Ham and Cheese Sticks Recipe

These dippers make classic ham and cheese sandwiches extra fun!

Make your classic grilled ham and cheese sandwiches extra fun by serving it with a tomato dipping sauce. We snuck in some good-for-you carrots to sweeten the homemade tomato sauce.

Ham and Cheese Sticks Recipe

Roselle Miranda
These dippers make classic ham and cheese sandwiches extra fun!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sandwiches
Cuisine French, Others
Servings 4


Ham and Cheese Sticks Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter softened, divided
  • 1 Small red onion peeled, chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic peeled, chopped
  • 1 250 gram pack sweet tomato sauce
  • 1/2 Cup fresh milk
  • 8 slices bread crusts removed if desired
  • 8 slices Cheese
  • 4 slices sweet ham
  • Salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste


  • In a small stockpot over medium heat, melt 2 Tbsp. butter. Sweat onion until translucent, then add garlic and carrot. Cook until softened and aromatic. Add tomato sauce. Stir. Remove from heat.
  • Pour mixture into a blender or mini food processor. Cover; puree until smooth. Return to the pot. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil then simmer until thickened. Set aside.
  • Spread butter on both sides of the bread slices. Top 4 bread slices with 1 cheese slice each. Layer with ham then remaining cheese. Top with remaining bread slices.
  • Heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. Grill sandwiches, pressing down with a spatula, until browned on both sides and cheese is warm enough to melt. Remove from heat, and using a bread knife, slice each sandwich into four. Serve with tomato dip. Recipe originally published in the October 2016 issue of Good Housekeeping.
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