Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pressed Ham Sandwich With Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese

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I rarely eat traditional sandwiches anymore. It’s weird. Growing up I lived off them. Always partial to mustard and cheese but truth be told, I’m not picky now and wasn’t back then. If you slapped it between two slices of bread I’d eat it as long as there was NO mayo.

I hated mayo as a child and still do to this day. I just don’t see its appeal when there are so many other flavorful sandwich spread options. I mean, it’s just white and greasy.

I know I’m in the minority so I’ll stop degrading the enormous jar of mayo I have in the fridge for The Husband who loves it in egg salad. Bleah!

Anyway, when I came home from the gym this morning I was really craving a warm, pressed sandwich. I’m not sure why but I decided to go with it and have fun.

A few weeks ago I picked up this jar of orange marmalade because it was on sale and I had a coupon.

Orange Marmalade

I figured it would be a fun addition to my pantry for stir fries or sauces but I didn’t think about it as a sandwich spread until today.

Pressed Ham Sandwich with Orange Marmalade and Cream CheeseI thought its sweetness would compliment the new Chive and Onion Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Spread from The Laughing Cow and I was right! They balanced each other out for a fun twist on a pretty straightforward pressed ham sandwich.

Here’s what I did …

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread (I used Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread)
  • 1 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 wedge of The Laughing Cow Chive & Onion 1/3 Fat Smooth Sensations Cream Cheese Wedge
  • 2 oz sliced ham
  • Small handful of raw spinach

Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Spread the marmalade on one slice of bread and the cream cheese spread on the other.

Pressed Ham Sandwich with Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Step 1

Pile on the ham and spinach.

Press the sandwich in the skillet.

Pressed Ham Sandwich with Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Step 2

Note: This is my substitution for not having a panini press and being too lazy to pull out the George Foreman.

Cook it for about 2 minutes until the bread is nice and toasted. Then flip, press again and cover.

Pressed Ham Sandwich with Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Step 3

Cook for another 2 minutes then remove from the heat, cut in half, add a side of carrot sticks and pat yourself on the back for thinking outside of the sandwich box. At least that’s what I did. ;)

Pressed Ham Sandwich with Orange Marmalade and Cream Cheese Finished!

In all seriousness, I hope this inspires you to make something yummy at home. Just like The You-Don’t-Need-to-go-out-for-a-Great-Salad Salad sometimes I need to remind myself I can make fun sandwiches and salads at home that I’d normally order at a restaurant.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 entire recipe – whole sandwich
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
307 7g 4g old: 6 new: 8
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
19g 4g 42g 23g

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    December 14, 2013

    Very creative! This sounds delicious. I love orange marmalade; what a great idea to compliment the ham and savory cheese. Thanks for sharing.