Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spicy Savory Mini Sandwiches

The beautiful warm weather has arrived in Southern California, thus beginning the wonderful season for outdoor entertaining.  As a native Californian, I have grown up enjoying the spicy foods of friends, and over time have developed a palate that really craves that bit of KICK!  If you are planning a simple get-together, these mini sandwiches will be sure to please!

Spicy Grilled Ham and Cheese

A few days ago, we celebrated Easter, and there's nothing better than using that wonderful sweet and savory ham to make grilled ham and cheese. 

To compliment the sweet and savory flavors of my ham, I decided to make this sandwich with a lovely French brioche.  This wonderful brioche is buttery, dense, and just slightly sweet, delish!

To give my sandwiches that little spicy oomph! I used chipotle cheddar.

The result is a delightful sandwich full of smoky spicy flavor with a subtle tinge of sweetness.


If you would like to view the recipe for my Sweet and Savory Holiday Ham, you may do so in the archives here.

Spicy Roast Beef Brioche

For these sandwiches, I also used brioche, but in mini loaf form.

I sliced the breads,

added a bit of sriacha mayo to each side of the bread.

Place slices of aged Swiss on one side of each, set aside.

In a small saucepan, I sautéed fresh sliced mushrooms in a bit of white truffle oil and a pinch of garlic salt to taste.  When the mushrooms are just about done, add the sliced roast beef and cook just until warm.  Add the meat and mushroom combination on top of the cheese side of the brioches and place onto a prepared cookie sheet.

I prepared a cookie sheet by brushing it with a bit of the white truffle oil.  Place the sandwiches into a preheated 350 degree oven and toast just until the bread is golden and the cheese is completely melted.  These sandwiches are savory with just the right amount of bite!  You may eat them by themselves, or of course with au jus.  Enjoy!

If you would like to see these nummy noshes featured I my 2016 Tartan Day Tea, please visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Décor Darling here.

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