One of the perks of no-recipe cooking, aka throwing whatever random (to some degree) foods I have on a plate, is that I’ll often get a meal together in 5-10 minutes, depending on if it’s something I can eat cold or not.
Last week I managed to make a really delicious sandwich with only a few ingredients and my oven. It was inspired by a panini or two I’ve had over the course of many years… yes, apparently, I love ham sandwiches. Not as much as chicken, as I’m sure you’ll learn if you stick around. … anyway, onto the anti-recipe
The ingredients: bread (two slices), cheese (it was a cheddar/mozzarella blend, but you can use whatever the hell you want. I recommend swiss or brie for this purpose), deli ham, tomato slices, mustard, honey apple butter.
Instructions: Heat oven to about 425, arrange items on bread, put in oven open faced, leave in until cheese is melted.
The stuff on top of the ham that looks like gravy is in fact honey apple butter from Trader Joe’s. Feel free to assemble your sandwich contents any way you like – however, if you do it this way, the apple stuff is almost like a glaze on the ham, so good, I can’t even tell you. The mustard is under the ham here, but you can put it anywhere you want, even not on the sandwich. But why would you want to do that? Just put it under the ham.
So, if you have a toaster oven, that might be a better way to go. I haven’t figured out where to set mine up, so I still make toast in my oven. Tip: if you want to warm everything up and melt the cheese, but not toast the bread, put it on a bit of aluminum foil or a baking sheet. If you want the bread nice and crispy on the outside, put it right on the rack.
I waited a minute or two, then put the two halves together and they just tasted soooooo good. It was really juicy. If I’d had the option, I would have used a really good artisan bread of some kind, because I am a bread fiend.
It was still really tasty, though.