An ode to ham – Part Three: The best ham sandwich
1st January 2010

An ode to ham – Part Three: The best ham sandwich

By Sara Photography by Emma

What could be more perfect than a sandwich with ham, watercress, aioli, fresh rocket pesto and crispy fried garlic on grainy bread?  It’s the 1st of January and if you have stored your ham safely (see Laura’s tips on how to get the best out of your Christmas ham in the Leftover vegetable torta recipe), it should still be okay for delicious sandwiches.

I do feel a little silly blogging about a sandwich but this is the kind of food I like to make and eat on holiday.  If you don’t like the sound of my fillings, please replace with your own – I would love to hear what your favourite combinations are!


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  • Ham
  • Watercress (but you can use rocket or baby spinach instead)
  • Aioli
  • Pesto
  • Crispy garlic or onions (I buy this from an Asian supermarket in a little plastic container; alternatively, you could fry your own)
  • Multi grain loaf


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      • 1. Cut bread and spread one slice with aioli and the other with pesto.
      • 2. Arrange ham, watercress and crispy onions or garlic.
      • 3. Eat sandwich.


        1. b.

          i have to ask what bread you are using here… looks divine.

        2. Hi, I used capeseed bread however if you cannot purchase this at your local gourmet bakery, I recommend buying a heavy, grainy loaf.


        3. Kayleigh

          Capeseed bread from Bakers Delight has got to be the best sandwich bread ever! Not bad toasted (slightly burnt..has to be burnt) and then smothered with honey, a sliced banana and sprinkled with cinnamon… the smell of the all the toasty seedy goodness is gorgeous.

          Have you ever been to Kitchenette? I think there’s two of them in Auckland, little cafe deli things, and they served me the most amazing sandwich I have ever eaten in my life. I always bang on about how nice it was, and I always think about it when I get hungry and want a nice lunch, AND i’m sure they used the same Capeseed loaf! You can choose to have your sandwich in a panini, wrap etc and they make it fresh on the spot. If you ever go there, get a summer chicken w/avocado salad in the capeseed bread. Deeee-lish!

        4. Sara

          Thanks Kayleigh,
          I have tried it and I have to agree with you – Capeseed bread is amazing! It toasts so quickly however that I burn it every time. I haven’t been to Kitchenette but I must try it. Thanks for your comment and recommendations.

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