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Apple, Almond, Cheddar, & Ham Sandwich

September 29, 2014

Yep, you read that right. It’s a ham and cheese sandwich…with apple and almond butter. Grossed out? I know it sounds extremely weird, and y’all know how I like the odd recipes, but this Apple, Almond, Cheddar, & Ham Sandwich isn’t all that weird, it’s delicious! The October issue of Cooking Light had a spread (ooo, pun!) about nut butters being more than just part of PB&J’s. They took a different kind of nut butter and paired it with unusual ingredients to make a sandwich. This one is the almond butter version. I was so intrigued, that I had to make it.

Apple, Almond, Cheddar, & Ham Sandwich

So, how’s it taste?

I absolutely loved it! Their version added lettuce, but I didn’t think that was necessary since you get a fresh crunch from the apple. I used a honeycrisp, and it’s perfect for this. Sweet and tart apple, sweet and nutty almond butter, sharp Cheddar, and savory ham. I really can’t explain why, but it just works. It makes quite a hearty sandwich, too. I don’t really eat this with chips or any side because it’s so filling.

Apple, Almond, Cheddar, & Ham Sandwich

Want to know the real reason I wanted to make this sandwich? Four words: Publix. Deli. Online. Ordering. This is the best thing to ever happen to grocery shopping. Publix’s tagline is “where shopping is a pleasure” and that couldn’t be more true. (This isn’t a sponsored post.) I freakin’ love this grocery store and then they went and made it even more awesome. Order your deli items online where you can specify thickness of slice, etc. You pick the time you want it ready and when you arrive, it’s in this little fridge with your name on it and you get to bypass those poor suckers waiting in line. You don’t have to talk to anyone! Plus – I’ve discovered you can put anything in the “name” field. Time to have a little fun with that! 🙂

Yield: 1 sandwich

Apple, Almond, Cheddar, & Ham Sandwich


2 (1 oz.) whole-grain bread slices
1 tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
1/4 cup thin sliced apple (I used honeycrisp)
1 (1/2 oz.) thin sliced sharp Cheddar
1 oz. lower-sodium deli ham


1. Toast bread in toaster or toaster oven to desired level. Spread half of almond butter on one side of each bread slice.

2. Layer one slice with apple, cheddar, and ham. Top with remaining bread slice, almond butter side down.

per sandwich: 328 calories, 16g fat

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  • Sues September 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

    I love “weird” combinations like this. I never would have thought of it, but think it sounds awesome!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice September 29, 2014 at 7:35 am

    This sandwich sounds amazing, Leah! Definitely not weird at all. I think the apple slices and almond butter go perfectly together! Sounds like a great lunch to me!

  • Amber September 29, 2014 at 10:06 am

    This looks yummy. My favorite part of this post is “You don’t have to talk to anyone!” Some days need that.

    • Leah Short September 29, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Ba ha ha! Only because when I’m grocery shopping I’m usually sans makeup and wearing my lounge clothes, so I don’t want to chit chat!

  • Dannii+@+Hungry+Healthy+Happy September 29, 2014 at 10:40 am

    I LOVE that you have put almond butter in this. I am all about the “weird” food combos.

  • Natalie+@+Tastes+Lovely September 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I love this! I love salty and sweet and savory all mixed together. And the apple will give the sandwich a great crunch. Sounds deeelish!

  • Maggie September 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Not weird at all! It’s like the pizza with ham and pineapple toppings, sometimes the salty and sweet ingredients just go well together, and become extremely tasty with melt cheese! I’d definitely want to try out this one. Also sounds like a great idea for packing my lunch 🙂

  • Shannon+@+Bake.+Frost.+Repeat.. September 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Looks fab. And that’s an awesome pic, btw. 🙂

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! September 29, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    LOVE! I’m very excited about trying this. Our apples taste amazing right now and I love crunchy things on a sandwich – definitely making this. Thanks for sharing, friend!!

  • Denise | Sweet Peas & Saffron September 29, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    What an unusual flavor combination, I’m totally intrigued! Going to have to try it!

  • Kelly - Life Made Sweeter September 30, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Sweet and salty is my favorite so I would totally don’t find this weird at all:) I love adding apples in quesadillas too. Can’t wait to try this combo with almond butter! Sounds fantastic!

  • Phillip || SouthernFATTY.com October 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Can we paaaleasssse form a sandwich club? Love it!

  • Cailee+@+http://hellohealthyeating.com October 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Wow!! This is unexpected!! But I do love salty and sweet! …plus it’s so fun to try out new things!! Lovely recipe girl!

  • mary+@+minutes+per+mile October 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

    pubclix is the bomb! and so is anything with cheese and apples. almond butter sounds like a funky addition!

  • Isadora+@+she+likes+food October 3, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I love your pun, haha! I just made some grilled cheese sandwiches with cheddar and apple! I wish I would have seen this before and added the almond butter. It does sound a little strange at first, but I think it totally makes sense! I eat almond butter sandwiches all the time, so next time I will have to throw some cheese on there!