A couple of weeks ago we celebrated Easter. The traditional Easter family meal is baked ham. I made a honey chipotle sauce for the ham that was outstanding. As a matter of fact, I saved some of the sauce to use on some spring rolls I was going to make a few days later. But what was I going to do with all the left-over ham (as I always make too much food)?
Of course, there are the stand-byes; split peas soup, ham and scalloped potatoes, and ham quiche to name a few. However, I do love sandwiches and took this opportunity to make an incredible smoky, gooey, cheesy sandwich.
This ham sandwich plays off of Croque Madame. John loves béchamel, but I wanted to be lazy (yes, I have to admit, that does happen sometimes when it comes to cooking.) and prepare the sandwich with no big prep. This is how my “Not Your Normal Ham Sandwich” came to be in existence. This is incredibly easy to make and extremely delicious. I know you will like it just as much as I do.
Not Your Normal Ham Sandwich
By Dina Puleo
3-4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons butter
4 large eggs
8 slices of Gruyere Cheese
8 thinly sliced leftover ham
4 ciabbata rolls
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400
Heat cast-iron skillet or ovenproof skillet on medium heat. Split rolls. On the inside of four slices, spread a thin layer of mayonnaise. Butter the top of the four slices and place in hot skillet butter side down. Place a slice of Gruyere cheese, then two slices of ham, and repeat with another layer of cheese. On the remaining four slices, on the inside of each spread a thin layer of mayonnaise. Then butter the top of the four slices and place on top of the four sandwiches that are in the skillet.
If you have a heavy cast-iron press, place on top of sandwiches. If not, then take a heavy pan and place on top to press down. Lightly brown bottoms, about 2 minutes, and then flip to lightly brown other side. Now place the skillet in the oven to melt cheese, about 3-6 minutes.
While sandwiches are in oven, heat a small skillet with remaining butter on medium high heat. Fry eggs according to your preference.
Take skillet out of oven and place sandwiches on individual plates. Open sandwiches up and place one cooked egg on each sandwich half. Sprinkle with chives and season with salt and pepper. Now place the other half of roll on top of egg. Cut in half. Enjoy!