Creamy goat cheese, spicy jam, salty ham, and peppery arugula are combined in the best ham sandwich you’ll ever eat.
Packed with delicious fillings, this is not your ordinary ham sandwich recipe. I typically pile the fillings on a long French baguette and then slice it into small finger sandwiches. However you make this, it won’t last long.
I’ll be serving this ham sandwich for holiday get-togethers, family movie night, easy lunches, and snacks throughout the year.
This post was originally sponsored by The National Pork Board and this sandwich was inspired by my trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota a few years ago.
We’ve made this amazing sandwich so many times over the past couple of years, I wanted to share it again, to make sure you’ll have the recipe fresh in your memory and at your fingertips when you have leftover ham in the house after Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
Ham Sandwich Recipe
On our last morning in Sioux Falls, Chef Neel built a similar sandwich while we were cooking up all the different pork recipes. He called this the “best ever ham sandwich.” While I knew it would be good, I’m reluctant to ever label anything the “best” of its kind.
I took one bite and was sold. This was, indeed, the cream of the crop of deli ham sandwiches. The creamy goat cheese and savory ham were a perfect combination. A spoonful of spicy pepper jam took the whole thing to sigh-worthy heights.
I knew right away I’d be making my own Best Ever Ham Sandwich after I returned home again. The recipe I’m sharing with you today is one you’re going to want to make over and over again.
How to Make the Best Ham Sandwich
To make this ham sandwich, I followed Chef Neel’s lead and started with a fresh French baguette. I picked mine up from the bakery section at my local grocery store, but I’m sure a homemade baguette would taste fabulous as well.
After slicing the loaf in half lengthways, I spread each side with a thick layer of whipped goat cheese. Arugula and thin slices of deli ham are piled on next. The best ham sandwich is made complete with a dollop of hot pepper jelly spooned on top.
One baguette’s worth of sandwich can be sliced into sections to feed four people for a lunch. This is also the perfect party sandwich. Slice it into eight sections to serve as an appetizer!
My family can never get enough party foods and snack ideas, so this sandwich is perfect for us. I’ve made it twice now and my kids are already asking for “the fancy Ham Sandwich” again.
You can make this on classic French bread, on a baguette, on hoagie rolls, on toast, on whole grain wheat bread, the possibilities are endless here. You can make the sandwich as hearty or as light as you like simply by adjusting the amounts of each ingredient.
When I’m making these sandwiches for a quick dinner, I pile them high with plenty of ham slices. As an appetizer or party snack, I’ll be a little lighter on the meat. I love how adaptable this recipe is for any occasion.
Be warned that you just might sigh when you bite into this sweet and savory sandwich. If you’re a ham lover (or even if you’re not!) this sandwich deserves the name “The Best Ham Sandwich You’ll Ever Eat!”
I almost can’t believe I’m this excited about a ham sandwich–but I promise you it’s worth the hype. Right now, I admit I’m pretty sold on making these sandwiches just about as often as I can. I’ve got to remember to leave room for all the other great party sandwiches we like again!
For more amazing recipes for party sandwiches, I highly recommend both these Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders and these Dill Pickle Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches. I’ve also got this Cajun Cheesecake Sandwich recipe on my list of party sandwiches to try next!
I have a well-known love for ham and you can see that evidenced all over this website. Check out all of these ham filled recipes! Better Than Take-Out Ham Fried Rice is a kid-friendly favorite that’s easier and faster than take out. There’s nothing else like Ham Balls served on their own or in a Sweet and Sour Ham Ball Stir Fry. (Skeptical? I promise that once you try the ham ball stir-fry, you’ll be a fan too!)
Ham and Cheese Waffles (grab and go or drizzle with syrup at the table) and Ham and Vegetable Pasta Skillet are frequently requested by my kids. Since I started making Balsamic Dijon Glazed Ham, I haven’t made another baked ham in over five years. Ham and Cheese Biscuits and Slow Cooker Potato Ham Chowder never disappoint either.
Best Ever Ham Sandwich
Creamy goat cheese and spicy pepper jam make this the best ham sandwich recipe you’ve ever tasted. As a party food or an easy lunch or dinner, this sandwich is always a hit.
- 1 French baguette about 30-36 inches
- 6 ounces whipped or extra creamy goat cheese
- 4-6 tablespoons spicy pepper jam
- 2 ounces arugula
- 1 pound deli ham sliced very thin
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise, forming two flat halves. Spread the goat cheese on each section of bread. Layer arugula on the bottom half and then ham over the greens. Fold and crumple the ham as you layer it on the bread. Form piles of ham across the bread to create the best texture.
- Spoon the jam over the goat cheese on the top half of the bread. Close the sandwich and slice into smaller sections. Serve immediately.
If you don't happen to be a fan of goat cheese, this sandwich also works well with whipped cream cheese. However, the cream cheese won't have the same depth of flavor as the goat cheese in this sandwich.
Disclosure: I’ve partnered with the National Pork Board to share this recipe with you. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.