My newest discovery is the deli counter at Fromagerie Atwater in Atwater Market. They’ve got some really great stuff that for some inexplicable reason I had ignored until two weeks ago when I had them slice me some of the best prosciutto di parma I have ever had (which I used to make this sandwich). Last weekend I was in the mood for something a bit different. So, to switch things up I opted for Serrano ham (from Spain, Serrano ham is generally dryer and more deeply flavoured than prosciutto). Spanish ham in hand, a Spanish cheese was in order, so I picked up some 12 month Manchego. Like the ham, aged Manchego is quite dry; so I grabbed a tomato, which once turned into a salsa would play a key role by adding some moisture to my sandwich, and headed home.
- Serrano Ham
- Manchego Cheese, crumbled
- One tomato, finely chopped (think bruschetta)
- 1/2 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/4 tsp smoked Spanish paprika
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Fresh baguette
Mix the tomatoes, garlic and smoked paprika in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread the tomatoes over both sides of the baguette, layer on the Serrano ham, and top with the crumbled manchego cheese.
The ingredients really speak for themselves in this one – it’s as simple as can be. Yet, there’s a lot going on in this simple sandwich. After biting into the crisp baguette exterior, the first thing that hit me was the slightly spicy, slightly garlicky tomato mix, next up was the sharp Manchego cheese and finally the deeply flavoured, salty Serrano ham. Add it all up and you get a tasty sandwich, enjoyed on my balcony as I basked in the afternoon sunshine no less. Not quite as good as sitting in a cafe in Spain, but not bad at all. I’m thinking Saturdays are going to become Sandwich Day for me…