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Ham and Gruyère French Toast Sandwiches


Dive into the delectable sandwich with a fork and knife or pick it up with your hands, providing there are plenty of napkins close by.

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  • 2 Granny Smith apples—peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • One 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • Eight 1/2-inch-thick hand-cut slices from a loaf of white bread
  • Dijon mustard
  • 6 ounces sliced Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 pound thickly sliced smoked ham
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons unsalted butter



Step 1

1. In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, water, maple syrup and cinnamon stick and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the apples are tender, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the apples to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
2. In a shallow bowl, whisk the milk and eggs. Spread 4 slices of the bread with mustard. Top with half of the cheese, the ham and then the remaining cheese.
3. In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over low heat. Dip the bottoms of the 4 topped bread slices in the beaten egg until just saturated and transfer to the skillet. Dip the remaining slices of bread on 1 side only and place them, soaked side up, on the sandwiches. Cover the skillet and cook over moderately low heat until the bread is browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn the sandwiches, adding more butter to the skillet if necessary. Cover and cook until the second side is browned and the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut in half and serve with the maple apples.

Make Ahead The apples can be refrigerated in the poaching liquid for up to 1 day; drain just before using. Serve With Steamed or sautéed mustard greens.

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