Monday, January 2, 2012

Easy Weeknight Supper

One of our New Year's Day traditions is to have ham and cheese sliders on our table.  We've been making these before they were actually called sliders.  We just call them "the sandwiches".  As we were snacking away yesterday, my daughter asked why we don't have these any other time.  I really didn't have an answer for her; they are easy to put together, everyone in the family loves them, and they make great leftovers.  I think they would make a great week night supper, especially great for busy families that don't always get to eat at the same time.  I'd add a steaming bowl of your favorite soup or throw together a green salad and call it good. 
Not just for New Year's Da;y!
Photo from The Girl Who Ate Everything
"the sandwiches"
24 King's Hawaiian Rolls (2 pkgs. of 12 or 24 pack from Sam's)
24 pieces good honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese
1/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

Poppy seed sauce
1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Helpful Hint: When you open the rolls, don't pull them all apart into individual rolls.  It makes life easier if you just use a long serrated knife and cut through the middle of them all together. You will have all the roll bottoms and all the roll tops in one piece. It makes assembling the sandwiches go lots faster. You can just cut them apart after they are cooked.

Spread the mayo all over the bottom piece. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss on top of each roll.  Replace the top piece of the rolls. 

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches.  Let sit for about 10 minutes to let the butter kind of soak in to all the crevices. 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.

** sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.
**try them with turkey and/or other cheeses.
**my daughter doesn't eat meat, so I just make hers with double cheese, still delicious!

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