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Prosciutto Ciabatta Sandwiches with Asiago Cheese

Sometimes it is nice to throw lunch together without having to put the stove on, and this is a really tasty sandwich. If you do not mind having the stove on, you might like to caramelize some onions to go into this sandwich, or at least sauté them for a few minutes until they are tender and fragrant. We are using prosciutto to make these sandwiches, which is a cured ham. Try and get nice, wafer-thin slices, and be generous with how much you add to the sandwiches. Also, use a good quality prosciutto for the very best results.

We also like to use Asiago cheese, although provolone would work, or another type of Italian cheese. Then we have tomato slices or you could use roasted red bell pepper strips if you like. This is for a splash of color and also for adding a nice sweet flavor to the sandwich. Focaccia bread would work too but ciabatta is really good because it is crusty on the outside and really soft and fluffy inside. You can use thick slices of ciabatta loaf or, easier still, a couple of large ciabatta buns. We are using 2 buns so this recipe serves 2 people.

The first thing to go into the ciabatta is black olive tapenade and that offers a nice salty taste which contrasts with the cheese and tomato and pairs well with the prosciutto. If you prefer to use mayonnaise or another kind of spread or dressing, go for it, because anything goes with this. Consider a creamy Italian dressing if you prefer. If you are using something quite thin, consider putting the arugula on the bread before the dressing so the dressing does not soak straight into it. Continue reading

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