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Open-Faced Shaved Ham Sandwiches with Savory Olive-Cheese Sauce

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1 loaf (approximately 12 inches long) French bread
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds shaved cooked ham
3 large ripe tomatoes, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sliced pimento-stuffed olives
1 tablespoon coarse-ground black pepper

  • Preheat broiler on high. Cut loaf of bread in half lengthwise, then slice each length into thirds. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet. Divide olive oil among bread slices, brushing one side of each. Broil 2 minutes, or until toasted.
  • Divide ham among toasted bread slices, layering as needed. Place tomato slices on top of ham.
  • Melt butter in saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk flour into melted butter and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Slowly add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Whisk in salt, mustard and cheese. Stir until cheese has melted, then remove from heat.
  • Divide cheese sauce among sandwiches on baking sheet, pouring sauce over each. Sprinkle each with olives and pepper.
  • Return baking sheet to broiler for 5 minutes, or until cheese sauce bubbles.

Servings: 6. Serving size: 1 sandwich. Per serving: 643 calories, 41.8 g protein, 29.5 g fat, 54.7 g carbohydrates, 3.2 g dietary fiber, 2,298 mg sodium, 4.3 g sugars, 77 mg cholesterol

Betsy Kuebler | Farmers EC

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