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Melted Blue Cheese Sandwiches with Ham and Strawberries

Renée Robinson

There Are Sandwiches… and Then There Are SANDWICHES.

If you’re anything at all like me, you’re always in the mood for a good sandwich. When I think about it, a good pb&j, tuna salad, or anything similar is okay by me. But then there are times when I take sandwiches seriously because I think a great sandwich can take its place among some of the best food you can eat. This was one of those times.

When I started thinking about this sandwich I didn’t have to give too much thought to the bread I wanted. I knew that King Arthur’s recipe for Pan de Cristal was exactly what I had in mind. If you’ve ever made it, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, I could not recommend any bread recipe more highly. I’ve made it numerous times and it’s always successful. This bread is like no other bread I’ve ever made or eaten. The outside crackles with an extreme level of crispness, unlike any other bread, while the inside is light as a feather with big gaping holes. It is a thing of pure beauty.

If you’re not up for baking bread right now, a good store bought baguette will also work well here. This isn’t a sandwich in which I’d use a sturdy sourdough. This sandwich requires more delicacy than that would provide. 

The rest of the sandwich comes together very easily. Buy some good sliced ham, get hold of the best blue cheese you can find, pick out a few good strawberries, a red onion, and you’re almost there. This is also the time to break out your best extra virgin olive oil because its taste really comes through. 

I also bought a balsamic glaze and used a little of it on these sandwiches. Balsamic is classic when combined with strawberries for a reason. It perfectly compliments the berries. This is the first time I’ve ever bought the glaze. I’ve always just cooked down a little balsamic vinegar until it’s thickened and you could easily do the same thing, as it only takes a few minutes, but for whatever reason, I picked up a bottle of the glaze when I ran into it at the market, and used it here. You just want the balsamic to be thick, so that it doesn’t just run off the sandwich.

I sliced the bread into sandwich sized pieces and split each one in half. I then drizzled the bottom slices with some of that great olive oil, and layered on slices of ham and chunks of blue cheese. I then popped these under the broiler until the cheese had thoroughly melted and the edges of the ham slices had charred just a little. 

It was then only a matter of adding sliced strawberries, a few thin slices of red onion, sprinkling with salt and pepper, and crumbled dried fenugreek leaves .* I’ve been mentioning these dried fenugreek leaves * for awhile now and here I go again.  They’re earthy and very fragrant and have an almost sweetness to them that I find irresistible. You don’t absolutely need them for these sandwiches, but they’re really great on the strawberries. 

After that I drizzled on more olive oil and some of the balsamic glaze. Place the top of the bread onto the sandwich and eat up! That’s all there is to this, but talk about good. Fantastic bread, salty ham, funky blue cheese, sweet/tart and floral strawberries, pungent red onion, herbal dried fenugreek leaves ,* and then the olive oil to mellow it all out, topped with a bright balsamic glaze? Oh, yeah, we’re talking about a sandwich with a capital S. As for me, this is a meal of which I’m proud to serve. And even happier to eat. If you’re of the same mind, you’ve gotta try this one. 

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Melted Blue Cheese Sandwiches with Ham and Strawberries

Recipe by Renée Robinson
Servings

4

servings

Ham and blue cheese are layered on pan de cristal bread and then broiled until the cheese has melted. Layers of sliced strawberries and red onion, along with a sprinkling of dried fenugreek leaves, olive oil, and balsamic glaze completes these beauties. Talk about a great sandwich!

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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe King Arthur Pan de Cristal bread or 2 baguettes

  • Extra virgin olive oil

  • 8 ounces ham, thinly sliced

  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled

  • 8 large strawberries, cleaned, capped and sliced thickly

  • 1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 teaspoons dried fenugreek leaves ,* crumbled

  • Kosher Salt

  • Black Pepper

  • Balsamic Glaze

Directions

  • Slice 2 loaves of the pan de cristal bread or 2 baguettes in half horizontally and then slice each piece in half vertically (you’ll end up with 4 large sandwiches). Drizzle the bottoms with a little olive oil. Layer on 1/4 of both the ham and crumbled blue cheese. Place under the broiler about 6 inches from the heating coils and broil until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Remove from the oven and immediately add 2 sliced strawberries and a few slices of onion to each sandwich. Lightly sprinkle with salt, add plenty of black pepper, and crumble 1/2 teaspoon of dried fenugreek leaves * on top of each sandwich. Drizzle with more olive oil and balsamic glaze. Place the top of the bread on each sandwich, serve, and Enjoy!

4 Responses

  1. Sounds delish! I wowed neighbors with this one, similar lane: sliced croissant, uncured ham, mango, Brie, arugula, and drizzle of light olive oil & spritz of orange.

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