John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich
The modern sandwich is named after Lord Sandwich, but the exact circumstances of its invention and original use are still the subject of debate. A rumor in a contemporaneous travel book called Tour to London by Pierre-Jean Grosley formed the popular myth that bread and meat sustained Lord Sandwich at the gambling table. Lord Sandwich was a very conversant gambler, the story goes, and he did not take the time to have a meal during his long hours playing at the card table. Consequently, he would ask his servants to bring him slices of meat between two slices of bread, a habit well known among his gambling friends. Other people, according to this account, began to order "the same as Sandwich!", and thus the "sandwich" was born.
The oh-so-fancy ham and cheese originates in a café on the Boulevard de Capucines in Paris in 1910. The Croque-Monsieur is essentially a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, but, since it’s a French grilled sandwich, its made with lean ham, Gruyere or Emmental cheese, and then, after it’s pan fried like grilled cheese, covered in a warm béchamel sauce. Delicieux!
French for Crusty or Crispy Mister, depending on whom you ask, this sandwich is as famous for its variants as well as its original. With added tomato, it is the Croque-Provencal, and with mustard and topped with a fried egg, it is a Croque-Madame. Other versions substitute ingredients with delightful results, including the Croque Auvergnat, which replaces the mild cheese with a Bleu, and the Croque Norvegien, which uses salmon in place of the ham.
Super-Fast, Super Delicious Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
This week, we have some crispy rolls with ham and melted cheese that will have everyone’s eyebrows jump about 2 inches the second they taste them!
You just need you’ll need pizza dough, ham, Swiss cheese, butter, brown sugar, mustard and poppy seeds.
- Roll the pizza dough into a rectangle.
- Layer with Kretschmar honey ham off the bone (just $5.99/lb this week).
- Add another layer of Cady Creek Swiss Cheese ($6.99/lb).
- Roll the dough with the ham and cheese like a jelly roll
- Cut into slices and smother with the following mixture:
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees in a 9”x13” pan, coated with cooking spray.
It takes about 10 minutes to put it all together, and you’ll have enough for the next gathering of friends!