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Best ever toasted ham and cheddar pan sandwich

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    Quick lunch

I have used two types of cheese in these man-sized toasties – the cheddar for its rich nutty flavour and the Havarti, which melts beautifully.

Remember, butter is your friend when making these sammies, if you want to achieve the intimate golden crust!

  • 8 thick slices toast bread
  • 50g butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 4 slices thick cut smoked ham
  • 4 thick slices Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated smoked Havarti cheese

1 Butter one side of the bread slices generously. Combine sour cream and mustard, and spread over the unbuttered side of each slice.

2 Top 4 slices with the ham and cheeses, then sandwich with remaining slices. Preheat a heavy nonstick or cast-iron pan and sear sandwich for 3-4 minutes each side over a gentle heat until well toasted and cheese begins to ooze.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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