Charlotte recipes usually are a sweet concoction with apples as the predominant flavor. But taking this classic New England dessert and transforming it into a savory dish, with apricot flavor, is a great idea!
Of course, a panini press works wonders as well, but not many have one readily available. If you don’t have a waffle iron, simply place a small plate over the top of the sandwich and weigh it down with a large can that is heavy enough to press it 50% thinner while cooking. A superior, crispy, crust is what you are striving for.
- 3 tablespoons apricot preserve
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 4 pieces sliced rye bread, or whole wheat
- Cooked, smoked ham, sliced thin
- 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup sliced pickles of your choice
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1 Grease waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray and preheat. When ready, spread half of the preserves on 1 slice of bread.
- 2 Top with as much ham as desired, then half the cheese and half the pickles.
- 3 Add the desired amount of black pepper and spread half the mustard onto another slice of bread and put on top.
- 4 Liberally spray both sides of the sandwich and place in the waffle iron.
- 5 Slowly close the lid, pressing gently until the sandwich is half as thick.
- 6 Cook about 5 minutes, or until dark brown and very crisp.
- 7 Remove and continue with the remainder of Charlotte ingredients. Serve very hot