Ham and Cheese Toastie on Irish Soda Bread with Irish Country Ketchup
This satisfying grilled sandwich is easy to make and is especially delightful with homemade Irish soda bread! I added Irish Country Ketchup which is a tangy sweet ketchup that works well with the salty ham and sharp cheese. Feel free to swap out your favorite store-bought bread instead of the Irish soda bread if you prefer.
Course lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Irish
Keyword cheese, ketchup, pub food, sandwich
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 55minutes
Cool Time 30minutes
Irish Soda Bread
2cupsall-purpose flour280 g
1cupwhole wheat flour150 g
1 3/4cupbuttermilkwell shaken
4slicesof Irish soda bread
2ouncesgrated sharp cheddar cheese57 g or about 1/2 cup
3tablespoonsIrish Country Ketchup
Make the Irish Soda Bread
Preheat the oven to 450°F about 15 minutes before you make the bread.
Combine the flours, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Use a balloon whisk and vigorously stir the dry ingredients together for 30 seconds to blend them. Make a well in the center of the ingredients and pour the buttermilk into it.
Stir and fold the ingredients together until a rough dough forms. Use your hands to knead in any loose flour or dry bits.
Line a 10-inch cast iron skillet or large baking sheet with parchment paper, then spray it with cooking oil. Form a rough round ball and place it on top of the greased parchment paper. Use a sharp knife and slice an “X” on top of the dough.
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 400°F and continue to bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top of the bread is golden brown and it sounds hollow when you tap the top of it. If you have an instant read thermometer, the center should read 190 to 195°F. Cool the bread on a wire rack for 30 minutes.
Make the Toastie
Once cool (the bread will still be warm, and that's fine) slice it into 3/4-inch slices. Take 4 slices and generously butter each slice with 1/2 tablespoon of butter.
Place two pieces of bread, butter side down, in a large heavy skillet (like the one you baked the Irish soda bread in). Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of grated cheese on each slice of bread, then about 1 tablespoon of Irish Country Ketchup on the cheese.
Cover with ham and sprinkle 2 more tablespoons of cheese over the ham, then add another tablespoon of Irish Country Ketchup. Cover with the slices of bread, this time with the butter side facing up.
Heat the skillet up on medium low heat, until the underside of the bread starts to get golden brown and the cheese starts to melt. Flip the sandwiches over and fry them on the other side until the cheese has melted and the other side of the bread is golden brown.
Slice sandwich in half and serve immediately.
This post was sponsored by Judge Casey Irish Ketchup. I was sponsored for this post and for developing the recipe. However, all opinions below are completely my own.
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