If you like to play in the kitchen like me, every once in a while you create an exceptionally 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. 😀
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. 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.
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.
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. 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 got mine at the farmers 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 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. Find a local cheese shop to purchase it at!
Ridiculously Stupendous Sandwich
Zing and ting in every gooey, crunchy bite. Adjust the portions to your liking: you may want more avocado, less apple slices, or omit the shallots altogether. I'm confident this is a keeper.
- 4 to 6 slices bread day old, depends on bread size
- delisioso sandwich spread (see recipe below)
- ham sliced, local, ethically-raised
- 1/2 to 1 avocado peeled, sliced
- 1/2 to 1 lime freshly squeezed, depending on size
- 1 shallot thinly sliced
- spinach large handful
- 1/2 apple organic, sliced
- Swiss cheese shredded, to cover, to preference
Delisioso Sandwich Spread
- 2 tsp tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp olive oil ultra premium, extra virgin
- 3/4 tsp maple syrup Canadian
- 1/2 tsp honey raw, local
- 1 tsp white balsamic vinegar honey ginger (or use apple cider vinegar)
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. 🙂