Last spring I had a memorably delicious sandwich on a trip to Nova Scotia. I’ve been thinking of ways to experience it again. This was inspired by a lunch at Oh My Cod in beautiful Mahone Bay, a terrific casual restaurant in a lovely spot.
We were out shopping and the weather turned wild, windy and wet. Our lunch really lifted our damp spirits and got us back in vacation mood.
The original was a club with three slices of bread and smoked bacon. It probably didn’t have maple syrup and Dijon, but I like them in everything. I also wasn’t in the mood to cook bacon for the sandwich and I had the ham on hand.
We tried this with our cheese sliced and grated. Grated melts sooo much better, but suit yourselves. Just pick one that you like.
At any rate, this version was a big hit around here, perfect for a rainy summer afternoon or a fall lunch. We think we'll like it in winter too!. It’s fun to make and easy and delicious. One of these days we’ll try the club version with three slices of whole wheat bread and bacon.
In the meantime, they tell me this one’s a keeper. Hope you like it too!
GRILLED CHEESE, HAM AND GREEN APPLE SANDWICH
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons maple syrup
4 slices 7-grain or your favorite whole grain bread (you could use sourdough too)
4 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest or other deli ham
8 thin slices Granny Smith apples
4 ounces medium cheddar cheese, grated or pre-shredded
1 tablespoon butter
Combine mustard and maple syrup. Spread maple syrup mustard mixture over the bread slices.
Layer half the bread slices with ham and apple.
Toast/sauté sandwiches for five minutes on each side or until browned and cheese is melted and nicely gooey. Oops! This photo is from the time we made three sandwiches (adjusting the recipe). We know you'll spot that.
This may take as little as three minutes or as many as six, but the cheese must be melty and the bread shouldn’t burn. We put a cast-iron pan on it the second time we tested this recipe. It seemed to aid the melting process.
And speaking of enjoying: we hope you are prepared to curl up and savor our fifth book collector mystery. THE HAMMETT HEX is coming on OCTOBER 4th. No extra charge for the trip to San Francisco, the romantic encounters or the dangers in Hammett's old haunts. How’s that for a tasty thought?
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