Monday, January 11, 2010

Maple Monday-Ham and Apple Waffle-wich

I have a massive amount of love for sandwiches. Pretty much all varieties are welcome at my table. Club, Rueben, Cucumber, you name it I love them all. They are truly a perfect meal, they can be held in your hand and eaten standing up, they can be as healthy or as decadent as you desire and they have no rules so they can be transformed into whatever you wish them to be. Even if you don't have so called "sandwich" bread on hand you still make a sandwich. Garlic bread for instance provides the perfect cushion for an Italian style or meatball sub. Slather on some cream cheese and jelly on apple bread and top with some sliced fruit for a sweet sandwich. A little leftover pot-roast on a dinner roll makes for an amazing lunch. In the case of this sandwich, I used frozen waffles in place of bread and piled it with ham, cheese, apples and maple syrup. The end result is a delicious blend or savory, sweet and tart. 

I don't think you can really have a recipe for a sandwich, just directions. What I've listed below will direct you in one way but have fun and go in any direction you want. Today, forget what your mother told you and play with your food!

Tips: I like Granny Smith apples for sandwiches and salads. They are nicely tart and aren't as mealy as some varieties so they have a great crispness to them. I used a Vermont White Cheddar to make my sandwich as seen in the photo below but there is no difference in taste between a white or yellow Cheddar, just food coloring. I do like the cheese to be somewhat sharp for this sandwich though, as to provide a greater contrast of flavors.
This sandwich also tastes great when grilled on a pannini press!  If you don't have a pannini press just do what you would do for a grilled cheese sandwich.


4 frozen waffles, toasted
2 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
8 slices deli sliced Ham
1/2 small green apple, sliced thin
2 tsp. maple syrup

Top one waffle with 1 slice of cheese, 4 slices of ham and half of apple slices. Drizzle on 1 teaspoon maple syrup and top with another waffle. Repeat for second sandwich.


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