Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ham and Swiss Sliders

Knowing that we would have a lot of leftover ham from Christmas dinner, I searched for some recipes that would let us use up the ham without getting bored.  One of the first recipes that I ran across was this recipe for ham sliders.  This recipe used up two of our leftovers: rolls and ham.  We also at leftovers sides with it, so it was a good meal to clean out some of the extras.

Ham and Cheese Sliders
slightly adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything
4 Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
6 slices honey ham, halved
2 slices baby swiss cheese, quartered
1/3 cup mayonnaise

Poppy seed sauce (you probably could half this...I had plenty extra)
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion

1) Spread mayonnaise onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a quarter of Swiss on each side of the roll, and put three of the ham halves in the center. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.

2) In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. You do not have to use all of the sauce! Just use enough to cover the tops. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly.

3) Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes or until tops are slightly brown and crispy. Serve warm.

These sandwiches were awesome.  They were a little bit messy, but so good that you didn't mind licking your fingers using your napkin afterwards.  We didn't have Miracle Whip, so just used mayo, and the flavor was subtle but still there.  The two pieces of swiss provided flavor, but since it was baby swiss, the swiss cheese was less pronounced.  The sauce was what made the whole thing.  The buttery, mustard sauce just tied everything together.  Jacob happily downed three of these and considered making more, but decided to make them the next day for lunch.  He loved them and hopefully this recipe will wipe out the extra ham that we have in the house.

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