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2BW #14 ~ Camp Classics ~ Grilled Ham & Cheese

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a favorite lunch at home - but camping, they can be a quick and satisfying breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I add ham for a heartier version.

Pictured: Truly a classic that works in camp!

I start by warming the ham, white I am putting the condiments on and getting out the cheese. You can use bacon, instead, and that tastes especially great for breakfast. Roast or smoked turkey, some fig jam and thin-sliced green apples is also a winning combo.

Pictured: I like a little mayo and a lot of yellow mustard inside.

You can vary your cheeses - I tend toward sharp cheddar, but sometimes I'll also add a thicker American for creaminess. If you are a pepper jack or smoked gouda fan, experiment with your favorite.

Pictured: I'm a cheddar girl, especially thick-sliced cheese from Trader Joe's.

With the warmed ham and cheese in place on the inner condiments, it's time to add light scrape of mayo (yes, mayonnaise! I much prefer the browning qualities to soft butter) to the outer surfaces, and put back in the pan from the ham, keeping an eye on it and perhaps flipping multiple times so that it doesn't burn. 2-burner stoves even on low burn hot, and have hot spots. You and your spatula stay close. :)

Grilled Ham (or whatever) and Your Favorite Cheese

Like all Camp Classics, there's no real recipe here - just ingredients to bring!


  • 2-4 slices deli meat (your favorite) or bacon

  • Mayonnaise

  • Mustard (your favorite)

  • 2-4 slices cheese (your favorite)

  • 2 slices bread (yes, you guessed it~ Your favorite. A nice pan bread works well.)

Optional toppings:

  • Fig jam, sliced tart green apple, red onion, chutney, tomatoes... you get the idea.


  • Warm your deli meat (or cook your bacon) over med flame. Remove from heat. If there's grease left in your pan, wipe it with a paper towel.

  • Spread inner condiments of your choosing on the bread.

  • Layer bread with meat and cheese and any other items you've chosen.

  • Put your two sides together to form your sandwich

  • Get your frying pan back over medium heat and get it ready to brown your sandwich

  • Very lightly spread your outer sides with mayonnaise

  • Place in your pan, and keep checking for browning. You may want to do a little time on each side multiple times, to keep it heading toward golden brown and not burning

  • Remove, turn off your burner, and enjoy!

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