But the Mezzetta "Make That Sandwich" competition is different from these tedious personality contests. It is actually curated. By people who aren't related to me. Because of this, and because I love sandwiches in a big way, I've decided to enter.
Oh, and also because the grand prize is $25,000. So there's that.
The rules are simple: Create an original sandwich using two or more Mezzetta products and submit by September 2. My "Mezze Cristo" is a twist on the classic Monte Cristo sandwich, one of my favorites. The original version is basically a fried ham and cheese sandwich with Dijon, accompanied by a sweet dipping sauce, such as raspberry.
In my version, instead of Dijon mustard I used a combination of Mezzeta's creamy horseradish, crushed garlic, and capers as a sandwich spread. And rather than a sweet fruit sauce, I created a sweet and hot dipping relish using Mezzetta sweet cherry peppers and pickled habanero peppers. I know I'm tooting my own horn here, but this was so incredibly good, and had everything going on - salty, sweet, tangy, hot, umami.
Besides, this is essentially a savory mound of French toast stuffed with meat and cheese. How on earth could that ever be a bad thing?
The Mezze Cristo
2 heaping tablespoons Mezzetta Cream Style Horseradish
1 heaping teaspoon Mezzetta Crushed Garlic
1 tablespoon Mezzetta Capote Capers
4 slices crusty white bread, such as pain au levain
6 slices Black Forest deli ham
4 slices Emmenthal cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup milk
pinch salt & white pepper
1 tablespoon butter
For the dipping relish:
7 Mezzetta Sweet Cherry Peppers, stems removed
1 Mezzetta Habanero Pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 heaping teaspoon sugar (or more, to taste)
pinch of salt
To make the dipping relish, combine all of the ingredients and blend in a food processor or with an immersion blender. Refrigerate while making the sandwiches.
For the Mezze Cristos, combine the Mezzetta horseradish, garlic, & capers. To assemble the sandwich, spread one slice of bread per sandwich with half of the mixture each. Layer 3 slices of ham and two slices of cheese for each, top with the bread and press together. Whisk together the egg and milk, along with a pinch of salt and white pepper, in a shallow bowl. Dunk both sides of the sandwiches in the egg mixture, making sure the bread is thoroughly coated. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and fry the sandwiches until brown and crispy and the cheese has melted, about 21/2 - 3 minutes per side.
They should look like this:
Make this! You will love it. And since I'm not bothering you to vote for me, perhaps I could trouble you to keep your fingers crossed?