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Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}

Grilled Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}

I had a hankering for a grilled cheese for lunch today (I feel like I’ve used that line in a post recently…hmmm).  On my short drive from the office to the grocery store my mind was racing through a mental inventory of what ingredients I had to work with at home and what I would need to pick up.  I knew we had a nice hunk of Gruyere cheese and so I decided it would be a grilled ham & cheese.  Simple, yet always delicious.

While waiting for my turn at the deli counter, I stood reading all 47 (or so) different types of ham.  I began to experience the same overwhelmed feeling I get when at a new restaurant and it’s my turn to order.  When I’ve only gotten a third way through the menu and will definitely need to go back to the beginning once I’ve completed my first pass through (and unless everyone else has already ordered how could I ever know what I’m going to order).  Apparently I had THAT kind of look on my face when the man behind the deli counter said….”how about I give you some samples to help you decide?”  Bless you.  We started with his recommendation….Rosemary Ham.

Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}

As soon as he said it, the guy in line behind me said “Ugh” indicating “Gross.”  He followed up with “rosemary, fennel, and clove are three strong flavors I can’t warm up to.”  Hmm…there was a time, not that long ago, that I would have had to agree with him on all three accounts.  However, through my fresh herb journey I have developed a fondness for rosemary (and fennel and clove have their place as well).  One bite of the rosemary ham sample and I was all in.  My next stop was the bakery case and there smiling back at me was a mini loaf of Rosemary Olive Oil Bread….it was my sign.  The rest came together in my head on the drive home.  Grilled Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}.  Good God.  I’m certain they serve these in heaven.

Before writing this post I made a call to my grocery store to confirm the brand and exact name of this ham.  Boar’s Head Rosemary & Sundried Tomato Ham.  Ha! Apparently pairing Rosemary with Sundried Tomatoes wasn’t my invention.  I know my time will come :)  Before my deli guy hung up the phone, he said “next time you need to try the Pesto Parmesan Ham.”  Don’t you know my wheels are already spinning.

Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}

Grilled Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich {with Sundried Tomatoes}
 
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 slices Rosemary Olive Oil bakery bread, or your favorite crusty bread
  • ¼ lb. Boar’s Head Rosemary & Sundried Tomato Ham, sliced for sandwiches
  • 2 oz. Gruyere cheese, sliced for sandwiches
  • 3-4 Tbl. Sundried Tomatoes in olive oil
  • Butter, for pan grilling
Instructions
  1. Layer sliced ham, sundried tomatoes, and cheese between two slices of bread. Melt butter in skillet, grill sandwich using a weight or press until golden browned. Turn over, adding additional butter to the pan and grill second side until golden browned and cheese has melted.

Grilled Rosemary Ham & Gruyere Cheese Sandwich with Sundried Tomatoes

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