Thursday, November 7, 2013

Inside Out Grilled Ham & Cheese

This throwback meal is arguably one of my husbands favorites.  Whenever he thinks of it, gets this kind of dreamy look in his eyes and says something along the lines of "oooh that is a good one!"  We all like it, but it holds a special place in his heart.  It is also one of the easiest meals ever.  It takes less than 10 minutes start to finish.  (If you can cook all sandwiches at once otherwise you will need about 5 minutes more)  I cooked two sandwiches at a time and I spent about 15 minutes.  The pickles are not optional for us but I left that in the instructions in case it was a deal breaker for some of you.  You need to try this sandwich!  Serve it with a salad and you have a great meal!  Cut it in to small wedges and you have an excellent appetizer.  It is fast enough for any meal, with any time constraints, but delicious enough to be a wonderful dinner.

Inside-Out Grilled Ham-And-Cheese Sandwiches

4 Tbl unsalted butter softened
8 Slices bread
1/2 Cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/2 Lb sliced Swiss cheese
8 ounces thinly sliced ham (I like honey ham)
Dill pickle slices (optional)
2 Tbl Dijon mustard
1/4 Cup apricot preserves

1. Butter each slice of bread and sprinkle with Parmigiano, pressing to
help it adhere. Invert the slices onto a work surface, cheese side down.
Top 4 of the slices with the Swiss cheese, ham and pickles. Mix the
mustard and preserves and spread on the remaining 4 slices of bread.
Close the sandwiches and griddle over moderate heat, turning, until
golden, crisp on the outside and melted inside, about 3 minutes. Cut in
half and serve right away.

I liked this picture better, but the hubby liked the other one better.
Since it is really "his" meal, I let him choose the top

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