The classic grilled ham and cheese gets a major facelift thanks, in part to Rose Levy’s The Bread Bible. This Grilled Havarti and Prosciutto Sandwich is the perfect sandwich for cold nights!
I’ve told you all that I’m super obsessed with Rose Levy Beranbaum’s book, The Bread Bible. She is a genius when it comes to bread making and she gets in touch with my food nerdy side. I have been practicing my bread making skills any time that I can, with fantastic results. Her recipe for a raisin and cinnamon swirl loaf is something to die for. I honestly ate, like, half of the loaf when it came out of the oven. I have no shame.
One idea that she sparked in me was a fancy grilled cheese sandwich. Normally I wouldn’t have thought of making a grilled cheese sandwich out of raisin cinnamon swirl bread… but Rose knows what she’s talking about. I decided to take it one step further (why not?!) and create this gorgeous grilled Havarti and prosciutto sandwich. It doesn’t get any better than this, kids, let me tell you!
I really wanted a fantastic cheese with the uber meltiness that is so fun with grilled sandwiches. I also wanted a cheese that had a slight fruitiness to it. Welcome Havarti. Havarti is very similar to provolone in that it is super melty and buttery. Yet I find that Havarti is a bit tangier than provolone, which I wanted to counteract the meaty prosciutto. It totally works. If you haven’t tried Havarti, you need this cheese in your life!
Now prosciutto is a fancy Italian dry cured meat. It’s salty, it’s briney, it smells slightly funky but it is absolutely fantastic! When the fat of the prosciutto begins to melt, the meat just becomes creamy and just fantastic. It’s the fancy ham that everyone needs to try out!
I absolutely love Rose’s recipe for her raisin cinnamon loaf; my only complaint is that I wish it had a bit more cinnamon sugar and raisins in the middle. Again, I’m being suuuuuper picky. If you are wanting to do Rose’s recipe and IF you want more raisins and cinnamon, just be aware that there may be more of a separation in the swirl when the loaf is baking, Try to roll the loaf as tight as you can so that the steam doesn’t create too huge of gaps in the loaf.
If you aren’t a bread maker, and have no desire to become one, no worries. Use your favorite raisin cinnamon bread from the store and it’ll still work perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this soul-warming and incredibly tasty sandwich! Major thanks to Rose for her inspiration for this recipe and let me know how you enjoy it!