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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.

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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.

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Sophisticated Grilled Cheese

  • Author: Laura
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Units Scale
  • 8 slices multigrain bread
  • 1/4 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


  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American
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This is the original photo from when this recipe was first posted in June 2009.

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A Feast for the Eyes June 24, 2009 - 9:14 am

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!

finsmom June 23, 2009 - 1:58 pm

Such an amazing looking sandwich! I really want a bite of that… 🙂

ButterYum June 23, 2009 - 12:31 pm

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

Shanna June 23, 2009 - 11:28 am

This sounds SO good! Totally making it this week!

Amber June 23, 2009 - 11:06 am

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!

MrsSal @ Domestic Pursuits June 23, 2009 - 8:15 am

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! 🙂

Maria June 23, 2009 - 6:46 am

I love brie, but don't buy it that often which is probably good! Great sandwich!