With summer coming to an end, we are left with two perfectly ripe peaches. We could just relish them as is, but why not incorporate them into a savory dish?
Taking the concept of a BLT, a classic sandwich that relies on a few quality ingredients, we assemble our own version. We use peaches instead of tomatoes, Serrano ham instead of bacon, baby spinach instead of lettuce, and herbed goat cheese instead of mayonnaise, all layered on a ciabatta roll from one of our favorite artisan bakeries, Clear Flour Bread in Brookline. We are by no means offering a replacement to the famous BLT, we just updated it a bit.
Serrano Ham, Baby Spinach and Peach Sandwiches
4 T herbed goat cheese
4 slices thinly sliced Serrano ham
1 c baby spinach
2 ripe peaches, pitted and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices
2 ciabatta rolls, cut in half (from Clear Flour Bread)
salt and pepper throughout
Heat 1 T EVOO in a large saute pan over high heat. When oil simmers, add the Serrano ham and cook until crispy on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate lined with paper towel.
Toast the bread halves and lightly drizzle with EVOO. Spread 2 T herbed goat cheese on 2 halves of the toast. Atop each goat cheese-covered slice, place 2 pieces of crispy Serrano ham, a small handful of baby spinach, and two side-by-side rows of sliced peaches. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with another slice of toast. Serves 2.
Featuring fresh ingredients, these toasty sandwiches are the perfect celebration of summer. Now onto Fall!