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Author Notes: This is a sandwich that finishes with a cabbage, beet, and apple slaw on top of a dressing over the meat on lightly buttered multigrain bread. Usually in Germany an open face "brot" is a typical evening meal. I have created an American version suitable for luncheon travel here. I have shown this with two different types of ham here. My favorite photo is the one of the first stage of layering this sandwich. I also like eating it this way as an open face sandwich. —Sagegreen
- 1/2 pound premium, authentic smoked if possible, Black Forest ham, sliced thinly
- unsalted premium butter for bread slices
- 1/4 cup finely grated raw red cabbage
- 1/4 cup grated fresh cooked beet
- 1/4 cup grated crisp apple, jonagold or honey crisp
- 1 tablespoon finely minced red onion
- 10 gherkins, julienned
- 1 tablespoon finely grated celeriac
- 1 tablespoon finely grated fresh fennel
- 2 tablespoons chopped premium dried cranberries
- pink himalayan salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- cooked beet greens, chopped, optional
- 2 teaspoons champagne or pear vinegar
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Russian mustard
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
- 4 slices of multigrain artisan bread, the kind you love
- 8-10 gherkins for side garnish
- Toss the grated cabbage, beet, apple, onion, celeriac, fennel, cranberries, lemon juice and vinegar together with salt to taste. Let this sit for at least half an hour.
- Combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, dill, and mustard together.
- Evenly spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread for flavor and to keep the bread from getting soggy.
- Add the sliced ham on top of the bottom slice for each sandwich. Spread the sour cream/mayo dressing generously on top of the ham.
- Strain the cabbage topping from any liquid and spoon on top of the sour cream dressing. Add optional cooked chopped greens if desired. Add more sour cream/mayo dressing if desired on top of the cabbage mix and julienned gherkins. Add the top slice of buttered bread. Serve with gherkins.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Brown Bag Lunch
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