Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Thanks to my mother-in-law, we had about a pound of leftover ham from Easter. There are probably a ton of things you can do with leftover ham, but I love these sandwiches. When I was younger, my mom always had a batch of these in the freezer for a quick lunch or snack. Mine are a little different from hers but the concept is still the same. She always used those yummy potato rolls, so you could definitely swap those here if you can find them. I used wheat hamburger buns from our grocery bakery that Chris says "aren't too wheaty". These are great for kids too.

Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 8

  • 1 lb of ham, sliced how you like it
  • 8 hamburger buns or 12 smaller potato rolls
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 2 TBSP finely diced onion (I just sliced off the end, peeled it and chopped it)
  • 1/3 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp poppyseeds
  • 3/4 lb sliced swiss cheese
  1. Preheat your oven or toaster oven to 375.
  2. Heat the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  3. When it's melted, add the onion.

  4. Cook onions for 2-3 minutes until they're translucent (silky and clear) but not brown.
  5. Add poppyseeds, yellow mustard and about 1/2 tsp salt.
  6. Stir together and remove from heat.
  7. Slice the cheese using a knife or the large blades of a grater.

  8. Split your buns or potato rolls and spread the mustard mixture on one side.
  9. Add the ham on top of the mustard and top with the cheese.

  10. Wrap each sandwich in foil. If you want to freeze any of them, now is the time.

  1. Cook fresh sandwiches, wrapped in foil for about 15 minutes.
  2. Cook frozen sandwiches, wrapped in foil for 35-40 minutes. To speed up the process, unwrap the sandwiches from foil and microwave for a couple of minutes on medium heat until the ham is thawed throughout. Then, re-wrap in foil and heat in the oven for 10 minutes or so.
  3. Sandwiches are done when cheese is melted all the way through and ham is warmed through.

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