I’m always on the lookout for casual finger foods that go well for parties or even just a late night weekend supper… Warren and I got to talking and he told me about these little bun sandwiches his Mother used to make around the holidays for parties…. basically what he remembered were the little buns… ham and Swiss cheese… mustard and butter… no other details… so I went to work on it… the result is this quick and easy recipe…
So for these Mini Ham and Swiss Cheese Party Sandwiches… I used Brown and Serve rolls … which you can find in any supermarket… any brand will be fine… I would look for ones where the buns are attached to each other… I original plan was to just slice them in half as a group and work with them that way… which is easier and quicker than having to slice each individually like I ended up doing… but if your package ends up like mine… no problem… they slice fine.
Another reason for wanting them all attached to each other… it will help keep them from sliding…. After making mine… I was going to call them sliders… but that culinary name seems reserved for all kinds of little burgers. If you do have to cut them individually… have fancy toothpicks ready when they come out of the oven… then just adjust the tops of the little bun and secure with a toothpick… as you can see from the picture… I didn’t have any… but they were fine.. just some had the bun tops a little askew.
The directions on the Brown and Serve Roll package I had said to bake them in a 450 degree oven… I thought that was a little too high for them…. I baked mine at 400 degrees… use your judgment when deciding on an oven temp… if your package specifies a lower oven temperature… I would lower the temperature to what your package says.
I used a store brand mustard which worked fine… for a late Sunday night supper it was okay… for a party I would purchase a good mustard… I used spicy brown mustard… we like the bold flavor… but you can use any type mustard you prefer… Dijon mustard works particularly well…
Black Forest ham is best… but regular cooked ham is good too… again … that’s what I happened to have had so I used it.
And finally…. use your imagination when making these… smoked turkey and provolone would be great… change up the ingredients… especially if these are for a party….
You will need to figure about 3-4 rolls per person depending how much other food you are serving.
In fact… these a re perfect for a Super Bowl party…. they’re inexpensive to make and are a great finger food.
Recipe: Mini Ham and Swiss Party Sandwiches
All you need:
1 package Brown and Serve Rolls
Thinly sliced deli Ham (you will need the same number of slices as the number of rolls in your package)
Slices of Swiss cheese (you will need one slice for every two rolls in your package)
2-3 tablespoons mustard
3 tablespoons melted butter
All you need to do:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. See my notes above under TIPS regarding the oven temperature.
Line a baking sheet with foil… for an easy cleanup.
In a small bowl or measuring cup… melt the butter in the microwave until just melted. Set aside.
Cut the buns in half… and place the bottoms on the baking sheet.
Spread the mustard on the bun bottoms.
Fold the slices of thinly sliced ham in half and in half again… to make the slice folded in a quarter.
Place the ham on each roll.
Cut the slices of cheese into quarters… put two quarters of cheese on each slice of ham.
Brush the inside of the bun tops with butter.
Place the bun tops on the mini sandwiches.
Brush the tops with the remaining melted butter.
Bake at 400 degrees F for about 8 minutes… or until tops are light brown and the cheese has melted.
NOTE: If your rolls are attached… slice the whole group in half… spread the mustard on it… then lay the slices over the entire bun bottom area…. overlapping them… do the same with the cheese… butter the tops’inside … place it securely on the prepared bottoms …. Brush the top with the remaining melted butter and bake…. when they come out of the oven… using a sharp knife… simply cut the buns apart.
Allow to cool slightly and serve.... or these can be made ahead and served at room temperature.
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