I’ve never been a ham and cheese kind of girl, let alone ham and Swiss. (On that note, why is Swiss kind of icky but Gruyere is sooo good?) Anyway, a ham sandwich is something I pretty much never order or make at home. To be honest, the only real reason I made these at all was to have a snack-type food to fit the green eggs and ham concept for Andrew’s Dr. Seuss birthday party. They completely surprised me both with how popular they were at the party, and the fact that I loved them too! A certain brother of mine may have eaten five. Apparently a simple buttery mustard poppy seed sauce is all it takes to make a kind of eh sandwich turn into something much better.
And talk about easy – they are so easy Ben made them, twice. (I don’t mean this negatively towards Ben, but he’s constantly telling me my idea of “easy” in the kitchen is completely different than his.) Basically all this requires is assembling the sandwich, mixing the sauce, pouring over the top and baking briefly to melt the cheese. I put them on the dinner menu last week on a night when I had to work late, and it was the perfect quick meal. Our only change this time around was to simply sprinkle poppy seeds on top rather than add them to the sauce. As you can see in the picture, they were a little clumped the first time we made them. I wanted to get a new picture last week but, well, I ate them before I had the chance. These are definitely an ideal party food because you can assemble them in advance and then just pop them into the oven before serving. I have a feeling these will be on our menu a lot come football season (COME ON, football season!)
Ham and Cheese Sliders
For the sandwiches:
24 slider rolls (mini Hawaiian rolls are also recommended, but I can’t find them in my area)
24 slices honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese
For the sauce:
1½ tbsp. yellow mustard
8 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tbsp. finely minced onion (or 2 tsp. dried minced onion)
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Poppy seeds, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Split the slider rolls and spread the insides lightly with mayonnaise. Fold a slice of ham to fit on each slider bun, and top with a slice of Swiss cheese. Replace the top bun to assemble the sandwiches. Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet.
To make the sauce, combine all ingredients except the poppy seeds in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Drizzle the sauce over the tops of the slider buns. Sprinkle with poppy seeds. Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Remove the foil and bake 2 minutes longer. Serve warm.
Source: slightly adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything