A few years ago, I was fortunate to first have this "sandwich" at a company event and experience The Hobbit Restaurant in Orange County, California.
All guests are invited into the wine cellar to begin the evening. You are handed the evening’s menu and a flute of Hobbit Champagne, which is truly amazing. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres are placed throughout the cellar for you to enjoy while selecting your wine for dinner. (This is where I ever so enjoyed their French Sandwich)
ACT II Guests are invited upstairs to their own table.
Act II includes a shellfish or fish course, followed by a fowl or light meat, and then a salad course. You are then invited to enjoy “intermission” – take a walk, relax on the patios or visit the kitchen to speak with the chefs (Of course, I loved visiting the chefs in their kitchen, while they prepared dinners).
ACT III A return to the table
Ten to fifteen minutes later you are invited to return to your reset table for Act III. A flavorful sorbet is next as a palate-cleanser. The main entrée is served complete with accompanying vegetables. Dessert arrives next, always available with an after dinner list of coffee drinks, liqueurs and fine cognacs.
I had been wanting to recreate this for years, but was just too intimidated. I am so glad I did because it brought back wonderful memories of The Hobbit experience and was actually very easy to make.
Before our fall frost hit, I made this for lunch and we enjoyed it out on our patio one sunny weekend. This sandwich makes a wonderful lunch for guests or equally great to cut it up in small diamond shapes and serve as an appetizer for your upcoming holiday events.
The Hobbit's Famous French Sandwich
Adapted from The Hobbit Restaurant
1 package puff pastry dough (Pepperidge Farm)
1/2 lb., Monterrey Jack shredded cheese (or Swiss cheese)
4 ounces, deli Salami or Ham slices
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Thaw pastry by leaving it out at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.
|Roll out thawed puff pastry sheet. |
Spread mustard over pastry, leaving about 1/2" border around edges.
|Add ham or salami slices on top of the mustard.|
|Cover with shredded monterey jack or swiss cheese.|
|Cover with second sheet of pastry and seal the edges.|
Brush with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tbl. water)
Score top of pastry lightly with a sharp knife, careful not to
pierce the to layer.
|Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes,|
or until golden brown.
Once baked, serve warm.