Friday, June 8, 2012

Ham N' Cheese Garden Loaf

(I was too busy eating this recipe to catch a picture, so this one from the Internet will have to do for now. It is similar but not exact.)

Need something fast, satisfying and fairly healthy for dinner?
How about a quick ham and cheese loaf that involves fresh vegetables?
I have spinach coming on in my garden so that was added as a whim and made a huge improvement on taste!

2 boxes Jiffy pizza crust mix
2 teaspoons Mrs. Dash seasoning
3-4 tbs ranch dressing
8 big ol' slices of ham
2 cups shredded cheese
25-30 fresh spinach leaves
2 thinly sliced Roma tomatoes

First; combine the Mrs.Dash with the dry pizza crust mix. Then add one cup hot tap water, (as on the box directions) and mix until moist.
Put the dough in a warm place (about 85 degrees) ((like a warmed oven turned off)) for about 5 minutes until risen slightly.
Flour your counter and knead a few times.
Roll the dough into an oblong oval about 1/2 inch thick and transfer to a cookie sheet.
Spread ranch dressing over entire surface.
Place four ham slices down the center.
Place spinach leaves on ham followed by tomato slices.
Spread cheese over the vegetables then top with remaining four slices of ham.
Fold the ends of the dough over and pinch the ends so nothing leaks during cooking.
The fold the sides up over the innards (love that word) and pinch a seal across the top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until dough is firm and innards (ha!) are hot.
Slice and serve.
A kid-friendly food with benefits!

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