Egg And Ham Sandwich
The Perfect Egg And Ham Sandwich
My Grandmother would serve us Egg and Ham sandwiches for dinner on Saturdays when we were at her house and I would wait all week thinking about how good that Egg and Ham sandwich was going to taste at Grandma's house that coming Saturday.
The ham my Grandmother served on these sandwiches was shaved thin boiled ham bought from the supermarket deli. She would pile it on the sandwiches and my Grandmother was the first person I ever saw flip a egg in a pan. I used to watch her and wonder how in the world did she do that. It was years before I got up the nerve to try it and many more years before I could do it right.
Grandma's Egg and Ham Sandwiches had to be made on the freshest white bread we could buy at the local supermarket and the eggs were ones she had collected from her hens that morning. Farm fresh eggs or free range eggs have such a wonderful flavor. If your supermarket sells free range eggs by all means purchase them for your egg and ham sandwiches.
You also need the freshest tomatoes you can find to go on your egg and ham sandwiches. If you can purchase your tomatoes from a farmers market or a farmers road side stand. If you can find tomatoes like these you will be rewarded with the best tasting tomatoes you will ever eat.
For each sandwich your going to make you'll want to fry a egg until the white is firm and set and the yolk is firm. Season your egg with salt and pepper while its frying. Some people like the egg yolk firm while others want it to run. That up to you.
Use real butter to butter the bread for your sandwiches. Your butter will have to be at room temperature in order for it to spread right. In order to put your sandwich together place a slice of bread with the buttered side down in a skillet. On top of this place a generous portion of shaved boiled ham. On top of this place a fried egg and on top of this place two thin slices of tomato. Sprinkle your tomato slices with salt and pepper. On top of this place a buttered slice of bread with the buttered side up.
Now you will want to fry your sandwich on each side until the bread is golden brown. You may or may not want to add mayonnaise to your egg and ham sandwich. That's entirely up to you. I always add mayonnaise to my sandwiches and it has to be Dukes brand mayonnaise.
Once your sandwich is fried golden brown on each side you can cut your egg and ham sandwiches in half before you serve them to make it easier for people to be able to eat them.
My grandmother would serve a small dish of hot buttered grits in the center of the plate and a half of egg and ham sandwich on either side of the small bowl of hot buttered grits.
Over the years at various restaurants around the deep south I have served the egg and ham sandwiches with hot buttered grits and people just love it.
Egg And Ham Sandwich with Fried Grits
Over the years like I said I learned how to fry eggs in small pans and flip them over to cook the eggs on both sides. And if you've never tried it you really should give it a try. Never put egg pans in dish washers. You want them well seasoned and you want to wipe them clean with a dry cloth when you are done cooking eggs in them.
Grits are a lot easier than they used to be especially now that instant grits are available. Just cook them by the package directions and be sure to add plenty of delicious butter to them. If you've never tried grits give them a try. I grew up eating them and we had them served hot and buttered and the left overs were mixed with a little flour and a well beaten egg and served fried up golden brown as grit cakes. You could even make the egg and ham sandwiches and serve golden brown fried grit cakes with them for a delicious tasty treat.
My Grandmother would often serve fried grit cakes topped with shrimp and gravy and oh man it was so good I can almost taste it.
But my favorite of all time was when she would serve fried egg and ham sandwiches with round fried grit cakes. You have not lived until you have tried that wonderful combination. You know I eat for the flavor and the flavor of that fried egg and ham sandwich with delicious home grown tomatoes added to it and that crunchy oh so delicious round fried grit cake was one of the most delicious flavor combination's I ever remember tasting.My Grandmother would mix a little flour and a large well beaten egg with her left over grits and she would use metal jar rings to make those grit cakes turn out round. Over the years I have served the egg and ham sandwiches and the round fried grit cakes to thousands of people and once they tasted it they all said wow!.
If you make the fried egg and ham sandwiches please post a comment below. And don't be afraid to try the fried grit cakes. If you have any questions feel free to ask below. And thanks for taking the time to read my Hub Page on egg and ham sandwiches. Have a nice day and again thanks for reading.
© 2010 Thomas Byers
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