Scrumptious cheese and ham potato sandwich

Scrumptious cheese and ham potato sandwich

By 07/11/2014

Ever argued over potatoes? When an Italian national lives with a traditional British potato-lover this is inevitable.

When I say "potatoes are boring" I get straight back "pasta is boring".

And this is what happens after the initial excitement of: "Oh, wow I am going to eat Italian every day!". This is now replaced with "Oh God, not pasta again!".

Now the truth is that since moving to the UK I have had the best potatoes ever. You can be spoilt for choice here as there are so many varieties available of all shapes, textures and taste. I have learned in the UK how to make the best roast potatoes, the best chips ( I had no idea parboiling before frying did the trick) and the best pies with fluffy mashed potatoes on top.

So to avoid ending my marriage because of potatoes (plus I can't cope with arguments very well either) today I brought to the table this tasty potato-sandwiches which can be a good substitute to the classic jacket potato and can make a frugal and tasty lunch. They are also cute served as a side dish.

My husband was beaming. And I was happy too.

So, who is the winner, better pasta or potatoes? You tell me.


  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 60 minutes



Put the potatoes in a sauce pan and cover them with salty cold water. Bring to the boil and cook them for 40-45 minutes.

Drain and let them cool down for a few minutes then peel them. Cut the potatoes in half.

slicing potatoes

Put a slice of cheese on one slice of potato

cheese on top

Cover with the other potato half then wrap with a slice of ham.

Baked potato with ham and cheese

Sprinkle with chopped parsley, garnish with a stick of thyme, some freshly ground pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.

Serve warm.

Baked potato with ham and cheese

Baked potato with ham and cheese

I am entering this to "Cooking with Herbs"  and to "Shop Local" run by Elizabeth.

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18 Responses to Scrumptious cheese and ham potato sandwich

  1. Elizabeth

    Oooh those look so lovely! Come cook for me, pretty please! 😀 Thanks for sharing with Shop Local!

    • Alida

      My pleasure Elizabeth 😉

  2. Karen

    LOVE this recipe and thanks so much for adding it to the BIG November and December Cooking with Herbs! Karen

    • Alida

      Thank you Karen!

  3. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    Pasta is the winner in my book, Of course, but that is not to say a good potato is also a favorite of mine. Your story is so sweet. I can just see you and your hubby debate this subject. Well, you proved to him that you can still be Italian and make potatoes delicious. This recipe is so easy and awesome. Wish I could have thought of that! Well, I am going to try this on Monday night…as my sister-in-law and my nephew are coming for dinner. I think they will love this. The cheese melting out of the potato and the ham wrapped and crispy, OH this is a dish make in heaven. Thanks for sharing….have a great night and a wonderful weekend!
    Dottie 🙂

    • Alida

      Thanks, I am pleased you like it. I thought you might well be a pasta type too! That’s your Italian genes for you! 😉

  4. Louise

    Hands down Potatoes are the It for me, Alida! I’ve never been much of a pasta person but potatoes, oh my goodness, I really don’t think I could live without them. As a matter of fact, the biggest problem I’m having with my new healthy diet is my lack of mashed potatoes. I just can’t seem to eat them without butter, and lots of it, lol…Your potatoes look amazing and I am sure they are very tasty too. I’m with your hubby on this one! Of course, you can always make a nice platter of potatoes and eggs with the works and satisfy both sides of the arguement.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Alida…

    • Alida

      Oh love a knob of butter with mashed potatoes too! You can be excused for that. Potatoes and eggs are a good compromise!

  5. Catherine

    This is such a great idea and looks delicious dear Alida. Blessings, Catherine

  6. la cucina di Molly

    Adoro le patate e così farcite sono fantastiche, complimenti Alida! Buona domenica, ciao!

  7. Diana

    Hi Alida!!! This recipe looks great….I admit that I am a potato lover myself…..mashed potatoes, hash browns, crocchette di patate , baked potatoes, french fries…..yum….so obviously I cannot wait to try this one out. Hope you are doing well!

    • Alida

      Thank you Diana, all well here! Waiting to see more of your fab posts! xx

  8. Alida

    Oh I didn’t know you were married to an Englishman! Cool! You know what I mean then! 😉

  9. Elizabeth

    Beautiful! I’d be delighted if I was served these any day of the week. My tummy’s grumbling just now – I could really tuck into a helping of potatoes now! Thanks for linking up with Shop Local 🙂

  10. Simona Carini

    What a lovely idea!
    Your story reminded me of my first visit to the UK to study English: I loved the potatoes I ate then, in particular jacket potatoes.

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