Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
There’s a little recipe of mine that has made its way around the interwebs thousands of times. People love it. They pin it like crazy (to the tune of 100,000 times and counting), especially around the holidays, and definitely as football season gets going.
It seems fitting that I share it with you, too.
Because parties, and Thanksgiving, and tailgating, and celebrations, and, well…dinner, too.
You may have already seen it, or a version of it. It’s not an (a)Musing Foodie original, though I’ve made my own tweaks, of course. I heard about the recipe from a friend, who made it after a neighbor of hers had it at a party, and who knows where it showed up before that. It was before the days of Pinterest and Yummly, when recipes were written on — gasp! — paper, and delivered by hand or via email.
It’s my baked ham and cheese sandwiches, also known as hot ham and cheese sandwich casserole.
The beauty of these sandwiches is that they’re really easy to put together, and they totally feed a crowd. Make one or two or three trays, and suddenly you’re prepared for loads of hungry friends, or your teen’s buddies, or a never-ending gathering of family and distant relatives the day before a Thanksgiving feast.
What makes these the best, is that as they bake, the Dijon butter sauce soaks into the buns, mixing perfectly with the oozing cheese.
It’s dreamy, really.
You can also get creative and build your own flavor combos, like: roast beef and cheddar, turkey and Provolone, or portobello and mozzarella (we’ve got you covered, vegetarian friends!).
Point is, they’re delicious. And you’ll make them over and over and over. And your friends will love you for it.
- 2 24-packs King’s Hawaiian Rolls (the small rolls)
- 1 pound shaved ham
- 24 slices Swiss cheese
- 1½ sticks butter
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried onions
- 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
- Slice the King’s Hawaiian rolls in half. Line the bottom of two 9X11 baking pans with the bottom halves of the rolls, 24 in each pan (they should just fit). Spread the ham over the rolls, and then layer the Swiss cheese on top. Place the other halves of the rolls on top. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dried onions. Over medium heat, stir until the butter has melted to create the sauce. Pour equal parts of the sauce over top of the rolls, and then sprinkle the tops with the poppy seeds. Cover the pans tightly with aluminum foil, and then refrigerate for at least three hours – or overnight (better).
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the covered baking dishes in the oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese has finished melting. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 48 mini sandwiches.