Watch Cooking Channel

Dinner Rush! Grilled Ham & Gouda With Easter Veggies

Easter Levtovers Sandwich

My in-laws love Easter. The thought of budding flowers and warmer weather herald happy times for them. It’s the way they express their love for the season — a meal for five that could easily feed that many tenfold — that gets me onboard.

Whether celebrating a holiday or just another Saturday night, a meal with my chef father-in-law always means leftovers. I love it, don’t get me wrong! It’s just a matter of coming up with ways to use them all. The beautiful thing about his Easter meal is that everything is so simply prepared. A beautiful roasted ham (locally sourced from a Maryland farm just down the street from their house), lightly dressed green vegetables and a crisp white wine: It’s a blissful welcome to spring.

Making great use of what was already in-house, I whipped up an amazing dinner that really captured the bright flavors of the previous night’s meal. I dressed up a vegetable medley with simple lemon-dill vinaigrette while my favorite sandwich secret weapon — red pepper jelly — worked its magic on a grilled ham and Gouda sandwich.

I guess, now that I think about it, I love the Easter holiday too. It means the bright, fresh flavors of spring are here!

Grilled Ham & Gouda Sandwich With Easter Veggies

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes

For the Grilled Ham & Gouda
8 thick slices good-quality bread
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
4 tablespoons red pepper jelly
10 to 12 slices leftover roast ham (about 1 pound total)
1/2-pound Gouda, thinly sliced

For the Easter Veggies
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon fruit preserves, such as apricot or peach
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and ground black pepper
4 cups roughly chopped (as needed) prepared green vegetables, such as asparagus, zucchini or peas

Place a large skillet or griddle pan over low heat. Lay out the slices of bread on a work surface and spread a thin layer of mayonnaise over each one. Flip each slice over and spread a thin layer of red pepper jelly over each one. Build the sandwiches by dividing the ham and Gouda between four of the slices and closing them so that the mayonnaise is on the outside.

Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook, turning once, until golden brown and heated through.

While the sandwiches are toasting, in a large bowl whisk together the lemon juice, preserves, dill, olive oil and some salt and pepper. Toss the green vegetables with the dressing and reserve.

Cut the sandwiches on a bias and serve warm along with the vegetable salad.

NOTE: Be sure to keep the heat nice and low! Haunted forevermore by the “blackened outside, ice-cold inside” grilled cheeses of my youth (sorry, babysitters: you nailed lots of things, but grilled cheese was not one of them), I’ve learned that patience is key to a successful sammie. Slow and steady wins the race.

AWESOME TIP: One of my favorite grilled cheese tricks — passed on to me by the great and fabulous Paula Deen ‑ is to spread the outside of your bread with mayonnaise when making a grilled sandwich. As she explained, lots of people put butter in the pan and then cook the sandwich in the butter. This is awesome for the first side because it soaks up all the butter, but that means that the flip side is dry and burns. And that’s gross. When you use this trick, both sides of the sandwich get equal opportunity to have a beautiful, toasty, golden-brown crust.

Patrick W. Decker’s life revolves around food. Always has, probably always will. As a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and past member of the culinary teams for Food Network stars Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, Bobby Deen and Paula Deen, he now works as a food stylist and producer in NYC by day and a food writer and recipe developer at his home in New York’s Hudson Valley by night. You can see what he’s up to by following his latest tweets on Twitter at @patrickwdecker or visiting his website at patrickwdecker.com.

Tags:

Comments (2850)

  1. Lastbil reservedele til salg posted 07/03/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am forever saying that its difficult to get good help, but here is…

  2. wordpress tube script posted 07/03/2013

    The Slave of the Husband…

    Looking for in advance to studying excess from you afterward!……

  3. Baju bayi posted 07/03/2013

    Baju Bayi…

    I saw this really great post today….

  4. click here posted 07/04/2013

    click here…

    [...]we came across a cool website that you simply may well take pleasure in. Take a appear in case you want[...]…

  5. Link go to check posted 07/04/2013

    Link go to check…

    [...]please visit the web pages we comply with, including this a single, because it represents our picks in the web[...]…

  6. more details posted 07/04/2013

    more details…

    [...]although internet websites we backlink to below are considerably not connected to ours, we feel they may be actually worth a go via, so possess a look[...]…

  7. real estate law center posted 07/04/2013

    real estate law center…

    [...]below you will locate the link to some web pages that we believe you need to visit[...]…

  8. Zeta Technology Groups posted 07/05/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around on the internet and found…

  9. visit page posted 07/05/2013

    visit page…

    [...]check below, are some completely unrelated websites to ours, on the other hand, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  10. visit page posted 07/05/2013

    visit page…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you may well enjoy. Take a appear when you want[...]…

  11. myshape lipo posted 07/05/2013

    myshape lipo…

    [...]always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but don?t get a good deal of link enjoy from[...]…

  12. The Absent Game…

    Concerning me and my husband we’ve owned a lot more MP3 gamers over time than I can count, together with Sansas, iRivers, iPods (basic & touch), the Ibiza Rhapsody, etc. But, the last few many years I’ve settled down to one line of players….

