Ham is one of the most basic sandwich fillings, yet it is also one of the easiest to transform into a gourmet gluten-free meal. The wide variety of hams, cheeses, spreads and gluten-free breads means your ham sandwiches can always be an exciting, satisfying gluten-free eat. Here are a few gluten-free ham sandwich tips and recipes to put on your weekly lunch or dinner menu.
Gluten-free ham sandwich tips
Sink your teeth into different types of ham
If boring is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear "ham sandwich," it's time you venture into the deli and check out the tasty ham selection. (Visit a new deli if yours carries only one type of ham!) From Black Forest ham and sweet maple ham to prosciutto and Serrano ham, every ham sandwich can be a tastebud-tantalizing culinary experience.
Be sure your ham is gluten-free
Though inherently gluten-free, some brands of ham may contain gluten. If you're buying packaged sliced ham, such as Hormel Natural Choice, be sure to read the labels, and if you're buying sliced ham at the deli, ask to see the label from the type of ham you want. Some brands may even have "gluten-free" or "allergen-free" on their labels, making it easy for you to choose your ham.
Check out new cheeses
Ham and cheese belong together, especially in a sandwich. Be adventurous and go beyond your usual cheddar or Colby-Jack cheeses; partner Black Forest ham with Swiss, Serrano with Manchego, or prosciutto with provolone. You can even try goat cheese or other soft cheeses in place of condiments. In most cases, you simply can't go wrong with a ham and cheese combination.
||If you've recently been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may not be able to have cheese or other dairy products until your intestines heal. Further, always read labels on cheese packaging, particularly for soft cheeses, to make sure that there are no additives containing wheat or gluten.
Slather on sandwich spreads
Condiments alone can turn a mundane sandwich into an extraordinary meal. Slather mango chutney on a ham sandwich and you've got a sweet and savory collision of deliciousness. Whisk together mayonnaise and finely chopped fresh basil to give your sandwich an Italian flair, or go for the growing number of gourmet mustards to update your favorite ham sandwich recipe.
Bolster your sandwich with flavorful fillings
Layering your sandwich with vegetables, leafy greens and even fruit will not only fill every bite of your gluten-free ham sandwich with flavor, it will also boost the nutrition of your mouthwatering meal. Tuck roasted asparagus under a slice of prosciutto, top maple ham with mashed ripe peaches, or swap out a leaf of lettuce with a handful of arugula. Experiment with different fillings to find your favorite sandwich combinations.
Get familiar with gluten-free breads
Finding tasty gluten-free breads has never been easier. More bakeries are carrying gluten-free loaves and supermarket bread aisles are featuring more and more gluten-free brands. Try a different bread every week to give your ham sandwiches a new twist while also updating other gluten-free recipes that call for bread.
Gluten-free ham sandwich recipes
A swoon-worthy meal, this gluten-free ham sandwich recipe features paper thin slices of prosciutto, provolone, a slather of pesto and gluten-free sourdough bread.
The sweetness of mango chutney and gluten-free raisin bread delectably contrast with the savory saltiness of deli ham in this yummy gluten-free meal.
Ham and Swiss cheese are made for each other in this grilled gluten-free ham sandwich recipe.
A hearty and very gourmet gluten-free ham sandwich, this Spanish-inspired recipe features smoky peppers, Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.
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