Put together this combination the night before and refrigerate to give the flavours time to mellow.
- Portion size 6 servings
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 6 slices French bread (1 in/2.5 cm thick)
- 6 dill pickles thinly sliced
- 6 ham
- 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese (about 8 oz/250g)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
In small bowl, cream together butter and garlic. Spread mixture lightly on both sides of bread slices.
Line bottom of 13- x 9-inch (3.5 L) baking dish with single layer of bread slices. Arrange pickle slices on bread; top each with 1 slice of ham.
Combine cheese and stock; spread evenly over top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
While oven is preheating, let casserole stand at room temperature. Bake, uncovered, in 350°F (180°C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and edges of bread start to brown. If desired, place under broiler for a few minutes to brown bread more. Sprinkle with pepper to taste and serve immediately.