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Strawberry Ham Panini

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Strawberry Ham Brie Panini. Guest post by Jaden Hair of Steamy Kitchen.

If you celebrated Easter this past Sunday and served a centerpiece ham, you must have leftover ham sitting in your fridge. By now, you’re probably a little tired of the usual: ham sandwiches, egg ‘n’ ham, ham casserole, etc. Or perhaps you’ve already banished the remaining ham to the freezer?!

So yesterday, Erika posted The Theme is…Grilled Cheese! and I thought I’d play off the warm sandwich idea and make a panini with leftover Easter ham, strawberries and brie cheese, an idea my little eye spied in Southern Living Magazine.

I also threw in some arugula growing in my backyard (which grows like a weed! My goodness, I can’t keep up with the arugula production at my home!) and spread some raspberry habanero jelly from this lovely lady who makes them in small batches.

So imagine this:

Slightly salty ham + sweet fresh strawberries + melty oozy brie + a gentle spicy sweet heat + satisfying crunch of the bread

I think your leftover ham would be darn proud to be in this sandwich!

What’s in this Strawberry Ham Brie Panini:

1 brie wheel
good crusty Italian bread
nice thick slices ham
big ol’ handful of baby arugula
fresh strawberries, sliced
raspberry habanero pepper jelly (or pepper jelly of your choice)

I know you probably have even better ideas for leftover ham. Send ‘em on this way!


Jaden Hair is a food writer, television personality, and food photographer based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Find more of her recipes in her blog, Steamy Kitchen, where you can also read more about Jaden’s new book, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook, and the rave reviews it’s received!



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Sue B on 4.15.2010

wow, this looks good and i love diane’s sweet heat jam!

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kristi79 on 4.14.2010

Can’t wait to try this….sounds delicious and similar to a sandwich I tried & loved at a tea house near The Biltmore House in Asheville, NC.

michelle on 4.13.2010

You need to submit this to Tom Colichio at Craftwich! He is always looking for another gourmet sandwich!
THIS is it!

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MS Hospitality on 4.12.2010

This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kari on 4.11.2010

What a great idea to use the leftovers all together in one yummy sandwich! Mmmm, mmm

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on 4.11.2010

I love this idea of pairing the sweet and the savory.

Sandy ( Your Life, Organized ) on 4.9.2010

MMMM We will have to try these out this weekend! Looks soooo yummy!!!
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EllBee on 4.9.2010

Holy hot deliciousness. I want one right this minute…I’m not kidding!

Sinful Southern Sweets on 4.9.2010

Wow, that looks fabulous! I was just telling my mother last night I needed some inspiration for my leftover ham. I love the combination of flavors!!

Stephanie Goertz on 4.8.2010

I made this tonight, added a spinach salad…. DELICIOUS!!

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goodlifeeats on 4.8.2010

YUMMMMM! I don’t have any leftover ham, but I just might have to get some from the deli and make this for lunch over the weekend.

Adaire on 4.8.2010

I got a panini press for Christmas and this looks wonderful! I even have all the ingredients.

April on 4.8.2010

Yes, please!!!

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Erica Lea on 4.8.2010

That sounds wonderful. Our relatives made the ham for our lunch, so we don’t have any leftovers to deal with; this sandwich, however, looks good enough to buy ham for. :D

You’re lucky to have greens growing already. It’s still much too cold up here.

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sweetebakes on 4.8.2010

I just had a smoothie for lunch and now I go to check in and you’ve got this just staring me down.. oh man it looks DELISH!

Mary on 4.8.2010

You had me at Brie…any sandwich – heck, anyTHING – with Brie in, on, or around it makes me salivate!

AshleyC on 4.8.2010

Definitely on my must try list! BTW I love Southern Living. My house is full of stuff from there at home catalog.

Kath on 4.8.2010

Your panini looks amazing! Great idea!

I’m making Julia Child’s split pea soup made with ham broth. It’s in her “The Way to Cook” book.

Katy on 4.8.2010

Mmm…already contemplating substitutions so I can do this at lunch. Got the ham. Got the strawberries… Swiss and spinach work?

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paninihappy on 4.8.2010

You know I’m all for this one! :-)

Jessica @ How Sweet on 4.8.2010

I am not a ham fan, but this sounds INCREDIBLE!