Asparagus goes beautifully with rich flavors—here, ham and buttery fontina cheese. Acidic tomatoes add a bracing contrast.
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients 12 trimmed asparagus spears1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oilSalt and freshly ground pepper2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard2 Tbsp. mayonnaise4 slices crusty bread1/4 pound thinly sliced baked or boiled ham1 large tomato , cut into 8 slices1/4 pound thinly sliced fontina cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook until bright green and just tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold water to stop the cooking, then drain again and transfer to a large bowl; pat asparagus dry. Add olive oil plus salt and pepper to taste and toss well.
Meanwhile, preheat broiler (if it not in a separate part of oven, arrange a rack 6 inches from the heating element). Mix mustard and mayonnaise together in a small bowl; spread onto one side of each bread slice. Layer ham, tomatoes, and fontina cheese onto bread slices, then arrange sandwiches in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 2 minutes. (Watch closely to make sure bread doesn't burn.) Transfer sandwiches to plates and top with asparagus. Serve immediately with a green salad on the side, if desired.
Extra idea: Use the main ingredients—asparagus, ham, tomato, and fontina cheese—to make a beautiful frittata.