If you like to play in the kitchen like me, every once in a while you create an outstanding recipe; the tongue happily picks up zing and ting, and the taste is bam! This is what happened to me when I created... drum roll... this amazing RIDICULOUSLY STUPENDOUS sandwich!
How did this happen? You see, I was challenged to use up some leftovers: ethically-raised, hormone-free ham (pork), day old (really two days old) bread, and other bits and pieces just hanging around in the fridge and pantry. Still edible, but what to do with them all.
AHA! I'mma gonna createa sandwich. :D
At first I was going to use two pieces of bread for each serving with all of the goodness squished inside a "hot marriage" in the George Foreman, but I kind of oopsed. The bread slices landed up being too thick so I didn't have enough pieces to cover each slice which resulted in an open face.
I was not disappointed!
My word. Truly, ridiculously stupendous flavor with each bite tasting better than the first! A keeper to be sure. And do you know what??? I'm going to give you the recipe. Yep. So hang on here while I explain all of the yummy layers including the nutrition, then you'll get the recipe. (Because after all as a holistic nutritionist, I NEED to do that for you!) But, if you want to jump over the rest of the section to the recipe I can cheer you on!
Bread - I used up a seedy sourdough bread but any really good bread would do (like from Italian Centre Shop or Prairie Mill Bread Co.) It should be a day or so old so that it's slightly dry which acts as great base for what is piled on top of it. You could also create a panini too if you want to make it like that.
Delicioso Sandwich Spread <-- click here for another free recipe!
Hormone-free, ethically-raised, local ham , free-range - support local, know your farmer, and make sure what you get is the best. The taste will be evident in every bite along with plenty of protein. We had a ham chunk left from Easter (that I purchased from Irving's Farm) so it was perfect in this sandwich.
Avocado and lime - mash up the avocado with the lime juice for its taste and to fend off browning. Great protein, fat and vitamin C in this bundle. I like the creamy texture too that offsets the crunch of the bread.
Shallots (or red onions) - I had one shallot left from Peas On Earth that I purchase from Old Strathcona Farmer's Market. It was time to use up. While I could have used any other type of onion, I really like the taste of this humble little aromatic: its anti-fungal, antibiotic, anti-septic, and anti-inflammatory properties are present in every bite.
Fresh spinach - the minerals and vitamins of the (heated) spinach is unlocked when combined with apples, avocado, lime, and more. It also contains fiber too. I could use my own garden spinach but since it's too early in the season, I got mine from West Country Herbs/Morinville Greenhouses at the farmer's market.
Apples - I like that the apple slices offer crunch that offset the creamy texture of the sandwich. It also provides a hint of sweetness. If you keep the peel on, this native fruit provides more vitamins, minerals, and great fiber. I love BC Golden Delicious but you can use your own favorite instead if you rather.
Swiss cheese - experiment with other cheese if you like but I really like how the flavor of Swiss melds well with the entire sandwich bundle. I purchased it from my local Italian Centre Shop.
Now it's time to sink your teeth into this masterpiece. Enjoy!
- Day old bread, 4 to 6 slices (depends on bread size)
- Delicioso Sandwich Spread (another SNNC recipe)
- Hormone-free, ethically-raised, ham, sliced (not too thick!) to cover bread
- ½ to 1 peeled avocado, depending on size
- ½ to 1 lime, freshly squeezed, depending on size
- 1 shallot, slice thinly
- Large handful of spinach
- ½ organic apple, sliced
- Swiss cheese, shredded, enough to cover (to preference)
- Mash avocado with lime juice. Set aside.
- On a cookie sheet, arrange bread slices.
- On each bread slice, place enough spread to cover.
- In equal divided portions, spread the avocado and lime mixture on each slice.
- Divide the shallot slices amongst the bread pieces, on top of the avocado mash.
- Place to your preference enough spinach leaves to cover the shallot slices.
- Then put slices of apple on top of the spinach, pressing down gently.
- Finally, sprinkle Swiss cheese -- or another preferred type - on top to cover all layers.
- Broil in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Careful it doesn't burn!
- Enjoy the yumminess... get the napkins ready. :)