Hoisin Ham 'n' Cheese
- 2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
- 6 tablespoons hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 scallions, sliced very thinly
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 8 thin slices ham
- 8 slices Jewish rye bread (or whatever bread you like)
- 1 green apple, cored and sliced thinly
- Mayonnaise, for coating
In a medium bowl, mix the cheese, hoisin, cilantro, sesame oil, scallions, and freshly ground pepper (to your liking). Mix with a spatula until well combined. Taste for seasoning, and avoid the temptation to eat the whole bowl as is.
To make a sandwich, warm a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Then, lay 2 slices of ham on the bread. Place a layer of apple slices over the ham, and then spoon about 1/2 cup of the filling on one side of the bread, making sure it's evenly spread. Cover with the other slice of bread.
Coat the top slice of bread with a very thin coating of mayonnaise, about 1 teaspoon.
Place the sandwich in the skillet, mayonnaise-coated side down. Weigh down with another small cast iron skillet, if you have one. After 45 seconds, slather the uncoated side of the sandwich with a similarly thin layer of mayo. Flip. Wait another 30 to 45 seconds and remove to your cutting board. Slice in half. Repeat with the rest of the sandwiches and serve.
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira