Ham Panini with Provolone and Caramelized Onions

Ham is probably one of  the most popular foods that people serve on Easter. And just like the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, there are always a lot of leftovers when it comes to ham.

We served a 9-pound ham Sunday, and as I suspected, we had a pile of meat left over, even after giving all of our guests some to take home. ( Leftover ham should be used with five days of serving.)

For starters, I plan on making some bean soup with the ham bone and some of the meat. After that, there might be a casserole in the making (ham and pasta go well together) and maybe an omelet with some cheese, peppers, mushrooms and onion.

But what I’m really looking forward to is a nice ham sandwich, using the following recipe that caught my attention today. Not only is the sandwich topped with some nice provolone cheese, it also has fried onions, avocado and mixed greens.

Ham Panini with Provolone and Caramelized Onions
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 large onion, peeled, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 16-ounces French baguette or other favorite bread
Mixed field greens
½ cup favorite condiment
½ pound thinly sliced leftover baked ham
4 slices provolone cheese (about ½ ounce each)
1 avocado, cut in half, pitted and sliced
1/8 teaspoon sea salt and garlic seasoning or favorite seasoning
Have ready a panini maker, grill pan or tabletop grill.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion slices and cook until just beginning to turn golden brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with the brown sugar and continue cooking until onions are completely softened. Set aside.
Cut the bread into 4 even pieces. Spread 1 tablespoon of the ham sauce on each piece of bread. Top with some field greens, ham slices and 1 slice of cheese for each sandwich. Top with caramelized onions and avocado slices. Top with bread. Brush the bread all over with some olive oil and sprinkle with the sea salt and garlic seasoning. Place on the panini maker or tabletop grill and press down. Cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Remove and serve.
Yield: Serves 4 (large sandwiches).
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 657 calories, 35 percent of calories from fat, 26 grams fat (8 grams saturatred), 76 grams carbohydrates, 30 grams protein, 891 milligrams sodium, 63 milligrams cholesterol, 136 milligrams calcium, 6 grams fiber.

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