The thrifty cook, 294pp.
by Jacki Passmore
Penquin Book, Camberwell Victoria, 2010
Cooking on page 32
I’ve cooked and liked Jacki Passmore’s page-32 recipes twice in the past, so it was easy to be tempted by this at the local library.
Budget cooking is almost always a priority at our house. As a result, I try to buy and cook seasonally and with whatever is on special. But I was even further tempted by the fact that this page-32 recipe called for ham, cheese and banana (or tomato).
I have seven or eight tomato plants going great guns in the garden, so I figured it was time to check out the tomato version of page 32.
Ham, cheese and banana (or tomato) on toasted muffins
2 English muffins
1 banana, mashed, or 4 cherry tomatoes, halved
4 small slices ham
4 squares cheese
Preheat the grill.
Split the muffins and place cut-side down on the grill tray. Grill until golden, then turn and lightly toast the tops. Spread with a little butter.
If using banana, spread evenly over the muffins and top with ham and then cheese; if you prefer tomato, place it on top of the cheese. Season lightly with salt. Grill until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned (about 4 minutes).
How it played out
Canberra is too cold to grow bananas. So with a garden brimming with tomatoes, I made this using some of the larger ones in the bounty.
I did the first toasting in the toaster. Why not? Then added a spread of dijon mustard because I love it. Also added a dash of salt, as well as freshly ground black pepper.
Oh yum, oh yum, oh yum! Poor John and I had this for breakfast and then again for lunch on the same day. Hey, there are six muffins in a bag.
No idea how it would taste with banana, but the tomato version is out of this world. I might even have it again tomorrow.
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