Local and seasonal -- A sandwich that's surely four stars

April 18, 2010|By SCOTT C. ANDERSON / Special to The Herald-Mail

The General Grant sandwich was born of the Civil War.

Gen. Ulysses S. Grant could have only dreamed of a sandwich so grand and delicious as he chased Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee across northern Virginia during the Civil War.

No less than 10 years separated his second term as president of the United States from the devastation of the war and the overabundance of food at his 1873 Inauguration.

- Scott C. Anderson is associate food service director and chef with Shepherd University dining services in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The General Grant

2 slices hearty New York rye bread with seeds
1-1/2 tablespoons honey mustard
2 slices Wisconsin-aged brick cheese
2 slices Wisconsin 10-year aged cheddar cheese
4 Granny Smith slices, peeled
4-ounces thinly sliced smoked ham
2 slices 1/8-inch thick red onion


Preheat panini grill and spray irons so sandwich will not stick.

Place one slice of rye on your workspace, spread 1/2 tablespoon of honey mustard on bread. Then layer on bread 2 slices of aged brick cheese, apple slices, sliced ham, red onion and aged cheddar. Top with remaining honey mustard sauce and remaining slice of bread.

Place into panini grill at 45-degree angle to ridges on grill. Close the lid and allow to cook for at least 3 to 4 minutes or until cheese begins to melt and the bread has nice browned grill marks.

- courtesy of Scott C. Anderson

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