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Baked Cheese and Ham Loaf

Posted on March 29, 2019 by in cheese

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Baked Ham and Cheese Bread

This Baked Cheese and Ham Loaf is surely the most sinful recipe I have posted in a while. Carb overload……. and that in a time where I am at war with carbs for the umpteenth time.The Baked Cheese and Ham Loaf was born out of desperation. I was late, on the go all day and I forgot to take out meat to defrost. So, I walk into the kitchen, spotted the loaf of bread, I knew I had lots of Fairview cheese and a packet of jam in the fridge. My first idea was toasted cheese, but we eat that too often. My next idea was this Croque Monsieur, but I had the wrong style loaf. I suppose it was at this point that I got the idea of melting, oozing cheese, bechamel sauce and smokey ham. It was a croque monsieur on steroids. It was a hit, the children and hubby oo-ing and aa-ing as they pull off the slices of bread with the cheese-pull.


Baked Ham and Cheese Bread

Baked Cheese and Ham Loaf

makes 1 family-size loaf

Ingredients

1 oval farm loaf

2 x 100 g Fairview Cheese – any flavor can work – keep ½ a block for the bechamel sauce – grated

200 g baby tomatoes

400 g smoked ham

salt and pepper

fresh herbs of your choice – I used thyme

For the bechamel sauce

2 T flour

2 T butter

300 ml milk

½ t nutmeg

½ block of Fairview Cheddar – grated

Baked Ham and Cheese Bread

Method

Prepare the bechamel first. Heat the butter in a small pot. Once it is melted, add the flour and whisk continuously until the flour and butter has formed a smooth roux. Slowly add the milk while stirring – keep stirring until the sauce has thickened and is bubbling.Add the cheese, nutmeg, salt and pepper and leave aside.

Cut the bread in slices and between each slice you place some ham, gated cheese and chopped tomatoes. Sprinkle a few sprigs of thyme over the loaf.

Preheat oven to 180 C. Pour the bechamel sauce over the loaf and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Serve with fresh rocket and lots of napkins, things can get messy.

Baked Ham and Cheese Bread

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