April 24, 2007

Savory Ham Bites

It has been a wild weather week here in NJ-NY-CT area. We went from 8 inches of rain and 50 degrees to 82 degrees and bright sunshine. Spring has finally come. With all of our weather related happenings there hasn't been much time for baking, so we have been experimenting with new flavors for gluten free sandwiches or savory bite sized crackers.

Our first sampling of savory bites combines Nairn's Oat Crackers* with melted Manchego Cheese on Niman Ranch Applewood Smoked Ham, Granny Smith Apples, Purple Lettuce, and topped with fresh herbs. Each cracker was first topped with either Basil Pesto, Wasabe Mayonnaise or Stone Ground Mustard. Then the other toppings were placed on top. My husband's favorite were those with Wasabe Mayonnaise, but I preferred the ones with the Basil Pesto.

For our second batch, we used the same toppings with the exception of the lettuce and fruit. We used a variety pack of fresh Spring Herbs and Strawberries. Both the Pesto and Wasabe versions were wonderful.

Our last experiment combined melted Raw Milk Sharp Cheddar Cheese on Niman Ranch Smoked Bacon with Spring Herbs, Gala Apple Slices, Wasabe Mayonnaise and Red Pepper Hummus. This was a delightful blend of flavors, both savory and spicy. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this savory bite.

*Nairn's Oat Crackers are wheat free.

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