Grilled Cheese with Smoked Ham Sandwiches
Adapted from Nancy Silverton's Sandwich Book (Knopf)
When a chill creeps into the air, what could be better than a classic grilled cheese sandwich, dressed up with smoked ham and peasant bread?
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 8 slices white peasant bread or whole wheat sourdough
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces thinly sliced smoked ham (such as Black Forest)
  • 2 to 4 tomatoes,  thinly sliced
Directions
Spread one side of each bread slice with the butter. On a clean work surface, place 4 slices buttered-side down. Divide the cheese and ham among those 4 slices. Place the remaining 4 slices of bread on top, buttered-side up.

Heat a grill pan or a 12-inch skillet with a lid over medium heat until warm. Place the sandwiches in the skillet (in batches if necessary) and cook, covered, 3 to 5 minutes on each side, or until cheese melts and bread is golden brown.

Cut each sandwich in half; slide in 1 or 2 tomato slices and serve hot.

Recommended tools: Grill pans are available at Cooking.com or Chefscatalog.com.

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