It’s no secret that a great ham sandwich is a work of art. But what’s the secret to taking your sandwich from good to great? The answer is the sauce. You could put a million sauces on a ham sandwich, but not all of them are created equal. That’s why I’ve put together a list of the eight best sauces for ham sandwiches. So, what is the best sauce for a ham sandwich?
Among many possible sauces, these are my favorite: sun-dried tomato spread, creamy garlic sauce, barbecue sauce, aioli, lemon caper sauce, basil pesto sauce, ranch and Caesar dressings, and the irreplaceable honey-mustard sauce.
Whether you’re looking for something classic like BBQ sauce or something a little more adventurous like lemon caper sauce, I’ve got you covered. So next time you’re planning your ham sandwich masterpiece, check out this list!
Sun-Dried Tomato Spread – The Perfect Combination
If you’re looking for a flavorful and easy sauce to top your ham sandwich, I recommend sun-dried tomato spread. It’s a great mix of savory and sweet, and it pairs perfectly with both ham and cheese. Plus, it’s effortless to make. You will need a few simple ingredients: sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and salt.
It’s the perfect sauce for busy days when you want something quick and easy. And it adds a touch of sophistication to any sandwich.
Creamy Garlic Sauce – Bold and Delicious
The creamy garlic sauce is my favorite sauce on a ham sandwich. It’s bold and delicious, and it really takes the sandwich to the next level. I like to add a lot of garlic to mine, but you can customize the recipe to your own tastes.
This sauce is really easy to make, and it only takes a few minutes. For this sauce, you will need some cream, garlic, salt, and pepper. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth. You can also use a hand mixer if you don’t have a blender or food processor.
The creamy garlic sauce is perfect for any type of sandwich, but it goes incredibly well with ham. I like to put it on top of the ham and then add some lettuce and tomato.
Aioli – A Touch of Luxury
Ready to take your ham sandwich to the next level of luxury? Then add some aioli!
Aioli is basically a garlic mayo sauce, and it’s perfect for adding a bit of zing to any sandwich. You can find pre-made aiolis at the store, but if you’ve got some time, try making your own! All you need is mayonnaise, garlic, lemon juice, and salt. Just mix them together, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic homemade aioli for your ham sandwich.
You can also add other flavors to make this sauce even more special – I especially love adding some freshly chopped herbs like parsley or chives.
Barbecue Sauce – Tangy and Smoky
I’m a big fan of barbecue sauce. It’s the perfect way to jazz up a simple sandwich, and it’s also great for dipping. There are so many different variations out there, and I never get tired of trying new ones.
My favorite barbecue sauce is the kind that’s got a bit of a spicy kick to it. It’s tangy and smoky, and it goes perfectly with the salty flavor of ham. I like to add a dollop on top of my ham sandwich, and then I’m good to go.
Lemon Caper Sauce – Refreshing and Tangy
One of my all-time favorites is lemon caper sauce, which adds a refreshing and tangy flavor to your ham sandwich. This combo of tart lemons and briny capers perfectly balances acidity and saltiness.
Plus, all you need are some lemons, capers, olive oil, salt, and pepper for its quick and easy preparation. Simply zest and juice the lemons into a bowl. Then add the capers, olive oil, salt, and pepper, and stir everything together until it’s well combined.
It’s best to spread the lemon caper sauce on your sandwich right before eating so that it doesn’t lose its freshness.
Basil Pesto Sauce – Fresh Herby Flavor
Basil pesto is a wonderfully fresh and herby sauce that pairs perfectly with ham. It’s full of flavor from the fresh basil and fragrant garlic, as well as a bit of sharpness from the Parmesan cheese. You just need some fresh basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a food processor, blend until everything is smooth, season to taste, and enjoy!
This sauce also works great with other sandwiches, so I would definitely recommend making extra. The best part is that it’s effortless to make and doesn’t require many ingredients.
Honey Mustard – Sweet and Spicy
Honey mustard sauce is one of those classic combinations that just works. The sweetness of the honey perfectly complements the tanginess of the mustard, and my guests adore it.
You can try all sorts of variations, but my favorite is a combination of honey, Dijon mustard, and mayo. It’s creamy, delicious, and perfect for giving your favorite ham sandwich a delightful kick.
Ranch & Caesar Dressings
These dressings may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of topping a sandwich, but believe it or not, both ranch and Caesar dressings can provide some serious deliciousness. They both have a creamy consistency, so they’re perfect for ensuring the bread and ham don’t dry out. Plus, ranch and Caesar dressings add a zesty kick of flavor.
When using either of these sauces, be sure to let the ham and other ingredients meld together inside the sandwich before spreading on either dressing. This will help make sure that every bite is packed with flavor.
Best Honey Mustard Sauce for Ham Sandwich
- 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 3 tbsp Honey
- Prepare the ingredients, mix them together, and you're done!
- Serve with your ham sandwich. Enjoy!