Ham and Gruyere Sandwich

Blighty has a strong tradition in inventing something really cool, exporting it and then having everyone else get better at it than we are. Cases in point, cricket, rugby, soccer and of course, the sandwich. Sandwiches in Blighty are forgettable things, designed to be eaten whilst your mind is on something else. They aren’t meant to, or should I say aren’t capable of taking centre stage, not like the Dagwood sandwich I once had in Florida.

This is exactly why we’re chuffed to have found the sandwich section on Sumptuous Spoonfuls. This week’s is our take on the Sweet Hot Habanero Ham & Gruyere Sandwich

We had to cut a few corners when we made this, as Habanero pepper jelly isn’t easy to get hold of here, and we’d run out of turmeric.

Alas, no photo as the sun had gone down by the time I got my hands on it, and the poor light made it look sad and forlorn. We’ll be doing this again soon I’m sure, and I’ll get the photo then :)

This sandwich is not difficult to make and as long as you can scoop, measure and grill, you’ll be ok. And so, on with the show.

The key to this sandwich is in the spread as it is this that brings all of the ingredients together.

Spread Ingredients
1 tbsp pepper jelly – we used Tobagonian pepper jelly
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Nothing much to it. Mix it all together. This makes enough for two sandwiches.

The sandwich – Ingredients for one sandwich

2 slices white bread (medium). We used my Rule 54 bread (recipe pending) but any good quality white will do the trick
1-2 slices of ham
Slices of gruyere cheese (thin) to cover the ham
A handful of herby salad

Toast the slices of bread lightly, then put the ham and cheese on one slice. Melt the cheese onto the ham under a medium grill. You want to melt the cheese fairly slowly. If it melts too quickly it’ll go crunchy and bubble, which isn’t what we’re looking for. We just want to get it nice and molten. Keep an eye on it as this sort of thing has a habit of looking like nothing is happening and then suddenly going black.

Put the spread on the other slice and when the cheese is melted, put both slices together and serve immediately with the herby salad either in the sandwich or on the side.

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