Midday Fix: Poland on a Plate’s Basia Brown makes ham and mushroom zapiekanki

Basia Brown
Poland on a Plate
http://polandonaplate.com

Event:
Polish Constitution Day Parade
May 3
11:30 a.m.
Columbus Drive
Chicago

Ham and Mushroom “Zapiekanki” with Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette
Serves 4

Ingredients:
8 thin slices Krakus Polish Ham
1 French baguette, cut in half and then cut in half horizontally for 4 pieces
4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, equal parts halved and whole
1 shallot, diced
4 ounces Asiago cheese, freshly grated
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil, plus extra
salt and pepper
unsalted butter
chives, for garnish

Directions:
Separate pint of cherry tomatoes into two halves. Keep one part whole, cut rest in halves. Add oil to lightly coat bottom of a wide pan over medium heat. Add diced shallots to pan and cook for about 4 minutes, or until they have softened and look translucent. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add cherry tomatoes to pan with shallots. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook the tomatoes and shallots for another 4 minutes. When tomatoes start to release juice, take a spoon and mash some of the tomatoes. Make sure to keep some in wholes intact so that your sauce has some texture to it. Remove the tomato/shallot pan from the heat and add 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar and 2 Tbs. olive oil. Stir to combine and leave to cool.  Add 1 Tbs. unsalted butter to a separate pan over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms to pan; season with salt and pepper. Sauté mushrooms for 3-5 minutes or until softened and slightly browned. Remove pan from heat. Layer 2 slices of Krakus Polish ham on each baguette. Top the ham on each baguette with approximately 2 Tbsp. of sautéed mushrooms. Sprinkle an even layer of shredded Asiago cheese over the ham and mushrooms. Arrange baguettes on a baking sheet, and place under broiler (or toaster oven) for 5-7 minutes. Check after 5 minutes to ensure they don’t burn. Remove zapiekanki from oven. Top with roasted tomato vinaigrette and chives.

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