Are you ready for some football… and a toasted ham, brie, and apple sandwich?

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Nothing better then a cold, snowy or rainy day, some football, family/friends and a fire in the wood stove!!  Add this sandwich and you might just have the PERFECT day!  Of coarse don’t forget the beer, wine, cocktail or iced tea to accompany this meal!

Remove the rind from the brie while the cheese is still cold.  For a meaty flavor and texture, choose a thinly sliced ham steak rather than deli ham.  Look for a ham steak that’s labeled “Ham in natural juices.”

Serves 4

1 large baguette (about 1 lb) cut into four pieces

7 oz. brie, most of the rind trimmed off, thinly sliced

2 TBS unsalted butter

1 1/2 medium granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4 inch thick wedges

3/4 lb ham steak, thinly sliced on the diagonal

2 TBS whole grain dijon mustard

1 TBS honey

1 tsp chopped fresh thyme

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Split the baguette pieces lengthwise, open them up like a book, and top one side with the brie.  Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment or aluminum foil and bake until the cheese melts and the bread lightly browns, about five minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large (12 inch) heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Add the apples and cook, tossing every minute or so, until they start to soften and brown in places, 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the ham and cook, tossing gently, until it warms.  Remove from the heat and gently toss with the mustard, honey and thyme until the ham and apples are evenly coated.  Using tongs, distribute the ham mixture into the warm pieces of baguette, secure with 2 toothpicks, cut in half, and serve.

I serve mine with sweet potato fries and a salad on the side.  Wonderful meal, great for sitting in front of the Television rooting on your favorite team!!  Which in our house happens to be the Bronco’s, Niners, and Dallas Cowboys.  : )  For college, it’s Stanford.  We have fun watching our football together.  Gets loud!

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