I found this potato – leek soup on David Lebovitz’s blog. It was wonderful with the sandwich. This may be one of my favorite lunches.
Butter, leeks, home-made chicken stock (the recipe calls for water, but I figured a couple of cups of stock substituted for some of the water wouldn’t hurt), bay leaves and thyme, russet potatoes (had some sitting around), white pepper and chili powder.
Sweating the leeks in the butter.
Simmering until the potatoes are tender.
Buzzed with an immersion blender.
Gruyere (got it sliced into “sandwich slices” at the charcuterie counter), sourdough bread, honey-baked ham I had vacuum-sealed and frozen from Christmas.
Two layers of cheese and ham.
Microplaned a bit of cheese on top of the skim of butter.
Baked, then broiled a bit to brown the cheese. It’s wonderful that something so simple can be so good.