Friday, February 17, 2012

Ham, Cheese, & Fried Egg Panini

As a kid, did you look through the toy catalog and want all the toys? Did you care if it was a doll or a truck? I didn't. My mom would tell us we could only pick one or two items out of the catalog. I thought that was the most impossible task. 
As an adult, I have the same problem but with the William-Sonoma catalog. I would like one of these or two of those. Once in a while, I will break down if the price is right and purchase something like a lunch box with cookie cutters for $10. I thought that was a pretty good deal. My son thought it was great since it was for him. I do actually look at the recipes in the catalogs. Since I have an underutilized panini press, I decided to make this recipe. My family said this was a must make again meal.
Ham, Cheese, & Fried Egg Panini
yields: 4 sandwiches
1/2 tsp minced shallot
1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp Champagne vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
12 oz. Black Forest ham, thinly sliced
4 baguette rolls, sliced horizontally
6 oz. Gruyere cheese, grated
1 Tbsp mayonnaise/ Dijon mustard (optional)
1 cup mixed salad greens
4 eggs 
2 Tbsp chives, chopped


  1. In a small bowl, mix the shallot, honey, vinegar, and olive oil.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat the electric panini press.
  3. In a large skillet on medium heat, add 1 tsp vegetable oil. 
  4. Working in batches, brown the ham slices about 1 minute per side. 
  5. Transfer the ham on top of the open baguette rolls.
  6. One the other side of the baguette rolls, brush with mayonnaise/mustard or the shallot oil mixture.
  7. Add the salad greens to the shallot oil bowl and toss to coat the salad. 
  8. Top the ham with about 1 oz. Gruyere cheese per a sandwich.
  9. Cover the cheese with the other side of the baguette roll.
  10. Place 2 sandwiches at a time in the panini press and close the lid.
  11. Cook the sandwich about 4 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  12. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining sandwiches.
  13. In the large skillet used for the ham over medium-low heat, add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil.
  14. Crack one egg into the skillet; cook the egg until the whites turn opaque.
  15. Flip the egg over and cook about 1 minute or until desired doneness.
  16. Open the sandwich and add the egg on top of the sandwich. 
  17. Top the egg with the mix salad greens and sprinkle chives on top.
  18. Close the sandwich and serve.
Source adapted from William-Sonoma January 2012 catalog.
Did you already know........
-Panini means sandwich.
-If you don't have a panini press, use a handheld grill press, brick covered with tinfoil, waffle iron, or a heavy skillet placed on top of the sandwich (or my oldest daughter's suggest use a clothes iron).
-In the early 1960s, Panini sandwiches could be found in sandwich shops around Italy.

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