Ham Egg and Double Cheese Melts #SundaySupper

The perfect breakfast sandwich, Ham Egg and Double Cheese Melt a lower calorie copycat recipe from IHOP.

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Ham Egg & Cheese Melt - Healthy fun breakfast you can make ahead and freeze

During spring break, we visited my grandparent’s in North Carolina.  We’ve been doing it for a couple of years now.  Top on my daughter’s list of things to do was to go to IHOP for lunch.  For some reason, she remembered enjoying it so much and couldn’t wait to go back.  This topped the Aquarium.  I have to admit, I am not sure why.  As restaurants go, IHOP would not be on my list at all.  I reluctantly went for lunch.  Perusing the menu and looking for something healthy, I settled on a Ham Egg and Cheese Melt.  Healthy?  No, it just sounded delicious, and it was.  It was really good.  In fact, it was so good I had everyone taste it.  We all loved it.  Why was I so reluctant?  Silly, silly.  I would go back in a heartbeat.

I put a Ham Egg and Cheese Melt on my very long list of foods to lighten.  When we got home I decided to give it a whirl.  Lightening it was easy, what I struggled with was how to cook the eggs so they stayed neatly on the bread.  Scrambled eggs would fall apart.  An omelet would be round from the pan and wouldn’t fit nicely on the bread.  The easy solution was baking the eggs.  Why, oh why, was I so slow to make eggs this way.  It certainly isn’t some great invention.  The Spanish and Italians have been making frittatas for years.  It worked brilliantly.  The best part, I can make a large batch of eggs to make breakfast sandwiches to feed a crowd.  Next time I have a lot of overnight guests, they are getting a baked omelet for breakfast.

Ham, Egg & Cheese Melt - Healthy fun breakfast you can make ahead and freeze

I cut the baked eggs into four squares and they fit perfectly on some multi-grain bread.  With some low-sodium ham or even some leftover ham from Easter, these were a snap to make.  Next I used some ultra-thin cheese, and two different types of cheese.  A Ham Egg and double cheese melt, oh yes.  We ended up eating breakfast for dinner with these sandwiches.  Next time I made them, I put them together and froze them.  Now I have Ham Egg and Cheese Melts in the freezer.  Love that, plus I have wonderful memories of a delicious lunch at IHOP with my husband, daughter and grandparents.  Could anything be better?

Ham, Egg & Cheese Melt - Healthy fun breakfast you can make ahead and freeze

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Ham Egg and Double Cheese Melts #SundaySupper

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 410 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 egg whites or 6 tbsp. egg substitute
  • 2 tbsp . reduced fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp . kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp . fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 tsp . reduced fat butter
  • 4 slices ultra thin cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices ultra thin swiss cheese
  • 8 oz . sliced ham

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350•. Spray an 8 x 8 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk, salt and pepper. Pour into the baking dish. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the eggs are completely cooked.
  3. Place bread on a work surface. Butter each slice on one side only with 1 tsp. butter. Turn the bread over so the side without butter is up.
  4. Place cheddar slices on four pieces of bread.
  5. Place sliced ham on top of cheddar cheese.
  6. Cut the eggs into four equal parts and place on top of ham.
  7. Then top with swiss cheese.
  8. Place the unbuttered side of the bread on top of the swiss cheese.
  9. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  10. Add the sandwiches and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Cook until cheese has melted and bread is golden brown.

Recipe Notes

I calculated  11 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Ham Egg and Double Cheese Melts #SundaySupper
Amount Per Serving
Calories 410 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 30g 60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating, Christie

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Comments

  1. Charlotte Moore says
    My husband would like this.
  2. Love how you baked the eggs in a square pan to make them fit the sandwich! Perfect meal and I bet better than IHOP!
  3. I'd honestly be hesitant about ordering this at any restaurant, but I'd happily gobble up your homemade version! It looks marvelous!
  4. Such a simple idea and yet never crossed my mind. This looks so good.
  5. Baked eggs is such a great idea for this sandwich! It looks amazing, definitely going to try this!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Teri. Baking the eggs worked so well and can lead to so many other delicious recipes.
  6. My daughter and her boyfriend go to Ihop every Sunday. I am sure one of them has had this delicious sandwich. I love that I can make great restaurant dishes at home.
  7. If I could be candid for a moment, IHOP isn't one of my favorite restaurants either. Now I can avoid it altogether with this dish! I'm glad you've made it healthier.
  8. Wait, IHOP Has more than pancakes?! ;-) This sandwich would be a hit in my household. I've never tried baking eggs before either, great idea.
  9. Love breakfast sandwiches!
  10. Oh yum, I love ham, egg and cheese melts, your lightened up version sounds wonderful, I would love one for lunch today!
  11. What a fun looking sandwich, I can totally see making these ahead and making them for breakfasts!
  12. I love love love IHOP, but I'm definitely in the minority in the house, so I don't get it often :( This is something that I would definitely make here at home and I don't think I'd get any complaints.
  13. These look great! I think even my most picky eater would happily enjoy this for breakfast.
  14. Ooo, my kiddos will love these! Cheese melts are their favorite!
  15. I absolutely love your lightened up version of this melt! I do the same thing and "healthify" whenever I can and I am a big fan of your blog; definitely my style of cooking! Love it!
  16. Okay seriously, any kind of grilled cheese sandwich is heaven to me!
  17. Breakfast sandwiches are the BEST! Perfect for dinner!
  18. We are big fans of breakfast sandwiches such as this one. They are so comforting! I love baking the eggs as you did here. They turn out perfect for sandwiches! Love the photos too!!

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