for as long as i can remember, there has been a big spiral cut ham for our christmas celebrations. when i was little, it was always at my cousins’ house on christmas eve. as i got older, they branched out some years and served other meats. not wanting to celebrate christmas without the traditional ham, though, my mom started getting a ham for our smaller family gathering on christmas day. …which inevitably lead to having ham for dinner two nights in a row some years, when the cousins served one too.
luckily tradition was only part of the motivation for my mom to serve ham (too): she wanted the leftovers! invariably though, even after she’s made a big batch of her split pea soup with ham, there is still a bunch of leftover ham. with that in mind, i came up with the idea to repurpose the orange infused fig biscuits that we talked about last week.
fortunately, unlike the biscuits these sandwiches are based on, these fig biscuit sandwiches with ham were delicious nearly right out of the gate. the only trick was that because the first time i made them, i was still putting cheddar in the biscuits, i didn’t initially put any goat cheese in these sandwiches. once i ditched the cheddar, though, i knew exactly what i had to do.
oh, and one other note, if you don’t find yourself with a large leftover spiral ham, these fig biscuit sandwiches are equally delicious with sliced deli ham. given that i don’t tend to buy gigantic hams for my husband and i to chow down on on a tuesday in october, that was how i made these sandwiches to test the recipe. and honestly, the other ingredients are so tasty, i bet this would make a pretty decent vegetarian sandwich, as long as you weren’t set on having protein in the sandwich.
all of this is to say, you don’t *have* to have a huge holiday ham to bestow leftovers on you in order to enjoy these sandwiches. but if you do have a small mountain of leftover ham threatening to topple over in your fridge, well, here’s an alternative to the omnipresent split pea soup.
nutrition facts are per sandwich