For some reason I am on an appetizer kick lately. Maybe it is because I have had several requests for appetizers, I don't know, but I am on a rampage trying to make an appetizer every day or so. This was one of the first ones I wanted to make (although we ate these just as a meal) because my son's girlfriend's Grandmother made them for a party we had a while back.
Now mind you, when our families get together there is a TON of food available. All of us (2 Grandmothers, her Dad and Mom, and me) love to cook. They are fantastic on all sorts of appetizers and nibbles, and I tend to go for the side dishes and drinks. The guys of course like to handle the grill *insert grunting like Tim the Toolman Taylor*!
So choosing one of the appetizers to start with was tough, seriously tough. I decided to go with these Ham and Cheese Sliders because we were watching NASCAR and they just seemed like a perfect little bite to go along with some cold beer. We actually just made a meal of them and I am happy to announce that if you put them in a ziplock baggie in the fridge, you can reheat them in the microwave the next day and they are just as good!!
I will admit these aren't the healthiest thing in the world, and I really couldn't do much to lighten them up, but once in a while it is OK to just go for it!!
12 dinner rolls
12 thick cut slices of ham (off the bone if possible)
12 slices of Swiss cheese
1/2 cup fat free mayo
1/2 cup fat free miracle whip
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
2 tablespoons mustard (I used champagne mustard but Dijon would be nice)
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon onion, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a small bowl mix the mayo, miracle whip, onion powder, and garlic powder. Spread the mixture on both sides of each roll. Fold the slices of ham to fit the buns and place one on each bun bottom, then do the same with the Swiss cheese. Place the sandwiches into a baking dish (mine was 13x9x3).
Whisk the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour the sauce evenly over the tops of the sandwiches. Allow them to sit for at least 15 minutes.
Cover the baking dish with foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted. Remove the foil and allow to bake for an additional minute or two, just to brown the tops. Remove from the oven. Serve warm.