April 8th, 2012
Recipe Developed by Paula Bowman
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Arrange bread in a single layer on a rimmed sheet pan and toast in oven, flipping once, until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat, keep toast on sheet pan and set aside. Preheat broiler to high.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan set over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and nutmeg and stir with a wooden spoon for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk and cook, stirring, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 2 minutes. Add ½ cup cheese, stir well and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread a thin layer of cheese sauce (about 1 tablespoon) over each slice of toast. Cover with a slice of ham, followed by another even layer (about 3 tablespoons) of cheese sauce. Arrange basil and tomato slices on top of cheese sauce, season tomatoes with salt and pepper and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup cheese. Place under broiler, 6 inches from heat and cook until sauce is bubbling and cheese is golden brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.
In a bowl, toss arugula, olive oil, lemon zest and juice together until well coated. Season with salt and pepper, divide mixture among 4 plates and serve alongside hot sandwiches.
Nutrients per serving (based on 4 servings): 483 calories, 21 g fat, 25 g protein, 3 g fiber, 49 g carbohydrates. Excellent source of vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B12, folate, calcium, zinc. Good source of vitamin B6, magnesium, iron.