House Sitting 101 – Potato Cheese Sandwiches 3

House sitting can go one of two ways. I know. I’ve done a lot of it. It’s either a horrible inconvenience or a mini paid vacation. You’re either jumping at the shadows or sliding across the hardwood floor in your stocking feet while jamming to the latest country hits. Yeah, I listen to country. What of it?

House sitting gets tricky when you realize you left your computer’s power cord at home in the middle of a project due in the next few hours; it is frustrating when you notice the shoes you grabbed are black, not brown; and it tests you when you discover there are no pots, pans, or knives in the kitchen and you brought raw potatoes for dinner.

Scratch that. You realize there are three knives. Their blades are equivalent to butter knives with a slight hint of a serrated edge. Lucky for you, those knives slice potatoes. You are back in business.

So you keep jamming to country and throw together Potato Cheese Sandwiches. You may have to put the dance part on hold and get some more work done, but who says you have to do it without a snack? These crispy potatoes are filled with melting cheese and salty ham. If potato chips and a grilled ham & cheese sandwich had a baby, this would be it. Your mini vacation never felt so good.

Potato Cheese Sandwiches
Serves 2

1 medium Yukon Gold potato, scrubbed clean
Salt and pepper
Non-stick cooking spray
2 ounces cheese (I used pepper jack, but any good melting cheese will do)
2 slices deli ham

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with a cookie sheet inside.

Slice potato into 12 slices the long way (about an 1/8 of an inch thick). Coat potato slices with salt and pepper to taste.

Once oven has finished pre-heating, use an oven mitt to remove the cookie sheet. Coat the cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Spread potato slices in one even layer on the cookie sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes, until slices are crisp and brown.

While baking, slice cheese and ham into 6 equal portions.

Remove browned potatoes, add cheese and ham to 6 of the potato slices. Top each potato, ham, and cheese pile with an unadorned slice. Return to oven for another 2 minutes to allow cheese to melt. Remove, allow to cool slightly and serve.

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About Mikaela Cowles

I’m a food-gobbling, book-reading, aspiring photog. Born and raised in Seattle, I love dancing in the rain, bouquets of fresh basil and green grass between my toes. I like how kneading butter into flour makes my fingers soft. I’m passionate about all things sweet potato. I prefer my coffee black, my scotch on the rocks and my steak bloody. I hunt, when I have time; play basketball; and hike. I’ve been known to laugh so hard I hyperventilate. And, I’m the owner of Making Language Count, a boutique freelance writing business.

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