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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Enjoy a Ham Sandwich

Do you love ham?? Do you understand the differences among the ham world?? Our family loves ham and I have learned a lot over the years. Let me share just a bit of what I know

  • A fresh ham may also be known as a green ham. This type of ham is uncured and uncooked as well. Roasting or baking the ham are two of the best known ways to cook this type of ham. Fresh hams can also be smoked or cured for later use. 
  • A cured ham is flavored with salt, sugar and other flavorings. One cured ham, the city ham is soaked in or injected with brine and then smoked or boiled. This type of ham can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store and is normally marked "ready to cook" "partially cooked" or "ready to serve"                                                                                                 A country ham is dry cured with salt, sometimes then smoked and aged. This type of ham is often salty but can be cured using less salt. 
  • Smoking is another form of curing. Hams are normally salt cured or brined to control the development of bacteria during smoking. The ham spends many hours, days even, in a smokehouse to allow the essence of hickory or maple smoke to infuse the meat. 
I love to make sandwiches with ham. With the warm weather approaching I thought it might be a great time to share with you one of our all time favorite picnic ham sandwich recipe 

1-2 tomatoes thinly sliced
½ cup Italian dressing
6 croissants
½ (6.5 oz) container garlic and herb spreadable cheese
½ lb. thinly sliced deli ham (I used black forest)
½ pound thinly sliced hard salami, cut circles in half
6 slices provolone cheese, cut circles in half
6 leaves of red lettuce

Place tomatoes in a small container along with Italian dressing. Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour but longer is even better.
Slice croissants in half. Spread top half of each croissant with the garlic and herb spreadable cheese.
On the bottom half, layer sandwich ingredients beginning with provolone followed by ham, salami, and lettuce.
Place top of croissants on each sandwich. Wrap each sandwich well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until picnic time. This can be done as early as the night before.
To serve, unwrap sandwiches and place marinated tomatoes on the sandwiches.

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  1. That ham sandwich looks delicious!

  2. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party - have a fabulous week!


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