Ploughman Sandwich Recipe: Layers of Flavor, Perfectly Balanced!

Have you ever tried a Ploughman’s sandwich? It’s a classic mix of brown bread, thick ham, strong cheddar cheese, tangy pickles, and simple salad. When I make mine, I usually stick with lettuce or rocket and sometimes add a tomato.

I like my pickles in small pieces, usually those in the supermarket. But if you prefer the big chunky ones, you can find those too, especially homemade ones. The best way to enjoy this sandwich is with a cold beer and a bag of crisps, perfect for a picnic!

Ploughman Sandwich Recipe

Ploughman Sandwich Recipe

Here's an easy recipe for a Ploughman’s Sandwich that gives a tasty twist to the classic lunch. It's perfect for picnics or lunch in the garden, and it's super simple to make. With just a few basic ingredients, you can whip up these sandwiches in minutes. They're great for when you're on the go, whether you're heading out for a picnic or packing a lunch for work or school. Made with simple stuff like bread, cheese, and ham, they're a yummy and satisfying option for lunch. Imagine a rustic sandwich loaded with roast ham and mature cheddar cheese – it's easy, it's filling, and it tastes really good!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course lunch
Cuisine British
Servings 2
Calories 560 kcal


  • Knife
  • Grater (for the cheese)
  • Cutting Board


  • 2 slices Brown bread
  • A bit of grated mature cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices Ham
  • Some lettuce
  • 2 slices Tomato


  • Spread butter on both slices of bread.
  • Put pickle on one of the slices.
  • Add lettuce and tomato on top of the butter.
  • Put ham on the pickle, then sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Put the two slices of bread together to make a sandwich. Cut it and enjoy!


  • Get good ingredients that taste fresh.
  • Prepare things ahead if you can to save time.
  • Put the ingredients in the sandwich in a neat way, so you get all the flavors.
  • Grate the cheese so it melts better.
  • Spread butter on the bread for extra yumminess.
  • Try different pickles to see which one you like best.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories560 kcal
Saturated Fat8g

How Do You Serve a Ploughman’s Lunch?

How Do You Serve a Ploughman's Lunch?

Serving a Ploughman’s lunch is easy! Just get a plate and put on a big slice of tasty Cheddar cheese, some fresh bread with butter. Want to jazz it up? Add juicy pickled onions and tiny gherkins, a tangy onion or tomato chutney, or a yummy piccalilli.

Does a Ploughman’s Lunch Have Meat?

Originally, a Ploughman’s lunch was a simple meal for farm workers, with just cheese, bread, and an apple. But over time, people added extras like cooked meat and pickles. Some like it with these extras, but I prefer to keep it simple.

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