Ham and Asparagus Smushi
8 asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 slices hearty rye bread
Butter for spreading
Salt and pepper to taste
8 thin slices deli ham (e.g. Black Forest)
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon chopped chives (optional)
Toss asparagus with oil, salt and pepper. Place on hot grill, covered, for 2 minutes per side. Check often.
Butter each slice of bread and cover with a couple pieces of lettuce. Drape two slices of ham on each sandwich. Put mayonnaise in a plastic kitchen bag and cut a small hole in one corner. Squeeze mayonnaise over the ham. Top with two asparagus spears. Sprinkle with chives (if using) and coarse salt.
Cook's note: Asparagus can be pan-roasted.