Hot Ham and Swiss Sandwiches

Dear Boys,

This recipe comes from Mrs. Pam.  She and I met at Sav-a-Life years ago and became fast friends.  Between visits with clients, we would chat and get to know one another.  We learned we had married the same year, were then pregnant with our first babies due just a month apart, had so much in common.  Those early conversations laid the foundation for a precious and lasting friendship. The first time she invited me to lunch, she served these sandwiches.  The company made them even more delicious than they already are.

I’m going to give you the amounts from her recipe, though it makes more than one person can eat.  (I just reread this and realized I am writing to growing boys.  You might actually enjoy eating all of these ham sandwiches at one time.)  If you don’t, though, you can either freeze the extra, invite friends over,  or use those great math skills to adjust the recipe.

The first thing you will do is chop 1.5 pounds of ham.  You can either buy ham at the deli and ask them to slice it very thick so that you can make cubes or you can cook your own ham.  (We’ll do a post on that another day so that you’ll know how.)

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Then you will cut 3/4 pound of Swiss cheese into small pieces.  It should look something like this after the chopping:

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Next, melt one and a half sticks of butter.  Add 3 Tbsp. mustard and 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce.  Stir well.  (Note:  Mrs. Pam’s recipe included one medium onion and 1 & 1/2 tsp. poppy seeds, but y’all never liked those when you were little.  I got out of the habit of including them.  Lee and John, I am thinking y’all might like caramelized onions on these sandwiches now.)

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You have a couple choices for the bread.  The recipe calls for small dinner rolls.  You can use this kind (any brand).  You’ll need three packages if you get these:

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You can also use hamburger buns.  I think two packages would be enough of those since they’re larger.

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Here is another great option, especially if you like onions but don’t want to chop them.  This is Dad’s favorite.  Again, it should make two packages:

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Now it’s time to put the sandwiches together.  If you’re making them to eat right away, prepare them on a large baking sheet.  Lay out the bottom halves of the bread.  If you’re using the little dinner rolls, you’ll need to cut the entire sheet of rolls horizontally so that there is one large top piece and one large bottom.  If some of the rolls break apart, that is fine.  You can piece it all together.

Using a pastry brush, spread the butter mixture on the tops and bottoms of the bread.
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Next, pile on the ham and cheese.

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Place tops of bread on sandwiches and cover tightly with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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FREEZING TIPS:  If you decide you want to put some in the freezer, you can either freeze an entire tray of sandwiches or do them individually.  For a whole pan of them, prepare on a large piece of aluminum foil as described above.  When sandwiches are buttered, filled, and covered, wrap them completely in foil.  I always write on the foil with a sharpie what the item is and how to prepare it so that I don’t have to look up cooking directions later.  You can also put just one sandwich on a small piece of foil and do the same thing.  These would work well to pull out for individual meals.  Just transfer them from the freezer to the refrigerator the day before you want to cook them and you’ll be ready to bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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Call me if you have any questions.  Or just call me.

I love you,

Mom

P.S.  Look for and hold on to friends like Mrs. Pam.  They are a real treasure and one of the great blessings in life.

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