I know I’m not one to use ingredients that you don’t normally keep around the house, but this recipe looked too good not to try. This is more like a special occasion sandwich. This recipe came from my recent issue of Simple and Delicious. I renamed the sandwich from ham and brie melt to Sophisticated Grilled Cheese. This really is a fancy version of a grilled ham and cheese. No you don’t have to use brie, but it’s so worth it. I do think you could substitute mozzarella if you must. Brie tastes good with fruit and the apricot preserves went very well with it. You can also use whatever bread you like. I really did like the extra texture that the multi-grain bread brought to this sandwich. For those of you in Utah, I just purchased muti-grain bread from my local Macey’s. They have a brand they carry called Farm Bread which is fabulous and costs around $1.50. It’s available at most associated food stores.
8 slices multigrain bread
1/4 cup apricot preserves (I think I used more)
8 ounces sliced deli ham
1 round (8 ounces) Brie cheese, rind removed and cut into four slices
3 tablespoons butter, softened
Spread four bread slices with half of preserves (I just used enough to coat the bread). Layer with ham and cheese. Spread remaining bread with remaining preserves (again I just used enough to coat that piece of bread); place on top. Butter outsides of sandwiches.
In a large skillet over medium heat, toast sandwiches for 2-3 minutes on each side or until bread is lightly browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.