Jul 15, 2012

Serrano Ham, Mozzarella, Arugula on Olive Ciabatta #SundaySupper

It's Sunday again, so we'll gather around the table to share a recipe and encourage the bonding of families (whatever that might be for you). And we'll try to Beat The Heat in the process with the fantastic Juanita's Cocina as our host. That's our theme for today.

Considering I live in the southern hemisphere and are travelling through winter (a rather mild one, but still), and anticipating what I thought would be lots of ice cream, icy drinks and salad recipes, I decided to go on another direction. 

Sandwiches are very popular food, and when you take the time and care to prepare a good one, caring for the little details, it can be exactly what the doctor ordered. And who am I to argue with the doctor?
This sandwich is one of my favourites when I'm in the mood for prosciutto. In this case I found Serrano ham and just couldn't say no. It has a subtle yet very particular flavour, lightly salted and begging to be eaten right away.

Here it's layered with fresh mozzarella, the kind you pull apart with your fingers, sun dried tomatoes (or oven slow roasted ones) and fresh arugula. On an olive ciabatta, crunchy from a quick encounter with the toaster and a drizzle of olive oil, it's the perfect lunch. Or picnic fare.

How will it help you beat the heat? Well, it will provide you with a little of everything. 
The ham and olives will get you some needed salt into the body, you know after sunny days by the pool or the sea, lucky you, the mozzarella and arugula will give freshness and crunch and the tomatoes will balance all the flavors. And the bread? Oh, that's welcome come heat, rain or shine.

If you use plain focaccias, add some crushed olives to the filling. Or not. It's up to you. I used the olive ones that were in the freezer.



Serves 2


2 olive focaccias
7 oz. (200g) Serrano ham, thinly sliced
4 oz. (120g) fresh mozzarella, pulled apart with your fingers
1 bunch arugula, washed and thoroughly dried
6 sun dried tomatoes
Olive oil


Put tomatoes in small bowl and pour boiling water to cover them. Set aside while you prepare the rest.
Open focaccias in half, and toast them lightly. You can skip tosting them if they are very fresh.
Squeeze the tomatoes and chop them.
On the bottom half of bread layer half of the ham, half of the cheese, and half the tomatoes. Add half the arugula and drizzle with olive oil. Close with the top half of the bread. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients.

The #SundaySupper group is bringing all sorts of amazing recipes to the table today. I bet it will be hard to choose only one, right?
So check them out and let´s beat the heat!

Wine Pairings Provided By: ENOFYLZ

Refreshing Chunky Shrimp Salsa ~ The Weekend Gourmet
Totally Cool Green Hummus ~ My Kitchen and I
Smoked Whitefish Salad Bagel Bites ~ Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Watermelon and Goat Cheese Bites ~ Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence
Strawberry Gazpacho ~ Diabetic Foodie
Grilled Loaded Baked Potato Skins ~ In the Kitchen with KP
Sweet & Tangy Chili Lime Fruit Salad ~ Sue’s Nutrition Buzz

 Salads, Soups, & Sides:
Cool Cucumber Salad ~ Momma’s Meals
Lemony Garbanzo Kale Salad with Tuna ~ Shockingly Delicious
Hungarian Cucumber Salad Recipe – Uborkasaláta Recept ~ The Watering Mouth
Tomato Salad with Macadamia Cheese ~ Cooking’s Good Vegetarian Cafe
Char-Grilled Corn Salad ~ The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Chilly Dilly Cucumber Soup with Shrimp ~ Comfy Cuisine
Mom’s Creamy Pea Salad ~ Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
Greek (Yogurt) Potato Salad ~ Family Foodie

