Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread?

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BelleReve
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Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 3:54 PM
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I love homemade grilled ham and Swiss, which I usually make on toasted Pepperidge Farm dark pumpernickel  but this last time I switched to PF's seeded Jewish rye, and didn't like it  that much.  I found it didn't have a strong enough rye flavor, and it was dry even with an advanced expiration date.
 
Please help me with some recommendations for other rye bread brands, or other bread choices for a ham and Swiss. 

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 4:02 PM
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Since you're in NOLA, what about the bread used for a muffuletta?  It seems like it would grill up nicely.
 
Beefsteak is my usual choice for storebought rye because it's a common product, but I also like the S. Rosen breads when I can find them.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 4:44 PM
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BelleReve


I love homemade grilled ham and Swiss, which I usually make on toasted Pepperidge Farm dark pumpernickel  but this last time I switched to PF's seeded Jewish rye, and didn't like it  that much.  I found it didn't have a strong enough rye flavor, and it was dry even with an advanced expiration date.

Please help me with some recommendations for other rye bread brands, or other bread choices for a ham and Swiss. 

Good sourdough works nicely!
 

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 4:55 PM
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For supermarket-bought rye I'll second Beefsteak -- the seeded rye, not the seedless version.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 5:25 PM
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Since you're in NOLA, how 'bout a buttered and grilled Po Boy roll, then put ham & cheese on it and stick it open faced under a broiler to melt the cheese.
I'm sure there's a Mom & Pop fresh bread bakery somewhere in the area that makes a good loaf of rye bread or a rye bread roll.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 5:33 PM
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They say they make fresh bread:
http://riverbendbakery.com/

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 9:18 PM
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I will agree about Beefsteak rye....good as far as commercial bakeries go......

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Thu, 08/9/12 9:38 PM
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Why the switch from pumpernickel?
I wish someone made a good store brand pumpernickel out this way, but it never seems to have been popular out here in the PNW.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 12:00 AM
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San Francisco Sourdough.....(not the fluffy stuff that gets passed off as sourdough at most places.)

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 12:11 AM
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I've not seen or heard of Beefsteak Rye out here. I sent Hostess Brands an email to see if it's sold in God's Country.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 8:42 AM
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My homemade herb bread, and a pannani press!!

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 9:40 AM
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I can't imagine how it would be better than on sourdough.
 
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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 12:36 PM
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A quality seeded rye

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 1:22 PM
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Foodbme


I've not seen or heard of Beefsteak Rye out here. I sent Hostess Brands an email to see if it's sold in God's Country.

No, it's not here in Georgia..... :)

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 2:40 PM
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Sourdough

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 3:02 PM
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I like that on a hearty wheat bread.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 3:36 PM
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AM i being heretical in adding Dijon mustard?

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 3:51 PM
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Marble rye.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 3:55 PM
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kevincad


Foodbme


I've not seen or heard of Beefsteak Rye out here. I sent Hostess Brands an email to see if it's sold in God's Country.

No, it's not here in Georgia..... :)
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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 4:40 PM
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That combo screams pumpernickel or rye to me. I also support the Beef Steak Rye (seeded). It's a pretty good store bought brand. If you've got a local bakery, tho then I'd check with them. Or you could try your hand at baking your own. Getting a good ham is also a trial. I rather like Sahlen's store bought ham for most things, but I'd rather have a nice bake it yourself smoked ham. Unfortunately, they're getting harder and harder to find. Too many people are satisfied with these precooked hams. Sad.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Fri, 08/10/12 5:41 PM
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Phildelmar


AM i being heretical in adding Dijon mustard?

 
Not for me! Like a good spicy brown as well. I slather both sides of the inside of the bread before I add the cheese and ham.
 
I agree with seeded rye, but any semi-crusty sturdy bread will do.


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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Sun, 08/12/12 11:41 AM
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Here in South Jersey, I go for Ginsberg rye.  I don't know if it available elswhere.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Sun, 08/12/12 2:23 PM
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Thanks for all your tips, Beefsteak and Ginsberg are not  brands I'm familiar with, will have to research, but have an idea they aren't distributed in our area.
 
Screaming Chicken - there are stores that carry muffuletta style bread, but they are large and very dense (think of a hamburger bun on steroids) great for soaking up olive salad mix, but too much bread for other types of sandwiches.  Now, a loaf of regular Italian bread would work, I've seen them rectangular and oval shaped, braided with a seeded top that might be good.
 
Sourdough & dark wheat - excellent choices, didn't think about them.   
 
Foodbme - if wer'e talking about the same thing, those French bread rolls are called pistolettes, and make good sandwiches, great for parties, put a plate of them out, platters of ham, turkey, assorted cheese slices, condiments, and everyone makes their own.
 
1bbqboy -  I usually use Pepperidge Farm's dark pump, not just for ham, but good with most sandwich fillings, this time I just wanted to change things up. 
 
Lindseyup67 & Root-Beer Man  - homemade breads sound wonderful, actually on my "To Do" list for the fall, baking bread, and I miss cornbread and biscuits, but just too hot right now to think of using the oven.   
 
Phildelmar - dijon's fine, I use mayo on one half, either dijon or Zatarain's Creole mustard on the other, which I've heard you can get at Whole Foods, though probably any brown, coarse-grained mustard might do as well.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Mon, 08/13/12 7:52 AM
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Seed rye w/ yellow mustard.

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Mon, 08/13/12 8:43 AM
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I would use a seeded rye and the mustard idea sounds delicious!

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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Mon, 08/13/12 10:06 AM
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RF'er Docbigsky, has a place up in MT that serves a BODACIOUS Grilled Cheese:
It's worth the price of a plane ticket to go get one! http://www.buckst4.com/
Bison Meatloaf Grilled Cheese
Smoked Cheddar and Swiss Cheese, Slabs of Hearty Meatloaf, Home-made Smoked Tomato Catchup, Onion Straws on Thick Cut Sourdough, Served with Hand-cut Montana Fries!!!
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Re:Grilled ham and Swiss on what type of bread? - Mon, 08/13/12 10:59 AM
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I like to make grilled sandwiches on potato bread.