Friday, January 1, 2010

Not your typical Ham and Cheese....

Who doesn't love ham and cheese sandwiches? Who doesn't love to eat foods in a mini version?

I found these cuties on Beantown Baker site. What appealed to me what that they weren't just ham and cheese slapped between some bread. It had a very interesting marinade and her family and friends have been raving over them so I wanted to give them a 'whirl' for New Year's.

Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

from Beantown Baker

1 c (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp grated dried onions
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp honey mustard
2 (12 ounce) packages Hawaiian rolls - or any small rolls like parkerhouse or potato
1 pound cooked ham slices
12 ounces sliced swiss cheese

In saucepan, mix butter, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce & mustard, stir until blended and melted. Pour 1/2 of mixture into bottom of baking dish.

Assemble sandwiches with ham and cheese slices. Arrange rolls in single layer in baking dish, spreading them around to soak up sauce in pan. Pour rest of sauce over tops of sandwiches, cover dish and refrigerate up to 24 hours for suce to soak in.

Preheat oven in 350 degrees, bake rolls for 10-12 minutes until rolls are lightly browned and cheese is melted.

These were awesomely YUMMY. I see now why they were raved about. I would definitely make these again for super bowl!

Cook's Notes:

1. I found the Hawaiian Rolls without a problem but keep in mind that they are on the sweet side. My store had only packages of four and I had purchased 3 of them @ 4 oz each. Meaning I had 12 rolls or only HALF of what the recipe required. You would need to get 24 rolls. Keep this in mind when making the recipe.

2. Use butter only. Do not use things like Smart Balance or margarine (they have water whipped in) and these products will make your bottom bun half soggy. Next time I will stick to butter instead of trying to cut the fat...sometimes you just HAVE to stay true with no substitutions.

3. Be sure to use the thinly sliced DELI ham in you get in packages. We had leftover spiral sliced ham from the holidays and it had too much 'texture' when you bit into it. Granted I only used two slices cut to size figuring the thickness of the bread could handle it...but your teeth sometimes couldn't cut through with ease.

4. As K-man and I were discussing the pros and cons of this recipe (don't get me wrong, these had wonderful flavor, the marinade rocked!) We decided to try this recipe again using corned beef, with same amount of rolls using parkerhouse (less sweet) and HALF of the recipe marinade (we don't need to eat 24 rolls!)

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HoneyB said...

Jenny I love Hawaiian Rolls...tending to like my bread on the sweeter side sometimes. Happy New Year!

Leslie said...

I love anything mini because I can eat like 100 of them and make myself thing I didn't eat a lot. Delusional, I know!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Oooh those do sound good!! I love King's Hawaiian rolls (one thing I miss about Hawaii was getting their sweet bread).

I thought the sliced ham you used looks great!

Ginger said...

THOSE SOUND DELICIOUS! I think I am with you on the rolls. I would be looking for something a little less sweet. These are on my list of "must try!"

Happy 2010 to you and K-Man. I hope that you are having a wonderful break!


Jen said...

So glad you liked these. We absolutely love them. We always use shaved ham from the deli. I like your idea about using corned beef though.