Heavenly Havarti and Black Forest Ham with Apple Butter, Aioli, AND A GIVEAWAY!

In the beginning, I made me a fabulous sandwich.
And it was good.
Then, a girlfriend challenged me to enter a sandwich recipe contest, and I remembered my sandwich. So, I wrote down the recipe, talked my husband into photographing it, and it was really good.

Here’s the recipe I entered in that contest for my mighty fine sandwich, and you can make it at your house and enjoy. (And if you don’t want to make your own aioli, Trader Joe’s carries a nice one.)

Heavenly Havarti and Black Forest Ham with Apple Butter, Aioli, and Arugula

The velvety sweetness of the apple butter, the smoky saltiness of the Black Forest ham, the savory tang of the aioli, the sweet-yet-savory toothsomeness of the caramelized red onion slices, the crisp, fresh pepperiness of the arugula, the creaminess of the Havarti, and the buttery-crisp crunch of the toasted sourdough, all combine together for a mouthful of heaven, that pairs nicely with a glass of Saint Francis Old Vines Zinfandel.

Ingredients (for one sandwich):

For Caramelized Red Onions:
1/2 red onion
1 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
freshly ground black pepper

For Sandwich:
Two slices of sourdough bread, 1/2″ thick
2 T. softened butter
2 slices Cream Havarti Cheese
2 slices Black Forest Ham
1 T. garlic aioli
Spoonful of red caramelized onions
1 small handful arugula
2 T. apple butter


Peel and slice a red onion in half, and then cut one half of it into 1/2″ thick, half-moon-shaped slices. Slowly sauté´ in a cast iron skillet, with 1 T. butter, and 1 T. olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Allow onion to softly and very lightly caramelize for about 25 minutes. Reserve.
Butter one side each of two slices of sourdough bread. Place buttered side down on a cast iron griddle, and toast on medium heat. On one slice of bread, place Cream Havarti cheese and Black Forest Ham,
Place a large pot lid overtop to hasten the melting of the cheese. Let cook about 3 or 4 minutes, checking the process of the cheese occasionally, as well as peeking at the toastiness of the bread.
When cheese is melty and has reached a gooey loveliness, remove both slices of bread from griddle. Now top ham with a smear of garlic aioli, several slices of the reserved caramelized onions, and a handful of peppery arugula. Spread the other side of bread with a thick coat of apple butter.
Place slice of bread with apple butter on top of melted cheese and ham slice, apple butter side down.
Serve with a glass of St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel.

So then I asked my friends to vote for my recipe on the St. Francis website, and many of my  friends did, but some didn’t really want to “like” the St. Francis wine app,

So, to reward those who already did, and to bribe those who haven’t yet, here’s the deal: if this sandwich ends up in the top ten of the entries, the recipe judges will judge it. And I really want it to be considered.

ON TO THE GIVEAWAY:   The winner of the giveaway for my husband’s gourmet, home-roasted coffee beans has been chosen! (Although voting on the St. Francis site is open till Nov. 30th, so you can still vote for my sandwich there, if you haven’t yet, and you’d like to do me a solid.)

So, I’ve decided to resort to bribery: if you vote for my recipe, you might win some of my husband’s exquisite, home-roasted coffee beans. And trust me, you want to.

Here’s how:

Click on this link. (It’s a link to the “Say Cheese! Gourmet Grilled Cheese Contest” on Facebook, sponsored by St. Francis Winery.)

“Like” St. Francis Winery.

Vote for my recipe, which is the Heavenly Havarti and Black Forest Ham with Apple Butter, Aioli and Arugula. 

And then leave me a comment here on this blog, letting me know you voted for my sandwich.

On Nov. 14th, I’ll get the Random Number Generator to decide who won the coffee.

You must be a resident of the US to win.

You can only vote once for the St. Francis contest, and only leave me one comment here.

If you’ve already voted earlier for my sandwich, let me know that. and you’ll be entered in my drawing.

If you talk your significant other into voting, too,  then you can leave me a comment for that vote as well.

One vote for my sandwich on the St. Francis contest allows you  one comment here, got it?

Feel free to pin this sandwich on Pinterest, or share this contest on Facebook, or tweet it for me. I’d really appreciate the votes!!!

I may not lower your taxes, but a vote for me could win you a lovely cuppa joe!

and the winner is comment 25: Terri M.
Terri M, you have 48 hours to get back with me with your address. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll choose another comment.

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