Grilled Ham and Cheese on Guinness Bread

A delicious grilled cheese sandwich made with Black Forest ham, cheddar cheese, capers and dijon mustard. The beer bread adds an incredible flavour to this sandwich!

Grilled ham and cheese sandwich cut in half and stacked.

Grilled cheese sandwiches make regular appearances in our house. We all love them, but I always add extra things to mine. Sometimes it is a slice of meat, other times it is pickled jalapeno peppers, and still others it is kalamata olives.

If you want to make a good grilled cheese, you need good cheese and good bread. Maybe you like Wonder bread with Kraft Singles. Not me. I like a good artisan bread and high quality cheese.

Holding a grilled cheese sandwich.

One of my favourite homemade breads is this Guinness Bread. It is dense, packed with flavour and perfect for a grilled cheese. Also, the bread can handle a strong cheese like an extra-sharp cheddar. Add some black forest ham, capers as well as dijon mustard and you have a sandwich you will remember for a long time!

Ingredients for the grilled cheese sandwich on a cutting board.

Ingredients You Will Need

Here are the ingredients used for this grilled cheese sandwich.

  • Guinness Breadany beer bread will work great for this sandwich. Almost any type of bread (white, whole wheat, etc.) will be good as well.
  • Butterwhile I prefer to use butter, margarine will also work just fine.
  • HamI use Black Forest ham lunchmeat slices.
  • Cheddar Cheesethis type of grilled cheese is great with old or extra old cheddar, but mild and medium work also.
  • Capersadding capers adds a really nice flavour to this sandwich.
  • Dijon Mustardany mustard will work, but dijon is ideal.

A slice of bread with ham, cheese and capers on a frying pan.

How To Make a Grilled Cheese

Spread butter on one side of a slice of beer bread and dijon mustard on the other side. Place it on a cold frying pan before the heat is turn on.

Evenly spread half of the grate cheese followed by the ham and then spread the remaining cheese on top. Place the capers on the cheese.

Spread the butter on one side of the remaining slice of bread and dijon on the other side. Place on top of the sandwich with the buttered side facing outside.

Grilled cheese starting to cook on a frying pan.

Turn on the heat to medium. Let the sandwich cook. The butter will melt on the bread and toast it. After a few minutes, gently lift one corner of the sandwich up to see how browned the bread has gotten. Once it is toasted and golden brown, Flip the sandwich over.

Expert Tip: Flipping the grilled cheese can be a treacherous task as the grate cheese and capers can fall out. I lift it and flip is carefully, often holding the top side will one hand ensuring everything stays inside.

Grilled cheese finished cooking and ready to come out of the pan.

Once flipped continue to cook until toasted and golden brown on the other side. Since the frying pan is already nice and hot, this side will toast much sooner. 

If the cheese isn’t melted, turn the heat down to a low or medium low. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes, even flip again if needed. 

After the bread is nice and golden and the cheese is melted, the sandwich is ready to come out of the frying pan. Cut it in half and serve it warm!

Grilled ham and cheese sandwich on a cutting board.

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Beer Bread

Grilled ham and cheese sandwich on a cutting board.
5 from 1 vote
A grilled cheese sandwich made with Guinness bread. The sandwich has ham, cheddar cheese, capers and dijon mustard.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 slices beer bread
  • 3-4 slices ham
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard


  • Spread butter on one side of each slice of Guinness bread and spread dijon mustard on the other side.
  • Make the sandwich with the ham, cheese and capers in the slices of bread with the butter facing out.
  • Grill the sandwich on a skillet or griddle over medium heat until golden brown and the cheese is oozing out.
  • Serve hot.

Note: This was originally posted in 2012 but updated in 2022 with new information


Grilled ham and cheese sandwich cut in half and stacked.

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  • Yuuuum, Steve! I love grilled cheese and this looks so perfect for me. The bread is a winner too!

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  • Because grilled ham and cheese wasn’t already tasty enough you added it to Stout BREAD? You’re my hero.

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  • Grilled cheese on guinness bread…oh ya that has to be good.

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  • Sometimes – or, rather, often, simple is best. I want that sandwich!

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  • Gosh, that gooey cheese sold me! What a delicious sandwich. Now off to check out your bread recipe 🙂

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  • You are making me wish the guinness bread I had made was in a sandwich-friendly loaf size.

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  • Definitely 10 steps up from a simple grilled cheese sandwich!

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