H.A.M.C.A.B. stands for Ham, Arugula, Mustard, Cheddar, and Apple Butter. This sandwich might sound like it doesn’t make sense, because it really doesn’t if you dissect the parts from the sum. Those flavors don’t stack up to logic. However, this sandwich, with the addition of sweet cinnamon raisin bread, will amaze. Whether you find yourself eating one in the woods or in front of the TV, after one bite you won’t question its existence further.

OE_0788To make the sandwich for you and three friends, you’ll need:
1 pound of thick-sliced country ham
1 bunch of baby arugula
1 jar of stone-ground mustard
6 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1 jar of apple butter
4 tablespoons salted butter
1 loaf cinnamon raisin bread

Assemble by smearing a good layer of mustard on one slice of bread and apple butter on the other. Place a small amount of arugula, then the ham, on the mustard side. Follow by placing
cheese on the apple butter side. Then marry the two together. Heat a skillet to medium-low, adding 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Place sandwich directly on melted butter, cheese end down, and spread another 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the top of the sandwich. Cover and cook for about 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt. Flip and cover for an additional 5 minutes. Serve your best friend first.