Saturday, 22 March 2008
Leftover Ham Recipes: Italian Ham Panini
It's almost time....time to find all of those eggs the kids didn't find on the Easter egg hunt before they petrify, try your best to get all of the Easter basket fake grass picked up from around the house without it all tangling up in your vacuum, and figure out just what you are going to do with all of that leftover Easter ham!
No worries. I may not be the Leftover Queen, but I do know a thing or two about leftover ham. You could use it in a Muffaletta Sandwich or a rich Ham and Cheddar Quiche or a few other recipes that I'll share over the next couple of days.
Today's recipe is for a simple Italian Ham Panini sandwich. This is a very good use for that leftover spiral ham, but any type of ham will do as long as it is very thinly sliced.
Italian Ham Panini
Ham, thinly sliced
1 loaf crusty bread: Country, Italian or French
Fresh basil leaves OR fresh spinach, rinsed and patted dry
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
Salt & pepper
Split the loaf of bread in half. On the cut side of each half, put some thin slices of the mozzerella. (Note: Putting the cheese right against the bread helps to hold the sandwich together when you put it in the panini press.)
Top the mozzerella with either fresh spinach or fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle with some of the oil and vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. The next layer should be provolone followed by a layer of ham and a bit more salt & pepper. Close up the sandwich and brush with some of the olive oil.
If you have a panini pan or press: Grill the panini until the cheese begins to melt. Remove. Let sit for a few minutes. Slice and serve.
If you do not have a panini pan or press: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lightly spray two baking sheets with cooking spray. Place the closed panini on one baking sheet. Invert the other baking sheet and place on top of the sandwich. Place in the preheated oven and top with a brick or cast iron pan to press the sandwich. Bake until the cheese is melted, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Remove. Let sit for a few minutes. Slice and serve.
Additional Ham Recipes: