Deutsch: Offenes Schinken-Käse-Sandwich / Español: Sándwich de jamón y queso abierto / Português: Sanduíche aberto de presunto e queijo / Français: Sandwich ouvert au jambon et fromage / Italiano: Panino aperto con prosciutto e formaggio

An Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwich in the food context refers to a type of sandwich where a single slice of bread serves as the base for layered ingredients, in this case, ham and cheese, without a top slice of bread covering it. This dish is distinguished by its presentation and the way it is consumed, often with utensils rather than being eaten by hand like traditional sandwiches. The open-faced nature allows for more creative topping arrangements, and the cheese is typically melted under a broiler or grill, resulting in a warm, gooey texture that complements the savory ham.


Open-faced sandwiches offer a versatile platform for a variety of toppings and are popular in many cuisines around the world. The ham and cheese version is a classic combination, appreciated for its simplicity and comforting flavors. The dish can be further enhanced with additional ingredients like tomatoes, pickles, or mustard, and spices or herbs for extra flavor.

Application Areas

Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are commonly enjoyed in various settings, including:

  • Breakfast or Brunch: Served as a hearty start to the day.
  • Lunch or Light Dinner: Accompanied by a side salad or soup for a fuller meal.
  • Snacks: A quick and satisfying option between meals.

Well-Known Examples

While the Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwich itself is a specific dish, the concept of open-faced sandwiches includes a wide range of variations, such as:

  • Smørrebrød: A traditional Danish open-faced sandwich with various toppings on rye bread.
  • Tartine: The French version of an open-faced sandwich, often made with baguette slices.


A basic recipe for an Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwich involves:

  1. Ingredients:

    • 1 slice of bread (your choice of type)
    • 1-2 slices of ham
    • 1 slice of cheese (such as Swiss, cheddar, or Gruyère)
    • Optional toppings: tomato slices, mustard, pickles
    • Butter (for spreading on the bread)
  2. Preparation:

    • Preheat your oven's broiler or a toaster oven.
    • Lightly butter the bread and place it on a baking sheet.
    • Arrange the ham slices on the bread, followed by any additional toppings you like.
    • Top with a slice of cheese.
    • Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, watching carefully to avoid burning.
    • Serve immediately, optionally garnished with fresh herbs or a sprinkle of paprika.

Treatment and Risks

Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are generally safe and suitable for most diets, but attention should be paid to the ham and cheese's sodium content. Those with dietary restrictions related to sodium or dairy intake should adjust the ingredients accordingly.

Similar Terms or Synonyms

  • Grilled Ham and Cheese Open Sandwich


Open-Faced Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are a delightful variation of the traditional sandwich, featuring warm, melted cheese over ham on a single slice of bread. This dish is beloved for its open presentation, allowing each component's flavors to shine through, making it a versatile choice for any meal of the day.


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