.com

The recipe calls for apricot preserves, but peach preserves also works just as well. As far as the ham goes, I like to use a black forest ham. It’s my favorite ham.

You can also use whatever bread you like. I really did like the extra texture and flavor that the multi-grain bread I like to buy for this sandwich. For those of you in Utah, I just purchased muti-grain bread from my local Macey’s. They have a brand they carry called Farm Bread which is fabulous. It’s available at most associated food stores.

Sophisticated Grilled Cheese | realmomkitchen.com
Sophisticated Grilled Cheese | realmomkitchen.com

Sophisticated Grilled Cheese

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings


  • 8 slices multigrain bread
  • ¼ cup apricot preserves I think I used more
  • 8 oz thin sliced deli ham I use black forest
  • 1 round (8 oz Brie cheese rind removed and cut into four slices
  • 3 Tbsp butter softened


  • Spread four bread slices with half of preserves (I just used enough to coat the bread). Layer with ham and cheese. Spread remaining bread with remaining preserves (again I just used enough to coat that piece of bread); place on top. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
  •  In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
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This is the original photo from when this recipe was first posted in June 2009.

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  2. This is a winner, and I do have all these ingredients on hand. Thanks for giving me a different way to make a non-traditional grilled cheese. I'll best this is excellent!

  3. Okay, you convinced me, I must try this yummy looking sandwich (plus, it gives me a good reason to buy some Brie).

  4. Looks so good! Yummy! Have you ever tried grilled cheese with jelly? I saw it made on Food Network and tried it the same day. Any combo of cheese and jelly works..its soooo good! I know it sounds weird..but it really is soooo good!

  5. That looks delicious! My fancy grilled cheese sandwiches typically involve mozzarella and pesto. I will have to try brie, as it's my favorite cheese! 🙂