This is one of those quick and easy recipes that I love so much. It does however contain a large amount of butter so be warned.
I don’t generally have Ciabatta handy so I’m making do with a half a Baguette.
- Melt a good chunk of butter on a frying pan.
- Chop your shallots (or Red onion will do too .. normal onions I find require a good bit more cooking to get rid of any harshness). You want them fairly fine.
- Place shallots into the melted butter. Add some water so help prevent the butter drying too much. Reduce heat and let it bubble away
- Chop your tomatoes (I used 3 medium) again the smaller the better here you’re going to be spreading this on your bread. Add to the onion mixture. Add more butter if required (you want the mixture to be moist as it’s going to be spread all over your bread. Add some fresh basil if you have some. (Again I used a frozen basil mix that gives a really fresh taste)
- Spread your mixture over your baguette which you’ve split down the center (I like to keep it stuck together) Grate some emmental cheese on top and add some freshly ground black pepper to taste.
- Grill for 5 – 10 minutes (until the cheese is nicely melted on top) keeping an eye so it doesn’t burn
So this is yet again another pretty quick and easy one to make. Its also probably not the best for you in terms of the amount of butter I put into it.
So it is Ciabatta with tomato,onion, ham and cheese .. you could grill or oven cook this depending on what you want to do
Ingredients you’ll need
- I like to use vine cherry tomatoes they’ve got better flavour
- I like ciabatta though I’ve used a baguette for this in the past as well
- Red onion is a subtler flavour and less likely to repeat … this time I used some shallots
- Butter .. this requires a good chunk depends on the amount of bread / ciabatta you’ve got. (as well as how crunchy you want it all – 50 to 100g)
- A few slices of ham
You’ll want the usual herbs / spices as well (Basil if you’ve got some or maybe parsley .. and black pepper)
- Start pre heating your oven to 200C
- Chop up your onion pretty finely and fry up in the pan with some olive oil … (I like to add some water to cook the onion it helps kill some of the sharpness as well)
- Throw in the chopped up tomatoes
- Cook for a minute or two and add in the butter you should have a semi runny mix you want this to be runny
- Slice your ciabatta down the center and spread the mix evenly on it.
- Place in the over for a few minutes
- In the mean time shred up your ham (I just ripped it apart with my fingers)
- If your Ciabatta looks like its starting to brown take it out .. throw the ham on top and sprinkle some cheese on as well (I didn’t go crazy with the cheese) throw on some freshly ground pepper and some basil if you’ve got some (I didn’t have any handy)
- Back in the oven for another minute or two
Going to give this one a 7/10 its quick (less than 20 minutes) and tasty