Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

The boys and I have been eating more vegetarian meals the past two months for health and money reasons, but sometimes a girl has gotta have her indulgences. I fashioned this hearty sandwich after one on the menu at a little farm to market restaurant downtown. I'm not even sure the restaurant is there anymore, but this sandwich had a lasting impression. It is one of my 12 year old's favorites, with just the right amount of sweet heat from the sauce. It has enough flavor to appeal to the adults as well. Serve it up with sweet potato fries or a side of beans and you have a tasty summer meal.

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

A loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
Good quality ham sandwich slices
Medium cheddar slices
Raspberry chipotle sauce, any brand
A sweet onion cut in thin sliced rounds
Unsalted butter

Saute desired amount of onion in generous heap of butter until golden brown. I use about a half an onion for four people. In a large skillet, melt about a tablespoon of butter. Layer a slice of sourdough bread with ham slices and sauteed onion. Pour a couple tablespoons chipotle sauce evenly over everything and top with cheese and another slice of bread. I usually butter the outsides of the bread as well, then place in heated skillet. Grill both sides until golden brown. Repeat for each sandwich you desire to make. Serve immediately.

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