Nina says: “Toasted Ham Cheese sandwiches can be with just plain old cheese and plain old ham and to me it would be absolutely perfect. You can however take your Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwiches up to another league.
For my Toasted Ham Sandwiches, I usually prefer strong white cheddar, but this time I wanted to indulge in the smoky, mouldy taste of the new Fairview Chèvre Roue. It is a mild 100% goats milk cheese. Covered in ash & a white bloomy dusting and is at this stage only available on the farm. With this gorgeous cheese, I thought a sweet smoky Gypsy Ham will be perfect and just to round this flavor bomb off, caramelized onions seemed like the perfect accompaniment.
Oh my gosh, my Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwich was out of this world. That oozing cheese will be hard to beat, so I’m afraid I will have to be very hungry to settle for just cheddar cheese.”
Toasted Ham Cheese Sandwich with Caramelized Onions
2 large onions – cut into thin slices
15 ml olive oil
salt and pepper
20 ml sugar
a few sprigs fresh thyme
45 ml Olyfberg balsamic vinegar
4 slices sourdough bread – buttered on one side
1 Fairview Chèvre Roue
4 slices Gypsy Ham
butter for toasting
fresh rocket for serving
Heat a pan and add the olive oil. Add the slices onions and saute with the salt, pepper and thyme until the onions are soft and light brown in color. Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and keep stirring until the onions are a rich red color and slightly sticky. Place two of the slices bread on your work service, buttered sides up. Cut the cheese in slices and pack on both slices. Place two slices of ham on each slice of bread. Top with caramelized onions. place the other slices of bread on top, buttered side up.
Place the sandwich in a sandwich maker or panini machine and toast to golden perfection. Serve with fresh rocket and have serviettes ready for the oozing cheese.
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Nina Timm has become a popular household name in South Africa and apart from her passion for cooking, her heart is with people. In 2012 she received the Blogger of the Year Award from Eat In Magazine and has not looked back since. She understands what her readers want. She and her family live an unpretentious lifestyle with love in abundance and a deep-rooted belief in God. With her warm and heartfelt nature she has become a loyal and trusted radio personality to RSG listeners, where she has a weekly show every Thursday Morning just after 9, featuring her own recipes and those of other South African Food Bloggers.
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