Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Oooey, Gooey, Hot and Chewy

As a child, I was a very picky eater. Years later, well, little has changed. All those foods my friends ate? Not happening on my plate. Mac and cheese? Oh Puh-leeze. Pizza? I think not (I do however really like pizza now). Grilled cheese with a bowl of soup? Send me to my room hungry Mommy. My Mother likes to a story about my eating habits-well, she loves to tell many, but this one she tells often. I was a tall, gangly child with super long legs and big buck teeth (Thank you Dr. Bacalars!!) and she was constantly fretting at the doctor about my eating habits and how skinny I was and she was sure I was malnourished. He patted her arm and told her I would eat when I was hungry. She couldn't leave well enough alone and tried many tricks to try to get me to eat. One of her least effective tricks was to blend my dinner up and try to have me drink it, since I have some issues with textures. It did not go as well as she hoped. Not more than 2 seconds after it landed in my stomach, it took a detour and headed North again, all over her. She pretty much gave up hope after that and just let me eat the parts of dinner I liked. I survived.

To this day I still don't do mac and cheese-odd, since I love pasta and I love cheese, but apparently not together. And I don't like grilled cheese. I do however fancy a grilled ham and cheese. Oh, so melty. So warm. So good.

I blogged a few weeks ago about the Frappe Vino. The frozen wine slush? I had it at a baby shower for a girl I worked with at the bank. It was like a reunion. 20 women who had spent a great deal of time together over the years. We had seen marriages, divorces, babies and death. And we waited many years to celebrate with our dear friend R. Her son is gorgeous and probably the most wanted and waited for baby ever.

I loved these sandwiches so much, I think I had three that night. The girls hosting the party made a smaller version of these but I was feeding several men at our party two weeks ago, so I used bigger rolls. Feast your eyes on these beauties......

Sweet and Savory Baked Ham Sandwiches

2 pounds good deli ham (no water added junk-go for the good stuff)
1 pound baby Swiss, very thinly sliced (from the deli too)
36 buns-I used a sandwich bun from the bakery
3 sticks of unsalted butter
6 TBSP brown sugar
4 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
4 TBSP Dijon mustard
2 tsp onion powder

In a 2 quart saucepan, bring to a gentle boil the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and onion powder. Stir until it is all melted and combined. Remove from heat and let cool.
Make the sandwiches. I used two pieces of ham and two slices of cheese-but I had it sliced about half the thickness that they normally slice it; you could see through it, and not just because of the holes. Place the made sandwiches in 9x13 cake pans. You need the cake pans or another tall sided pan since you will covering with foil. I used 3 pans because of the size of the buns. When the butter mixture has cooled, pour it evenly over the three pans. Cover the pans with tinfoil and place in the refrigerator overnight. Remove them from fridge a half an hour before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 25 minutes covered. After the 25 minutes, remove the foil and bake an additional 5 to 8 minutes.

Good gravy, you need to make these. These were DEVOURED and I was told by several of the guys that they were sending their wives over to learn how to cook. While that touched the cockles of my heart, I just sent the recipe home with them. Next time I make them, I'm not sharing. Well, okay, I did share with Dude and Drama Queen when I made them a few days later.


Alea said...

I think I gain 10 pounds every time I visit your blog! These look incredible! I am hosting a large party later in the month and I am looking for recipes that both feed a lot of people and can be prepared in advance - this is definitely going onthe list!

Monica H said...

3 sticks of butter- holy mother! I've made a similar version but have never added the brown sugar. intersting.

Debbie said...

Those sandwiches look incredible. Such good use for all that butter...irresistable!

Donna-FFW said...

Oh they sound beyond wonderful.. a crowd pleaser for sure.. Are they very messy to eat or does the mixture soak in?

tamilyn said...

Donna-they get a little sticky, but most of it soaks in. Everyone used a napkin or licked their fingers :)

Indie.Tea said...

I am a really, really picky eater, and was even more so as a child. But I loved cheese :) Especially grilled cheese. Or any cheese, really.

Pam said...

Anything with 3 sticks of butter must be good. I could eat a few of those for lunch today and be a very happy woman!

tamilyn said...

Monica and Pam-I know 3 sticks sounds like a lot, but it covers 3 pans of sandwiches. And come on-you know Paula Deen would approve :)

Leslie said...

Your Mom blended you food into a drink??? LOL Did she think you were geriatric or something???? !!!!LOL
Love the sandwiches! Sadly, I will eat whatever is put infront of me!

Leslie said...

Your Mom blended you food into a drink??? LOL Did she think you were geriatric or something???? !!!!LOL
Love the sandwiches! Sadly, I will eat whatever is put infront of me!

Cheryl said...

That is my number one favorite sammy, YUM!

grace said...

how delicious! i've never seen anything like this on the buffet line at any potluck dinner, but i will soon, even if i have to make them myself! that butter mixture...wowza!