Turkey, Ham and Cheddar Apple Sandwiches Without Bread

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An Apple Sandwich without bread is a fun and healthy lunch idea, especially for kids. A tasty option whether someone took the last slice, you are looking for an easy gluten free sandwich, or want something different. And it’s so easy you don’t even really need a recipe. Just go breadless with a classic combination when you make Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwiches.

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For a long time, this blog was not just recipes but also a record of what was going on in my life. As the focus of my business has changed, readers’ expectations have changed, and demands of the Google gods have changed, so have my blog posts.

Now I really just focus on the background of the recipe, why I am convinced you should make it, and helpful information to ensure it’s easy and delicious.

But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that, as I write this post, we are in the midst of one of the craziest times the world has ever seen. Let me just say I hope you are all well and leave it at that for now.

And one of the craziest side effects of current circumstances is the lack of, amongst other things, bread on the grocery store shelves.

I have been putting an Apple Sandwich in my kids’ lunches for ages. I’ve actually had these photos on my computer for about two years. Yet I never posted it.

It’s like I was waiting for this exact moment.

Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwiches on a plate with baby carrots

How to make a sandwich without bread

Sure, there are plenty of options, like rolls, wraps, and even English muffins. But if you want a wheat-free alternative and aren’t a fan of gluten free bread, then apple slices make perfect little sammies.

They are firm enough to hold in the fillings, but not to hard that you can’t chomp right into it. And the crisp, sweet apple is actually a great flavor and texture contrast to your basic deli meats and cheese, like turkey, ham and cheddar.

Kids love making and eating them. And while I am telling you about one of the most basic combinations, I do share some variations below. Or let your imagination and tastebuds be your guide.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Mustard – I like the contrast of a nice spicy brown mustard, but you can use dijon, yellow, or even honey mustard.
  • Deli meat – I used turkey and ham, but you can just use one or the other
  • Cheese – slice some sharp cheddar or use deli slices of American or your favorite that you’ve cut into squares

Directions

  1. Turn an apple on its side and cut it into slices about one-quarter to one-half inch thick.
  2. Using a knife, apple corer, cupcake corer, or back of a large icing tip, cut out the core of each slice. If you have a corer, you can do this before you cut the slices.
  3. Spread mustard on one of the slices, top with one folded up piece of turkey, one folded up piece of ham, and a couple of slices of cheddar cheese from a block or a slice of deli cheese cut into quarters.
  4. Top with another apple slice.

Depending on the size of the apple, you can get two, or possibly three little apple sandwiches out of it, and you can always cut the rest into slices to snack on.

Holding an Apple Sandwich with Cheese, Ham, and Turkey slices

Brianne’s pro recipe tips

Useful tools

The “hardest” (if you will) part of making apple sandwiches is cutting and coring the apples. So here are a few options:

  • Apple corer – if you have one of these, you can cut out the entire core before cutting it into slices.
  • Paring knife – not the best option because it can be more dangerous and you don’t get a perfectly round hole (though that’s just about appearance, not taste). But you can just cut ut the core after you cut the slices.
  • Cupcake corer – this does work for cutting the core out of the individual slices, but it can break the apple rounds.
  • Large frosting tip – use the back of one of these decorating tips, because the thin metal will cut right through the apple.

Variations

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Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwich Recipe

Stack up apple slices with your favorite deli meat and cheese for an easy, healthy, and tasty alternative to sandwiches without bread. A great option when you can’t get your hands on a loaf, or a breadless gluten free lunch idea.

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No Bread Sandwich on apple slices with turkey, ham and cheese on a green plate

Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwiches

Pack a Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwich for a fun, healthy lunch idea. Sandwiches wthout bread are a tasty change and a naturally gluten free option.
Prep: 5 mins
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • one medium apple
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 2 slices deli turkey
  • 2 slices cheddar cheese or American cheese

Instructions

  • Turn an apple on its side and cut it into slices about one-quarter to one-half inch thick.
  • Using a knife, apple corer, cupcake corer, or back of a large icing tip, cut out the core of each slice. If you have a corer, you can do this before you cut the slices.
  • Spread mustard on one of the slices, top with one folded up piece of turkey, one folded up piece of ham, and a couple of slices of cheddar cheese from a block or a slice of deli cheese cut into quarters.
  • Top with another apple slice.
  • You'll get about two sandwiches from one apple, and can cut the rest of the apple into slices for snacking.
Nutrition Facts
Turkey, Ham and Cheese Apple Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 964mg40%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 284IU6%
Calcium 204mg20%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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