Fancy Fig Ham & Cheese

Ham and cheese… a good old American stand-by kind of a sandwich.  Throw a few slices of ham, a bit of cheddar between some plain old sliced bread, perhaps a dab of spicy mustard and you’re set.  I used to bring one in a brown paper bag for lunch in grade school several days a week. While out to eat last week, a friend of mine ordered a more elegant version of a ham and cheese sandwich with the delicate and delicious flavors of triple cream brie and fig jam.  We liked it so much we decided to recreate it ourselves.   

Behold the Fancy Fig Ham & Cheese:  

Fancy Fig Ham & Cheese

   1/3 whole wheat baguette

  2 slices prosciutto di parma

  2 slices tavern ham

  3 slices triple cream brie cheese

  1 handful fresh baby arugula

  2 tsp. fig spread

Preheat oven to 375.  Assemble the sandwich using all of the ingredients minus the arugula.  Toast it in the oven until just warmed (you don’t want it to get too hot — it will wilt the arugula).  It should take about 5-7 minutes.  Put it on a plate and top with arugula.  The result is delicious.  Thin slices of apple would also work if you don’t have fig jam on hand.  Enjoy!

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