Have you ever made a recipe, tried it, and thought, "Wow, I think I will be using this recipe for the rest of my life." No? Then make these. I've had them bookmarked for over a year. I have absolutely no idea why I hadn't gotten around to making them sooner. This past weekend was the UNC-Duke football game and we had a tailgate in my front yard. I put out a tray of the sandwiches that was quickly devoured (even with pork tenderloin sandwiches, wings, dips, etc. all around). I would have taken more pictures, but it is incredibly uncomfortable to force people to wait to eat tailgate food because you have to take pictures of the food first.
My only initial issue with these little sammies was the mayo. I like to think I hate mayonnaise. I don't actually hate it, but in my mind I dislike it unless it is on a menu as aioli. Do I love me some aioli? Yes. Do I love me some mayonnaise? Absolutely not. I read something online that said garlic was the only difference between the two. Somehow that is enough for me. So, it pained me to spread mayonnaise on every one of these sliders. Not only that, a mixture of mayonnaise and miracle whip! Being an advertising junkie, I'm used to thinking of those as two completely separate entities after the "Pick a side" campaign. Well, they work in perfect harmony here.
I made these on Saturday. I made them on Tuesday. I doubt I'll be able to wait much longer before making them again. Enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Sliders
Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything
24 good white dinner rolls (I recommend King's Hawaiian, 24 ct.)24 pieces good honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese (I used Havarti)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup miracle whip
Poppy seed sauce
1 Tablespoon poppyseeds
1 1/2 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and miracle whip. Spread onto both sides of the center of each roll. Place a slice of ham and a slice of Swiss inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a large baking dish or heavy cookie sheet. Place very close together.
In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for 2 additional minutes. Serve warm.
** sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the fridge ready to bake.
(I did this the second time I made them and they turned out just as good.)