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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Italian Ham and Cheese Sanwich

Ham and cheese sandwichHam and cheese sandwich (Photo credit: stu_spivack)
  One of my favorite ways to make a sandwich, and use up leftovers, is to take a loaf of Italian bread, fill it with meat, cheese and veggies and then bake until it's all warm and gooey. It's very cheap and filling.
  We had some ham steaks leftover, so I trimmed the meat, heated it up and layered it in Italian bread with some saute'd veggies and cheese. A layer of French fries right on the sandwich adds another layer of flavor and makes this sandwich a hand-held meal.

Italian Ham and Cheese
4 cloves roasted garlic
1/3 cup butter, softened
kosher salt 
2 cups french fries
2 ham steaks, trimmed of fat and bone
1 tsp. olive oil 
1/4 onion, sliced
1/4 each red and green bell peppers, sliced
8 oz. pkg. shredded mozzarella
6-8 slices provolone cheese
sprinkle of fresh oregano

Preparation
   Soften butter in small bowl. Add garlic and mix well, smashing garlic with back of spoon to incorporate. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt, stirs and set aside.
   Make french fries, sprinkle lightly with salt and set aside on paper towel-lined plate. 
   Heat oven to 350. 
   In medium hot skillet, heat ham until browned (marked) on both sides. Remove ham to plate. Drain most of liquid from skillet. Heat olive oil in skillet and add onions and peppers. Saute' just until tender, about 7 minutes.
   Cut Italian bread in half lengthwise. Open like a book. Spread garlic butter on both sides of bread. Toast in oven for 5 minutes, just until butter is melted and edges of bread begin to brown.
   Layer ham, provolone, and veggies on toasted bread. Sprinkle mozzarella over veggies and then oregano on top. Close sandwich and return to oven for 10-15 minutes until cheese is melted.
   Remove from oven, split open sandwich and top with french fries. Close sandwich, squish and let set for 2-3 minutes. Slice in 3-4 inch wedges. Serves 4-5.
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