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  • Sliced peasant bread or country white
  • Softened butter
  • Serrano ham, thinly sliced
  • Gala or honey crisp apples, thinly sliced (1 per every 2 sandwiches)
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Sliced mild melting cheese, such as cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • Thinly sliced Manchego cheese


Butter one side of sliced bread. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and crisp the ham a slice or 2 at a time, 30 seconds on each side and let cool on towels. Add butter to skillet and saute apples to tender crisp. Season with cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and deglaze with Calvados.

Assemble sandwiches with mild cheese, crispy Serrano ham, sautéed apples and Manchego. Grill in skillet over medium heat until golden, covered loosely with tin foil, then turn and press for 7-8 minutes.