Grilled Ham and Gouda Sandwich with Leftover Easter Veggies

Whether celebrating a holiday or just another Saturday night, a meal with my chef father-in-law always means leftovers. I love it, don't get me wrong! It's just a matter of coming up with ways to use them all. The beautiful thing about his Easter meal is that everything is so simply prepared. A beautiful roasted ham (locally sourced from a Maryland farm just down the street from their house), lightly dressed green vegetables and a crisp white wine; it's a blissful welcome to spring. Making great use of what was already in-house, I whipped up an amazing dinner that really captured the bright flavors of the previous night's meal. I dressed up a vegetable medley with simple lemon-dill vinaigrette while my favorite sandwich secret weapon - red pepper jelly - worked its magic on a grilled ham and Gouda sandwich.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 25 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

For the grilled ham and Gouda:

8 thick slices good-quality bread

4 tablespoons mayonnaise

4 tablespoons red pepper jelly

10 to 12 slices leftover roast ham (about 1 pound total)

1/2 pound Gouda, thinly sliced

For the Easter veggies:

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon fruit preserves, such as apricot or peach

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper

4 cups roughly chopped (as needed) prepared green vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini or peas

Directions

  1. Place a large skillet or griddle pan over low heat. Lay out the slices of bread on a work surface and spread a thin layer of mayonnaise over each one. Flip each slice over and spread a thin layer of red pepper jelly over each one. Build the sandwiches by dividing the ham and Gouda among four of the slices and closing them so that the mayonnaise is on the outside. 
  2. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown and heated through. 
  3. While the sandwiches are toasting, in a large bowl whisk together the lemon juice, preserves, dill, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss the green vegetables with the dressing and reserve. Cut the sandwiches on a bias and serve warm along with the vegetable salad.

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