  13. Openersscottsuncity posted 07/06/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  14. why posted 07/06/2013

    Elenor Ogando…

    This is the perfect site for anybody who really wants to understand this topic. You know a whole lot its almost hard to argue with you (not that I really would want to…HaHa). You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that has been written about …

  15. read more posted 07/07/2013

    Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and accurate information but here I found…

  16. jibujhvgydfrtdxerser posted 07/07/2013

    Title…

    [...]that could be the finish of this article. Here you will discover some internet sites that we consider you will enjoy, just click the hyperlinks over[...]…

  17. Robert Shumake posted 07/07/2013

    Robert Shumake…

    [...]we prefer to honor many other world-wide-web web sites on the web, even when they aren?t linked to us, by linking to them. Beneath are some webpages really worth checking out[...]…

  18. make money online posted 07/07/2013

    make money online…

    [...]we came across a cool web-site that you may possibly get pleasure from. Take a appear when you want[...]…

  19. studio posted 07/08/2013

    Enola Homs…

    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, th…

  20. Real Estate Law Center posted 07/08/2013

    Real Estate Law Center…

    [...]Here is a good Blog You may Uncover Interesting that we Encourage You[...]…

  21. cheap jordans posted 07/08/2013

    E-lites coupon codes…

    Here is a superb Blog You may Obtain Intriguing that we Encourage You…

  22. Carrie Underwood posted 07/08/2013

    Whispering Misty…

    So sorry you’ll skip the workshop!…

  23. ralph lauren outlet anthem posted 07/08/2013

    Ralph Lauren Sale…

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this website. I’m hoping the same high-grade website post from you in the upcoming also. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to get my own site now. Actually the blo…

  24. National Health Insurance For Men…

    [...]Every when in a whilst we opt for blogs that we read. Listed below would be the most recent internet sites that we select [...]…

  25. website posted 07/09/2013

    website…

    [...]below you will discover the link to some sites that we feel you must visit[...]…

  26. myshape lipo reviews posted 07/09/2013

    myshape lipo reviews…

    [...]one of our visitors lately encouraged the following website[...]…

  27. My Shape Lipo posted 07/09/2013

    My Shape Lipo…

    [...]although sites we backlink to beneath are considerably not related to ours, we really feel they are truly really worth a go as a result of, so possess a look[...]…

  28. surfboards for sale posted 07/09/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  29. yitdjhdfeshgdchfutxyr posted 07/10/2013

    Title…

    [...]just beneath, are various totally not associated internet sites to ours, nevertheless, they may be surely really worth going over[...]…

  30. Buy YouTube Views posted 07/10/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw a writer writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  31. Send Flowers Atlanta posted 07/11/2013

    Enola Homs…

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me lunch because I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, than…

  32. buy printer cartridges posted 07/11/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here yesterday, so I just took to piddeling around online and found…

  33. Latent semantic indexing posted 07/11/2013

    Latent semantic indexing…

    [...]Here are a number of the internet sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  34. lawyers posted 07/12/2013

    lawyers…

    [...]below you?ll uncover the link to some internet sites that we feel it is best to visit[...]…

  35. Skies Miltonia posted 07/12/2013

    New Condo Launch in Singapore…

    How can I put a social bookmark to your site and I can read updates? This article is extremely good!…

  36. Jewel at Buangkok posted 07/12/2013

    Singapore Property Links…

    How could I add a link to this website so that I can be aware of updates? This writing is really awesome!…

  37. attorneys posted 07/12/2013

    attorneys…

    [...]please stop by the web pages we adhere to, including this one particular, because it represents our picks through the web[...]…

  38. get GooglePlus posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to study or visit the material or web-sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  39. Buy Google Plus Circle posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to study or visit the material or sites we have linked to below the[...]…

  40. facial masks for oily skin posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]the time to read or take a look at the material or web sites we’ve linked to below the[...]…

  41. Getting GooglePlus posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated sites to ours, on the other hand, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  42. personal loans posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]usually posts some pretty intriguing stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]…

  43. mystat.pl posted 07/12/2013

    Title…

    [...]although websites we backlink to below are considerably not associated to ours, we feel they may be essentially really worth a go by way of, so possess a look[...]…

  44. win a house posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]always a major fan of linking to bloggers that I appreciate but do not get a good deal of link love from[...]…

  45. hcg posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]very handful of websites that take place to be comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly effectively worth checking out[...]…

  46. Edgar Penney posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated internet sites to ours, even so, they may be most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  47. social bookmarking services posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors a short while ago advised the following website[...]…

  48. traders policy car insurance posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]below you will discover the link to some websites that we think you’ll want to visit[...]…

  49. Canon 70D posted 07/13/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our guests not too long ago advised the following website[...]…

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c