Ham and Goat Cheese Pretzel Sandwich

Today is National Pretzel Day, making me wish I lived close to a Hannah’s Bretzel. Have you ever been? It’s this amazing sandwich chain with multiple locations in the city. I am OBSESSED! Every single sandwich is made with pretzel bread, (can you hear the choir angels singing?) and not just any old pretzel bread, the best I’ve ever had. Their bread is soft and flavorful, and never overpowers the contents of the sandwich.

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Because it would be a tad bit ridiculous to drive all the way into the city for a sandwich, I decided to make one at home to satisfy my craving for the chain. Before I start describing the insides, I can’t stress enough how important it is to find fresh pretzel bread if you end up making this sandwich. Our local grocery store sells homemade pretzel bread, but I made the mistake of letting it sit around our house for a day when I should have used it right away. I’d highly recommend asking your bakery what day/time they typically bake the bread before purchasing. I promise it makes all the difference!

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Let’s talk about the good stuff… this pretzel sammie is filled with very thin slices of apple-wood smoked ham, whipped goat cheese, jalapeno jam and arugula. The thinly sliced ham adds just enough substance and the goat cheese and jam add a creamy kick to top it all off. I love the crunch and the pepperiness (I know, not a word) of the arugula – it finished the sandwich off perfectly!

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So, before I end this post, I do have to give credit to my husband for telling me to add jalapeno jam. He’s so brilliant, right? I’ll leave it up for you to decide if he made me put this disclaimer in here.

If you end up making this sandwich, don’t forget to tag #marinamakeseats!

Ham and Goat Cheese Pretzel Sandwich

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 pretzel buns or rolls
  • 1/4 pound of very thinly sliced apple-wood smoked ham (more if you like a lot of meat on your sandwich)
  • 2 oz of goat cheese, softened and whipped with a whisk
  • Jalapeno jam (or any type of pepper jam)
  • 1 1/2 cups of arugula

Directions

Cut the pretzel bread in half (make sure it’s fresh) and spread a couple of tablespoons of whipped goat cheese at the bottom of each roll. Top goat cheese with a couple of teaspoons of jalapeno jam. Spread evenly over the sandwich.

Finally, add the thinly sliced ham, and top with arugula.

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