Ham and Swiss Sandwich

DSC_0366RECIPE #454, DAY #627


ORIGINAL RECIPE: “Classic Turkey and Swiss Sandwich” from 400 Best Sandwich Recipes, by Alison Lewis

TIMING: 10 minutes


TOOLS: Nothing special, just a cutting board and a knife (preferably a tomato knife)


HEALTH: Cured meat should be eaten in a limited fashion. However, this is a lean protein coupled with a small amount of dairy and some veggies. Mayo should be used in moderation, and a whole wheat or all-natural bread would be a step in the right direction.

DSC_0365EXPERIENCE: So, as you can see, this recipe was originally for a turkey sandwich, which sounded like a fine and normal idea. However, it really didn’t work. It begged a pork product, as well as some sort of sauce (read: mayo) to keep things from being so very dry. I changed it to ham and added mayonnaise. Now, it’s hardly a recipe, but it’s a more classic combination.

NOTES: My husband prefers that I spread mayonnaise on both slices of bread on his sandwich. Who wouldn’t right?

Pickles would also be a nice addition.

As much as this pains me to admit, I think tomatoes are the most dispensable thing on the sandwich.


  1. Set out 4 slices of crusty white, rye, or pumpernickel bread. Spread with mayonnaise and deli or German deli mustard.
  2. Top with evenly distributed 8 ounces deli ham, 4 slices Swiss cheese, 4 lettuce leaves, and 1 sliced tomato. Sprinkle tomato with salt and pepper.
  3. Top the sandwiches with 4 more slices bread.


Serve with pretzels and fruit.

LEFTOVER IDEAS: Don’t compose any sandwiches you won’t be eating that day. Save the ingredients, separately, in the fridge. Compose the next day.

*Recipe changed from the original.


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