Jul 21, 2011

Smoked Ham Sandwich with Aioli and Parmigiano Reggiano

Home sweet home!

I couldn't wait to fly back to my cozy crib in Taiwan after staying in Shanghai for one whole week.

The scenery was great there,
The food was not bad, had a few bites of donkey meat*
My hotel room was comfy with amazing views looking down Shanghai, 
I basically fell asleep with beautiful city lights by my side every night,
There were also kites flying higher than my room almost 24/7,
Did I mention I stayed at 33rd floor?
What's even more, these kites had LED lights on after sunset, truly a fun scene to watch!

But all the above things just don't add up,
To me, nothing compares to home....most importantly...homemade food!
No more dining out, all I want is healthy, clean, light, and yummy homemade food!

Smoked ham sandwich with aioli and Parmigiano Reggiano -

Ingredients (for two)?

4 bread slices
4 slices of smoked ham
2 eggs
2 ripe tomatoes
1 sprig of rosemary
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 garlic clove
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Tiny pinch of lemon juice (optional)
Some good quality Parmigiano Reggiano
Some extra virgin olive oil
Some olive oil
Some sea salt
Some freshly ground black pepper


This is the kind of bread slices I use -

You can definitely substitute with other bread of preference.

Evenly drizzle some olive oil on both sides of the bread slices,
Grill each side till slightly brown in color.

To prepare the tomato slices,
Slice two tomatoes and set aside.
Mix finely chopped rosemary, some olive oil, sea salt, and pepper,
Brush tomato slices with the rosemary mixture and grill for about one minute.

As for the egg, it's just like cooking sunny side up,
Drizzle some oil in the pan, turn to high heat, and add the eggs in,
Remember to sprinkle a tiny pinch of salt and pepper on top of the eggs,
Cook till desired doneness and remove from heat.

Shave the cheese and set aside.

The aioli sauce is the main ingredient of this recipe,
Blend together the mayonnaise, garlic clove, lemon juice, maybe some lemon zest, small pinch of salt and pepper,
You can also add a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil if the mixture appears on the dry side,
Once mixed well, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes before using.

This is good stuff,
I can just dip plain chicken meat with this aioli and eat with rice.

All the hard work is done, now move on to the assembly line,
Brush one side of the bread slices with aioli,
Take one of the bread slices, aioli side up, top with grilled tomato slices -

Add 2 slices of smoked ham, 1 egg, and some shaved cheese -

Top with another bread slice, aioli side down -

Ahhhh homemade food is the best.

I was gonna add avocado slices but couldn't find any ripe avocados in the market,
After traveling for one whole week, no way I'm waiting for that tiny green fruit to "grow older!"
Eat first,
The sandwich is still good withouth avocado, especially after being away for one whole week.

Cindy's Rating: 8


  1. kites with LED lights hovering over the city at night? o_O how cool is that?! the scenery must have been beautiful. but i agree: no place like home.

  2. To afunkyplace~
    I was also amazed that the kites were flying above 33rd floor!!

  3. You just came back from Shanghai? Did you like it? I find it super-congested and polluted. Hee heee..

    I would like some of these homemade sandwiches for "home-coming" too. Nothing beats home-cooked food, even sandwiches can do!

  4. To Tigerfish~
    Nooo I'm not a big fan of Shanghai at all. Besides the polluted thing you mentioned, I find the people there pretty rude...Glad I'm back in Taiwan now!

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