First things first, congrats to NICOLE L. for winning the Farmer John Ham!
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Ok, now for why I suck at life. I was planning on making 3 different bite-sized appetizers with my ham, but my to-do list (which is taller than me) took over this weekend and I was left with time for only one. HOWEVER! One delicious appetizer...
I was so excited to cook with ham because I think it pairs brilliantly with so many things. I chose a combo of savory and sweet. Spicy mustard, a sweet sticky glaze, tangy cheese and juicy, crunchy fruit with crisped potato bread and FARMER JOHN HAM!
Little sandwiches, perfect to serve at a holiday cocktail party.
Baked Ham, Pear and Gorgonzola Sandwiches
(Makes 9 mini sandwiches, very easy to double or triple)
Farmer John ham, sliced to desired thickness
1 loaf potato bread
1 T dijon mustard
1 T coarse ground mustard
1 stick unsalted butter
2 T brown sugar
1 T dry mustard
1 T Worscestershire sauce
To prepare the glaze, combine butter, brown sugar, dry mustard and worscestershire sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until melted, and then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and set aside.
Using a small biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out 18 circles of potato bread (for 9 sandwiches - I'm great at math). You can save the leftover bread for croutons or bread crumbs!
In a small bowl, stir together both dijon and coarse ground mustard.
Place 9 of your bread circles in a 9" baking sheet. Top each circle with mustard and spread with back of spoon.
Cut ham to fit sandwiches, and place on top of mustard.
Cut pear to fit sandwiches, and place on top of ham.
Sprinkle each sandwich with desired amount of gorgonzola cheese. (If you're not a fan, brie or swiss would be nice too).
Place remaining bread on top of each sandwich, and pour glaze over - making sure to cover each.
Bake sandwiches in a 350 degree oven, for 20 minutes covered and then 10 minutes uncovered. Insert a toothpick through each sandwich before removing. Serve warm.