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This Ham and Cheese Loaf is made with layers of bread, ham, cheese and seasonings baked to golden perfection in the oven! This ham and cheese bread only requires 10 minutes of prep and is a great lunch idea to feed a crowd.

Ham and cheese bread ready to eat

This recipe is like crack bread or a croque monsieur, but better! You can actually slice a sandwich off the loaf or even pull it apart and get some cheese pulls. That’s what makes it fun … and delicious!

We’ve served this when the kids have friends over, but it’s also great for the adults on Game Day. Much easier than making individual sandwiches or panini!

Ingredients for a Ham and Cheese Loaf

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Sandwich Bread: You want rectangular sandwich bread, either white or wheat.
  • Ham: Use your favorite sliced ham.
  • Cheese: I recommend full-fat mozzarella and grate your own for the best melting (pre-shredded cheese has anti-caking agents that impede melting). Alternatives include cheddar, Havarti, Jack or Swiss.
  • Olive oil: Any olive oil will work.
  • Italian seasoning: An important seasoning for this recipe; you can use fine herbes or a similar blend.
  • Parsley (optional): Curly or flat-leaf parsley is optional, but creates an attractive presentation.

How to Make a Ham and Cheese Loaf

To make it, you’ll need a deep loaf pan about 9×5 inches, lined with parchment. Simply create a layered stack of bread, ham and cheese about 9 inches high and fit it snugly into the pan.

Layers of bread, ham and cheese in a loaf pan

Brush with olive oil and seasoning to keep it moist. Then top with more cheese before it goes into the oven. It should only take 20 to 25 minutes at 375°F.

The loaf is done with golden and bubbly on top, think au gratin.

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Ham and Cheese Loaf

This Ham and Cheese Loaf is made with layers of bread, ham, cheese and seasonings baked to golden perfection in the oven! This ham and cheese bread only requires 10 minutes of prep and is a great lunch idea to feed a crowd.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings

Ingredients 

  • 9-11 slices sandwich bread, white or wheat
  • 8-10 slices ham
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, or cheddar, Swiss, Jack or Havarti
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • fresh parsley (optional), chopped

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a rectangular loaf pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cut the crusts off the bread. In a small bowl, whisk together oil and Italian seasoning. Brush all slices of bread.
  • Make a stack consisting of layers of bread, shredded cheese and ham. Repeat until you have enough height to fit snugly into the pan.
  • Carefully slide the stack into the pan. Top with remaining cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 mins or until golden and bubbly. Remove from the oven and garnish with optional parsley to serve.
Nutrition Facts
Ham and Cheese Loaf
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 646mg27%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 200IU4%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 190mg19%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Author: Cindy
Course: sandwiches
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ham and cheese bread, ham and cheese loaf
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Ham and Cheese Loaf is similar to crack bread or a croque monsieur, but better! Layers of bread, ham and cheese baked in the oven to golden perfection. A great lunch idea for a crowd!