Fancy Ham Sandwiches: Pesto, Prosciutto, and Cream Cheese Spirals! An AWR Original Recipe ©

Posted January 8, 2015 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Chronicles of Narnia (Jan. 2015) / 4 Comments

Finding a suitable entree for our Narnia menu was surprisingly difficult. Sure, Lucy had three kinds of toast with Tumnus, but that’s not really an entree, is it? The Pevensies ate marmalade roll with the Beavers, but that’s almost a dessert (or at best a breakfast). I was starting to feel like I’d exhausted my options when I finally remembered the ham sandwiches the Pevensies eat after meeting Father Christmas. Sure, it’s simple fare, but this is Narnia—everything’s a bit more special here. Plus, Father Christmas can do magic, so I like to think they settled for more than cold meat on bread. These Fancy Ham Sandwiches are my own recipe—authentic Italian prosciutto with two kinds of bread, sweet cream cheese, and colorful pesto!

 

 

 

Fancy Ham Sandwiches

“So down the steep bank they went and back to the cave, and Mr Beaver cut some of the bread and ham into sandwiches and Mrs Beaver poured out the tea and everyone enjoyed themselves. But long before they had finished enjoying themselves Mr Beaver said, ‘Time to be moving on now.'”
— The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 slices soft bread (I used oatmeal bread and pumpernickel)
  • 4-6 tbsp pesto (I highly recommend homemade. I used this recipe, which is pretty easy)
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1-2 oz cream cheese

 

Makes 4 sandwiches

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Roll both sides of each bread slice flat with a rolling pin. With a sharp, clean knife, trim away the crust.

  2. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over one side of each slice, making sure to coat the bread right up to the edges.

    The cream cheese serves two purposes: it mellows out the saltiness of the prosciutto and acts as a seal to prevent the pesto from soaking into the bread. I recommend spreading on one super thin layer to create the seal, then spread on another layer just thick enough that you can’t see the texture of the bread anymore.
  3. Starting from a short end, spread on a thin layer of pesto, but stop when you get 1/2″ away from the other short end. Add your prosciutto, trimming it if necessary to prevent it from extending beyond the pesto. When you’re finished, you should have all your toppings in place, with a 1/2″ wide line of exposed cream cheese down one side.

  4. Starting from the side opposite the cream cheese line, roll your bread tightly enough for the spiral to keep its form but not so tight that you tear the bread. Trim away a bit from each end to better showcase the fillings.

    The line of cream cheese will act as an adhesive to keep your spiral stuck together after you roll.
  5. You’re all done! The sandwiches can start to dehydrate really quickly, so if you’re not going to serve them right away, roll them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store them for one up to one day.
  6. Serve with Apple of Life bites while lunching with Father Christmas in Narnia! 🙂

    These were really easy; each sandwich only took about 3 minutes to construct. And the unique flavor profile was lots of fun! I don’t normally like rye bread, but I think the pumpernickel complimented the other ingredients especially well here.

 

 

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Here’s the Yummly printable!

Fancy Ham Sandwiches: Pesto, Prosciutto, and Cream Cheese Spirals! An AWR Original Recipe ©

Makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 4 slices soft bread (I used oatmeal bread and pumpernickel)
  • 4-6 tbsp pesto
  • 4 slices prosciutto
  • 1-2 oz cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Roll both sides of each bread slice flat with a rolling pin. With a sharp, clean knife, trim away the crust.
  2. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over one side of each slice, making sure to coat the bread right up to the edges.
  3. Starting from a short end, spread on a thin layer of pesto, but stop when you get 1/2" away from the other short end. Add your prosciutto, trimming it if necessary to prevent it from extending beyond the pesto. When you're finished, you should have all your toppings in place, with a 1/2" wide line of exposed cream cheese down one side.
  4. Starting from the side opposite the cream cheese line, roll your bread tightly enough for the spiral to keep its form but not so tight that you tear the bread. Trim away a bit from each end to better showcase the fillings.
  5. You're all done! The sandwiches can start to dehydrate really quickly, so if you're not going to serve them right away, roll them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container in the fridge. You can store them for one up to one day.
  6. Serve while lunching with Father Christmas in Narnia!
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4 responses to “Fancy Ham Sandwiches: Pesto, Prosciutto, and Cream Cheese Spirals! An AWR Original Recipe ©

  1. rudejasper

    These look amazing and and simple and creative all at once! Awesome job taking a very mundane reference in the book and infusing it with the Narnia magic! I think I’m going to have to arrange to make this, on the weekend and enjoy with a pot of tea. It seriously sounds so good with the wind howling outside right now!

    • Thanks! My goal was to make the sandwiches unique without making them too complicated. I’m considering packing some in my lunch today. They take up way less space than a regular sandwich!

      The wind’s howling near us too! Right now I’m steeling my nerves before going to dig out my car. Wish me luck! 😉

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