Sunday, February 1, 2015

Shaved Ham Rolls

With Valentine’s Day just two weeks away I should be sharing recipes like my previously posted “Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Truffles,” “Chocolate Salami” and “White Chocolate Bark,” but this week I’ve got Superbowl Sunday on the brain. 

I could repeat the recipe that began this blog, “Bacon Candy,” which continues to be my most requested recipe, or several dishes that would be welcome at any Superbowl party: ”Sweet Onion Dip,” ”Smoked Salmon Mousse” or one of my personal favorites, ”Hot Corn Dip.” But, today I want to share a recipe that was passed down to me by the late Mrs. Frances Oliver.  Her birthday was last week and I am pleased to honor her with this vintage dish, “Shaved Ham Rolls” which for decades she proudly carried to many a southern potluck.

§     1/2 pound (2 sticks) room temperature butter or margarine
§     3 tablespoons prepared mustard
§     3 tablespoons poppy seeds
§     1 medium onion, finely chopped
§     1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
§     3 packages Pepperidge Farm Party rolls (rolls sit in aluminum pan and come 30 to a package or 2 packages of King's Hawaiian Rolls
§     1 pound shredded ham
§     1/2 pound Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
Mix together softened butter, mustard, poppy seeds, chopped onion and Worcestershire sauce in small bowl.
Carefully cut the rolls in half horizontally and return the bottom half to the baking pan. Spread a thin layer of the mixture onto the top and bottom of the rolls.  Place a thin layer of the ham and cheese, replace top layer of rolls and place back into the baking pan. 
Repeat for remaining packages of rolls.  Cover the pans tightly with aluminum foil, and refrigerate until ready to eat. 
This recipe can be prepared in advance, wrapped and placed into the refrigerator for several days.  When ready to serve, place the wrapped baking dishes in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and sandwiches are warm.  If using the larger King’s Hawaiian Rolls, increase warming time to 15-20 minutes.
Cut into pieces and serve immediately.  For a printer friendly copy of this recipe, go to Shaved Ham Rolls. Enjoy!