Pineapple and Ham Grilled Cheese Sandwich on Hawaiian Bread {recipe}

Hawaiian Grilled Cheese

April is National Grilled Cheese Month, so we’re celebrating by posting a grilled cheese sandwich every day. This Grilled Cheese no. 4. See all of our grilled cheese sandwiches >> here << .

Ham and pineapple is going to be on a lot of tables this weekend, so we decided to melt that combination into a Grilled Cheese Sandwich…

Hawaiian bread rolls
Obviously we had to use soft, sweet Hawaiian bread because though pineapple+ham is a classic combination on, say, an Easter dinner table, we always think of pineapple and ham as “Hawaiian” (as in pizza). Though we’ve seen Hawaiian bread in different shapes and sizes, we’re most familiar with the small rolls so that’s what we used. Plus, we love the idea of any thing mini.

Initially, we beheaded the rolls of their “burger-y” tops to give them more of a sandwich bread feel, but in the end, we just stuck with using the rolls as is. Because the bread is so airy and soft, when you grill it, the rolls flatten out quite a bit.
Hawaiian grileld cheese
We used sliced ham from the deli because these Hawaiian Grilled Cheeses are so small. A thick slice of ham cut from a whole or half baked ham would have been too bulky, but when you have leftover ham this weekend, just shred it or slice it super thin.

The pineapple is fresh, and also sliced fairly thin.
Hawaiian grilled cheese

by Sarah J. Gim on April 4, 2012 · 13 comments

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Thyme (Sarah) April 4, 2012 at 7:15 pm

That is one drool worthy sandwich! Oh, it just looks so delicious.


Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 5, 2012 at 4:10 am

Now that would be a tasty sandwich!


Lauren April 5, 2012 at 4:22 am

Wow, it looks and sound SOoo mouth watering, and SOoo adorable.


Kristi April 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

I would love to make these! What kind of cheese did you use?


paulette wrightson April 6, 2012 at 10:32 am

where is the recipe for the Hawaiian Grilled Cheese Sandwich?????


PT Turner April 26, 2012 at 7:45 am

I CANNOT wait to try this recipe!!!


Madeleine July 12, 2012 at 2:29 am

This reminds me of the German “Hawaii Toast” that a lot of folks eat. Slice of toast, smeared with a bit of ketchup, then a slice of ham, a slice of pineapple, and covered in a slice of cheese. This is baked in an oven until the cheese melts.


m August 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm

hi! what kind of cheese is this ?


theresa September 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Several people have asked and you haven’t replied. What kids of cheese did you use? What is the recipe? Not a very informative site you have here.


Sarah J. Gim September 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

kristi, m, and theresa: my apologies for not answering sooner! I used a basic mozzarella cheese (so that it truly is kind of like a Hawaiian pizza I guess!)

although any kind of mild, melty cheese would work here. in fact, now that i think about it, a pepper jack (with jalapeno peppers) would be AWESOME for adding a little bit of a kick!

theresa September 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

what kinds of cheeses….


theresa September 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I used gruyere and coated each with just a little bit of olive oil. They turned out great.


David February 9, 2013 at 5:39 am

Gruyere or havarti both worked very nicely


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