Baked Ham Sandwiches and the Family

Over the holidays we had lots of meals to prepare for lots of people.  By the time New Year’s rolled around, I was pretty much burned out in the kitchen. No pun intended. I still had another round of hosting to do for our family. Those family members who do not live in the Kansas City area head on over for a New Year’s Eve/Family Christmas celebration along with all of us Kansas City family members. Everyone brings a snack or appetizer dish and we have an evening of fun, fireworks, and food.

The cousins get to catch up with each other. The aunts and uncles are catching up with each other. Those who are grandparents, are telling stories about the grandkids. There are phone calls and texts to those family members who live really far away. Friends are texted funny pictures and comments about the evening. We range in age from five to eighty-seven. Pre-school to college. We number way over twenty! Only one decade of age is not represented. Nobody is in their seventies. How did that happen? I’ll tell you, Aunt Rene slipped out of the seventies and turned eighty just a couple of months ago.  That is just a small snapshot of the family.

I am an avid reader of cooking and baking blogs and websites, cookbooks, and magazines. I have the regulars I read and there are many I randomly stumble upon. I have found those to be the best.  You know how it is….you go to a site, there is a reference to another site so you click on it, it will mention another site.  Before you know it you have clicked your way to a tasty treat. Serendipity, in a food sort of way.

That’s how I found these sandwiches. They are called different things in different parts of the country. All parts of the country call them good. I just call them Baked Ham Sandwiches (Great for a Crowd). I made four dozen of these sandwiches and there were two sandwiches leftover. The best thing about them, they are quick and easy.

Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (Great for a crowd)

This recipe is all over the place in web land. I can’t take any credit for the recipe. I can, however, take credit for making them.

King’s Hawaiian Rolls, sliced open

Thinly sliced deli ham, cut or fold the ham to fit the roll. Use one slice or a half slice for each roll.

Thinly sliced Provolone, cut or fold the cheese to fit the roll. I found a half of a slice worked quite well.

The Sauce (one recipe will cover 12 sandwiches)

1/2 cup butter, melted

3 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce

2 tablespoons mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)

Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. That’s it.

Directions for The Sandwiches:

Line the baking sheet with the bottom half of the rolls. Layer each roll with the ham and the cheese.  Place the tops back on.

Pour The Sauce over the rolls, drenching each one. They are ready to bake. (At this point, you can also cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready for them. Do not exceed 24 hours.)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the roll tops are a bit golden. Serve immediately.


You can change these sandwiches up to fit your tastes:

Rolls: King’s Hawaiian Rolls, Egg Rolls, Potato Rolls, Dinner Rolls of any kind.

Meats: Deli ham of any kind, deli turkey, deli beef, whatever you like.

Cheese: The sky is the limit! Provolone, Swiss, Monterrey Jack, Cheddar, Brie, Havarti, Gouda, Mozzarella… get the idea. I have also used shredded cheese instead of sliced.  I think it melts pretty good.

Mustard: Dijon, regular, spicy, it’s up to you. I used Dijon.

24 rolls fit on a half sheet baking sheet.

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