October 04, 2011

Oven-Toasted Ham, Brie and Apple Sandwiches

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There are so many amazing flavors of fall it's hard to pick just one. There have been massive amounts of recipes surfacing since summer left with the best of fall ingredients like pumpkin, maple, butternut squash, apples and always those wonderful, comfy Sunday football favorites like bratworst.

Paul and I have been more than busy the past couple of months and really haven't spent much time together doing the things we love so, in true Paul fashion, he bought tickets last minute for us to head south to West Point for the weekend to see the Army vs. Tulane homecoming football game.

A guy after my own heart {points for Paul}! There is nothing better to me than a crisp fall day out at a football game, plus the drive up the mountian to West Point is absolutly breathtaking.
I wanted to pack lunches for us to bring up to the game because it was just going to be the two of us so I thought rustic fall sandwiches would be a great fix after our pretty drive and before we were on our feet screaming for our Army boys.
It was raining out and we were stuck in a bit of traffic before we got there so it didn't take long once we parked for Paul and I to rip open those sandwiches and chowed down.  
The cheese was still nice and gooey, so perfect.
I was a happy girl.
Randomly we ran into a Major in Paul's unit and she had a great tailgate going on so who were we to decline such a fabulous offer when we were asked to join them.
Hooray Tailgates!!!

I clearly didn't get the memo about the 90% rain forecast for the weekend and was the only one in sight wearing flippers. 
{Just my small way of dragging summer out as long as I can.}
Walking into Michie Stadium, the home of the Army Black Knights, was quite the experience. Being that an enlisted military man we were able to cut the big entrance lines and go right to military entry (very quick) and we were in right away. Walking around up to our seats you couldn't help from getting oober excited with a huge grin across your face because all the camoflage and military uniforms just set the spirits and tone for the game... you knew it was going to be awesome.  
A couple beers, a hearty sandwich and a dry seat to the game... Yup, we're having a great day!
As you can see we also had excellent seats, I think only about 12 rows back from the sidelines so we had the perfect view of the games and could follow every play which was a huge change from the Jets game where if it wasnt for the jumbo-tron you had only a fauge idea where the ball was.

On the 30... and we got the ARMY 1st Down!
Westpoint has one of the most unique ways to play-call during the game. In perfect sync you will see the offense line up, wait, wait, and then drop to a knee to see the changed call.

However, the play calls were all coming from pictures of American figures, Infantries, and military symbols... how cool. Literally they would throw the signs up right before each play and I just thought it to be so very cool.
Half-time, half-time, half-time!
So we had planned on heading over to the Beer Garden for a few freshies at half time until we got a call from Paul's Colonel, who also just so happened to be at the game, to join him and a few other Army guys from his unit at their tailgate.

Directions were as follows:
"Go out of the stadium, up one lot, pass the clean portos to the Scooby Doo van".
Clearly I was hysterical over this.....

So again, after a couple beers and some halftime snacking we headed back into the game because we heard the canon go off which meant they already kicked off.
{canons are so helpful that way}
Army is probably the one and only college football game you can go to where every single scored touchdown canons get shot off. 

{And they are not baby canons either} 

These are massive, stadium rumbling canons that if you dont know they are coming with scare the bejesus out of you... but all in good fun.
Plus, thoughout the game there were numerous honorable mentions, color guard flags, alumni, service men and woman recognitions and every West Point student dressed in uniform supporting and cheering on their team. The experience alone was unforgetable.
We were having such a great day, so of course I had to capture our fun!
Ooops, he wasn't looking.
There we go {...overdramatized, lol} but so happy!
Go Army!

This sandwich screams fall to me and was the perfect packed lunch for a rainy football game but would also be a great take-along to apple picking or to the park for a really comfy causal picnic.

It's simple to throw together and the combined flavors are reason alone to love the fall. The cheesy brie melts over the soft apples and ham and the arugala gives a nice green crisp to each bite. It was like warm fall comfort wrap up in lunch. 
Wrap up a fabulous lunch for good company, sit back, relax and enjoy the leaves falling.

Happy Fall!

Oven-Toasted Ham, Brie and Apple Sandwiches
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño 

Recipe adopted from Fine Cooking

4 med Portuguese sub rolls
7 oz. brie, most of the rind trimmed off and thinly sliced (slice the brie cold)
1-1/2 medium concord apples, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch-thick wedges (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 cup fresh arugala
3/4 lb. low sodium ham, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. whole-grain Dijon mustard

Position a rack in the center of the oven, or toaster oven, and heat to 425°F. Split the sub rolls lengthwise, open them up like a book, and top one side with the mustard and the other with arugala. Then fill the sub bottom up 
with the ham, sliced apples, and then top with the cheese. Set on a baking sheet wrapped up with parchment paper or aluminum foil, and bake until the cheese melts and the bread lightly browns, about 5 minutes.

Cut in half, and serve.



Dee at Deelicious Sweets said...

Oh my ooey gooey goodness! These look awesome and perfect for your day!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme said...

These sandwiches look delicious. We are planning a picnic this weekend since the weather is supposed to be fabulous! These would be perfect to take! Love your football story too! Looks like you had a blast! We are going to a football game this weekend. Can't wait!

Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) said...

This sandwich looks AMAZING! You look so happy.. I would be too if I was eating that!!! Yum :)

Erin said...

What a fun day!! This sandwich looks great - perfect for a pregame lunch!

Joanne said...

What a fun fall day! I'm absolutely convinced that brie and apple were meant for each other...awesome sandwich!

Chocolate Shavings said...

The flavour combo in those sandwiches sounds perfect!