This is a delicious, easy appetizer, and always a hit! Ham and flavoursome cheese are baked inside rolls with a tasty spread mixed from horseradish, cream cheese and sour cream to form delicious grab-and-go twisted sandwiches.
The history of the ham and cheese sandwich has been researched and investigated for a number of years by many culinary thinkers. The most likely origin-story as to who first started to produce a ham, cheese and bread sandwich is mentioned in The Larousse Gastronomique 1961 that notes that an 18th century Irish immigrant called Patrick Connolly who sold a bread dish which: “Combined the remains of pig, cured and sliced with a topping of Leicester cheese and a kiss of egg yolk sauce (a form of mayonnaise) in a round bread roll. The dish was rather unimaginatively known as a Connolly and is still sometimes referred to as this in some parts of the midlands in the UK.”
150 g flour, 10 g fresh yeast, 105 g water, a pinch of salt, olive oil to knead, flour to roll
4 tbsp horseradish sauce, 4 tbsp soured cream, 2 tbsp of mustard (optional), 4 slices of ham, 100 g ricotta/blue cheese, 100 g grated cheddar
Put flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre to pour water in, crumble in the yeast and leave it to froth up (about 10 minutes). Put salt in (on the side, away from yeast) and mix it together into a soft dough. Knead it until elastic on oiled surface, then set aside to rise for about 30-45 minutes.
When risen, divide dough into two equal pieces and roll one dough-ball into a rectangle. Spread horseradish sauce, soured cream (2 tbsp of each) onto the 2/3 of the rectangle, crumble soft cheese on then place 2 slices of ham on the top. Cut long strip-like sections from the filling right to the edges on the remaining third of the rectangle (will end up looking like a comb on the side of the dough). Finally roll it up from the filled end towards the “comb” end, so the cut end will be on the top. Repeat with other piece of dough, the leave it to rise for 20-30 minutes. Bake it on 190C in a pre-heated oven until crispy and golden brown.