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Ciabatta with tomato, onion, ham and cheese

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)

Shredded Ham

  1. Start pre heating your oven to 200C
  2. 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)
  3. Throw in the chopped up tomatoes
  4. Cook for a minute or two and add in the butter you should have a semi runny mix you want this to be runny
  5. Slice your ciabatta down the center and spread the mix evenly on it.
  6. Place in the over for a few minutes
  7. In the mean time shred up your ham (I just ripped it apart with my fingers)
  8. 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)
  9. Back in the oven for another minute or two

And serve

Ciabatta End Result

Going to give this one a 7/10 its quick (less than 20 minutes) and tasty

Asparagus and Bacon NOM!

So I never really came across Asparagus wrapped in Bacon in Ireland .. but here in the Menu del Dia’s you constantly have asparagus offered as one of the plates.

This led me the other day to say **** it I’m going to try it out

So what do you need
(preheated oven to 220C)
1: Asparagus
2: Rashers (we’ve tried this with serrano ham before but its a bit too dry)
3: Olive oil / pepper / salt (though with the rashers you could probably do with out the salt)

So take 2 -or 3 stems of asparagus … hold tightly and wrap a rasher around them

Complicated I know … try to get it so its nice and tight and holds its form
(I varied going straight across … and wrapping diagonally up the asparagus)

Repeat until no more asparagus (I then proceeded to wrap some extra bacon around them)

Place in a baking tray (Next time I’ll be trying on a grill in a baking tray)

Asparagus and Bacon Uncooked

Place it all in the preheated oven at 220C and keep an eye on it at the 15 or so minute mark and you should have something that looks like

Asparagus and Bacon In the Pan

Bit of kitchen paper to remove some excess grease and hey presto

Asparagus and Bacon Cooked

Bon Appetit

I’d give this one a 9/10 :)