On this rainy, Saturday afternoon I was looking for something different, yet easy, to make for lunch. A two-inch slice of ciabatta bread remained from a ham and lentil stew earlier in the week, perfect for some sort of sandwich. Without a panini press (no need for another single-use, small appliance) I decided to make something that felt like a panini but wasn't.
Toasted Reverse Grilled Cheese
Ciabatta bread, sliced horizontally
Red onion, sliced thin
Tomato, sliced thick
2 pieces of cheese (Swiss and provolone)
3 pieces of lunch meat (ham)
Honey mustard spread*
Heat a fry pan to medium and drizzle a little olive oil to lightly cover the pan's surface. When the oil shimmers add onions and swirl around the pan to coat with oil. Then move the onions toward the outer edges of the pan and place the bread slices in the center, cut side down. Remove the onions when they are done to your liking, and remove the bread when it is sufficiently crispy. Then put the lunch meat in the pan to heat, it will cook fast so pay attention, then remove once it's hot.
To assemble the sandwich, add the cooked onions to the top slice, then the cheese. On the bottom bread slice, spread a thin layer of honey mustard, fold the lunch meat down, and lay the tomatoes on top. Put the top and bottom together and carefully put in a toaster oven, on a piece of aluminum foil to catch any cheese drips, for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
*Homemade Honey Mustard:
Dijon mustard, yellow mustard, mayonnaise, and honey mixed together. Use stone ground mustard and add black pepper for a kickier version, or add some dried herbs (thyme, dill, oregano) for a more savory version. Great on any type of sandwich and can also be used as a dip. Keeps in the refrigerator practically indefinitely (you'll use it long before it goes bad).