That’s not really true, but it felt like we partied until dawn. My daughter, Thing 1 turned 7 over the weekend and her little sister and a couple of friends got together to toss back a few Capri Suns and wish the girl well. We painted nails, played Twister, watched the new American Girl Movie “Saige Paints the Sky.” I hear it was very dramatic – of course it was. They ran, they played and generally, a good time was had by all four of the girls. I was really tired.
However, what I really want to talk about was the food. Thing 1 considers herself somewhat of a gourmet with a fairly sophisticated pallet. Really. She actually used those words one day and I nearly laughed myself sick. I do have to admit that she is very enthusiastic about food so, I knew that the food for her party would have to be a bit different from the usual pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, etc. I decided that a few safe choices, like assorted chips and veggies with dip, would be good just in case the other girls were not as adventurous as she is, but then I made these killer ham and cheese sandwiches to go along with it. In all of the excitement, I forgot to take pictures, but this is what they look like:
I first heard of this recipe on Food Network one day while watching Homemade in America, with Sunny Anderson. They looked so good, that when my daughter said she wanted ham and cheese sliders for her party, I immediately thought of this recipe and did a Google search. I must warn you that these are absolutely sinful! Nothing low-fat or low-calorie and extremely addictive. To make matters worse, they are very easy. You don’t have to be a cook to make these. They were a hit, particularly with the grown folks. Here is the recipe, but please note that I did make a couple of changes: 1) I also made a batch with roast beef instead of ham and, personally, I like this one better, and 2) I used Swiss cheese instead of Gruyere because it’s milder for younger taste buds.
Sassy Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
- 1 container (8 ounces) cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
- 1 pinch dried thyme
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 2 tablespoons freshly grated onion
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 package (12 count) Hawaiian rolls
- 8 ounces Black Forest deli ham, thinly sliced (or roast beef)
- 8 ounces gruyere, grated ( I used swiss as an alternative)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, chives and thyme. Mix until well combined and set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, onions, Parmesan and Worcestershire sauce. Set aside in a warm spot to keep the butter from solidifying.
Cut all 12 rolls in half. Place the roll bottoms in a 9- by 13-inch pan. Place equal amounts of ham (about 3 slices) on each roll. Top with the gruyere. Spread a generous amount of the chive and cream cheese on the roll tops. Place the tops on top of each sandwich bottom.
Pour the butter mixture over the top of the sandwiches. Cover with foil and bake until the cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Then remove the foil and bake an additional 5 minutes to toast the buns.
These are the perfect party or pot luck food because they are easy to make, easy to eat and easily portable. Although, you may want to limit yourself to making them just once or twice a year because they are definite diet busters. Totally worth it.