 Main Dishes:
Rainbow Slaw with Steak and Chipotle Crema ~ Cooking By The Seat of our Pants
Rolling with Kimbap ~ Kimchi Mom
Ranch Chicken Tacos ~ Pippi’s In The Kitchen Again
Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ~ Supper for a Steal
No-Cook Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream ~ Chocolate Moosey
Peach Sorbet ~ Magnolia Days
Gluten-Free Cookie Dough Ice Cream ~ No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
Icebox Chocolate Pie ~ Doggie at the Dinner Table
Honey and Elderflower Ice Cream ~ Small Wallet Big Appetite
Blackberry Lavender Popsicles ~ Girlichef
Frozen Chocolate Bananas ~ In the Kitchen with Audrey
Strawberry-Lime Margarita Ice Cream ~ Cookistry
Elegant Fruit Jellies ~ Happy Baking Days
Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches ~ That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream ~ Baker Street
Vanilla Peach Swirl Frozen Yogurt ~ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts
Espresso and Toasted Almond Semifreddo ~ The Messy Baker
Mango Ice Cream ~ Queen’s Notebook
Raspberry Mousse ~ Basic and Delicious
White Apricot & Honeysuckle Sorbet ~ Family Spice
Biscoff Ice Cream Cupcakes ~ Juanita’s Cocina

 Drinks & Cocktails:
Shirley Temple ~ Cravings of a Lunatic
Prickly Pear White Wine Spritzer ~ Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Classic Daquiri ~ Katherine Martinelli
Salty Lassi ~ Soni’s Food for Thought
Blueberry Mint Lemonade ~ Pescetarian Journal
Sweet Basil & Cucumber Melon Smoothie ~ Daily Dish Recipes


  1. Oh this would make for such a fantastic meal, Paula! Love that you added sundried tomatoes! :)

  2. WOW this looks like the perfect sandwhich for me!!!!!!

  3. Now, this is my kinda sandwich! Thank you for participating in this week's #SundaySupper!

  4. What a wonderful Sandwich.... one that I must try! Thank you so much for sharing during #SundaySupper.... I am so glad you are part of our group!

  5. Oh my goodness!!All my favorites in one ham,arugula,mozzarella and ciabatta!I so want a bite of this right now :)

  6. As Soni said, this is all my favorites in an AH-MAZING sandwich!

  7. This would be great for a picnic, too! YUM!

  8. My mouth started watering when I saw the first photo! Serrano ham, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes - YUM!

  9. You can't beat a good sandwich! Love the flavor combo here!

  10. You have a winner here with sandwich combo!

  11. Mmmmm I have become quite the sandwich person this summer this is a great addition!

  12. I can't bear to look at the photos, these serrano ham, mozzarella, arugula on ciabatta is divine! Thanks for sharing your Sunday Supper !

  13. Great sandwich! I could eat this every day. I will have to look for olive foccacia or make one so I can have it for this sandwich.

  14. Gorgeous sammie! I make one close to this w/ prosciutto instead of serrano - but I would devour this, too. Yum!

  15. What a great combination! Those photos make me so hungry...

  16. Just a beautiful combination - and the photos really show it off! And it IS perfect to beat the heat... or to help you get your mind in a summer state, even though it is winter for you! ~ David

  17. Holy cow this looks so delicious! We are totally having sandwiches for dinner.

  18. This sandwich looks so good. I love the combination of flavors.

  19. Such a great looking sandwich…I would love to be eating this for my dinner tonight!

  20. Delicious! I'll probably have to use plain ciabatta, but I love olives so I'll probably throw some tapenade on it.

    Yummy and thanks for sharing!

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com

  21. Oh yum, this looks perfect! Reminds me of being in Italy.

  22. Yummy ! Looks Delish and you take gorgeous pics ! Love the sun dried tomatoes!

  23. This sandwich looks delicious and a perfect alternative to a hot dinner.

  24. Oh wow, this is one stunning sandwich. You knocked this one out of the park.

  25. I love every bit of this sandwich, but you really won me over by using an olive focaccia! YUM. Fabulous #SundaySupper sandwich!!!

  26. That is one serious sandwich! Love it!

  27. What a tasty and simple looking sandwich. The best kind for Sundays!

  28. It's breakfast hour right now...I should be eating cereal or pancakes...but, I don't mind having that sandwich for breakfast...mouth-watering! Great photos...


  29. I'm obsessed with yummy sandwiches!


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