MADISON, Wis., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The ham and cheese sandwich -- America's second most frequently made in home kitchens, according to NPD research -- is getting an update. Specialty cheeses, from ethnic varieties to flavored slices, are teaming up with ham -- thin sliced, cut in chunks or hand-carved -- for taste combinations that are a welcome, contemporary variation on the classic theme. "Wisconsin specialty cheeses are enjoying enormous growth and popularity as Americans seek new, bolder flavors," said Marilyn Wilkinson, director of National Product Communications for the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). "Sandwiches are a natural for these cheeses since they're easy and quick to fix for a homey meal. Pairing them with convenient, premium ham is a boon to busy cooks," Wilkinson says. "Complementing the combination is the widening array of artisan-style breads, available in almost any supermarket," she added. There's no doubt America loves sandwiches. The International Deli Dairy Bakery Association reports U.S. adults eat an average of 4.1 sandwiches a week. Only peanut-butter sandwiches out rank ham and cheese in home preparation, according to Harry Balzer from NPD. With such popularity, sandwich seekers are bound to be searching for something different and innovative. That's why WMMB and Jones Dairy Farm, a six-generation, family-owned Wisconsin-based producer of quality hams, Canadian bacon and all natural sausage, got together to offer these up-to-date sandwich recipes featuring specialty Wisconsin cheeses and a variety of Jones Dairy Farm products: Sharp Sweet Ham & Cheese -- Horseradish Cheddar, ham slices, sourdough bread layered with mango chutney, sweet apples and spinach New Cuban Ham & Cheese -- Swiss and Provolone on a French roll with Canadian bacon and thin sliced deli-style ham Ham & Cheese with a Twist -- Ham slices, Gouda and Dill Havarti slices, caramelized or red onions topping a pretzel roll or marbled rye bread Grilled Ham, Brie & Blue -- Apricot or peach jam spiking Brie and Blue cheeses and thin ham slices encased in country bread Ham & Cheese Spirals -- Diced ham and Wisconsin Gruyere rolled in frozen puff pastry "What's amazing is that despite the growing number of food options out there coupled with the consumer's constantly changing palate, the ham and cheese sandwich continues to be a family favorite," said Philip Jones, president of Jones Dairy Farm and a Paris-trained chef. "This popularity made our partnership with the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board to develop new and creative ways to enjoy this American classic a no-brainer." These sandwich recipes, along with other Jones Dairy Farm and Wisconsin Cheese recipes, are available on WMMB's Web site, http://www.wisdairy.com , the Jones Dairy Farm Web site, http://www.jonesdairyfarm.com , and in selected supermarkets throughout the country through September. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, a nonprofit organization funded by the Wisconsin dairy producers, promotes the awareness and consumption of Wisconsin cheese and other dairy products. Jones Dairy Farm products have the old-fashioned quality and flavor one would expect from a company that's been around since 1889. The company produces high quality breakfast sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, bacon, liver sausage and scrapple that is sold worldwide.
SOURCE Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board