Ham and vintage cheddar sandwiches with peach relish


  • Serves 8 - 10 people

Leftover ham is the ideal stand-by for unexpected guests. Homemade peach relish, great cheddar and the freshest rye bread make these sandwiches much more than reassigned leftovers. Micro-cress makes a tasty and pretty garnish; wild rocket also works well.

  • 300 gm (1 cup) mayonnaise
  • Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 10 thin slices rye bread
  • 10 thick slices each leg ham and vintage cheddar
  • To serve: micro-chard or micro-cress (optional)
  • Peach relish
  • 125 ml (½ cup) red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp raw caster sugar
  • ½ small Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 small red chilli, finely chopped
  • 3 peaches, cut into thin wedges
01   For peach relish, stir all ingredients except peaches and 60ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, season to taste and bring to the simmer. Add peaches, stir occasionally until just tender (5-6 minutes), then transfer to a jar and refrigerate until chilled. Relish can be made up to a week ahead and will keep in the refrigerator.
02   Combine mayonnaise, lemon rind and juice, and garlic in a bowl, season to taste and refrigerate until required.
03   Spread rye bread with lemon-garlic mayonnaise, then layer with ham and cheddar. Top with a spoonful of peach relish, season to taste and serve scattered with micro-chard or cress.
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