Monday, June 8, 2009

A Quick And Convenient Summer Lunch

I make these hot ham and cheese sandwiches many times, and when I do I usually make extra and freeze them. I try different variations of the same sandwich, but I think this one is our favorite. They are easy to do if you are serving a large group because there isn't any last minute prep work except to put them in the oven.

I bake a package of reduced fat Golden Wheat Pillsbury Grands on an ungreased tray in the oven. If you have another favorite hamburger roll or sandwich roll, it will work also, and you can skip this first step. When these Grands are baked and cooled, I cut each one in half and fill with the ingredients below;

The recipe is for eight sandwiches; 8 sandwich rolls, 1 1/2 lbs. thinly sliced deli ham, 1 1/2 cups of Kraft cheddar and monterey jack cheese cubes, and layer on the bottom half of the roll. In a bowl add 1/3 cup of mayo, 1/3 cup of honey mustard or brown mustard(whatever your choice), 1/3 cup of sweet pickle relish, 1/2 small onion, finely chopped and stir together. Spoon this mixture on the top half of the roll, and close the sandwich.

Wrap each sandwich individually in Reynold's foil wrap. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Serve immediately, or let cool and freeze the sandwiches. Whenever needed take one out of the freezer, remove foil, microwave for a few seconds, and it's ready to eat. If I have these in the freezer, my husband often grabs one and takes it along to work, for his lunch. Really, these sandwiches are quick, easy and delicious!

Here is my quick version of doctored baked beans to go with the sandwiches. I use two cans of Bush's best Homestyle baked beans, add 1/4 cup of ketchup, 2 TB. yellow mustard and 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Stir together, put in casserole dish. I add a bag of french fried onions to the top of the beans. Bake for 1/2 hour in a 350 degree preheated oven.

Just in case you need to serve a group of people a casual lunch, this may work for you. I added a vegtable tray, a bowl of potato chips and a gallon of iced cold lemonade. Will you join us on the porch?


Matthew said...

I'll take one! YUMMMMMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stacey said...

Thank you for those ideas! You know I was just sending out the plea for lunch ideas. We actually make sandwiches similar to this in the winter and eat them with soup. Now I will have to do it for lunch. Great idea!

Happy @ Home said...

I'm on my way!! :-)
Great sandwich idea and I like the tip to keep some in the freezer. My husband takes his lunch to work most days and I'm sure he would like this.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Judy, yummmmmmy! Did you make one for me????

Just delicious.


Anonymous said...

I'm on my way to your porch. I like this idea. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. I worked as a mental health RN for awhile and know that telling a story is very therapeutic. Blessings

Marty said...

Thanks for the invite - I'm on my way. =)

Melanie said...

I love those onions but have never thought to add them to baked beans. I'll try that next time!
Thanks for the tip.

*My post today is about last night's episode of The Next Food Network Star. 'Wondering if you watched it, too?

Anonymous said...

I would just love to come and sit with you on your porch and eat those sandwiches you made today!!
Great recipe and easy for me to do and sounds fun too!
Thanks so much for sharing:)

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

A great sandwich idea...which I plan to try out real soon. I'd be there...on your sample if I lived anywhere nearby!

Shellmo said...

Judy - if you lived next door to me - you'd be in trouble!! I'd be over all the time!! :-) I just love your ideas - this is another one I can use at the cabin when entertaining guests. You really should write your own entertaining/cookbook! I'd be the first to buy it!!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

SERIOUSLY....I just need to move in with you!! My GUYS would be THRILLED beyond belief. SERIOUSLY.

Another keeper.


p.s. I made your yummy strawberry dip (cream cheese/jiffy marshmellow)....what a huge hit. Ya know what, you can eat it WITHOUT the strawberries too! lol

Anonymous said...

This looks really good. It is one that I will try on a hot summer day. I like to be able to make things ahead of time. Thank you...
Thank you for the comments on my post :>)

Blessings each day said...

Boy, have you made me hungry and what a good idea, so great to have food so readily fixed and available.

Your photos are also beautiful.



LisaShaw said...

Minus the cheese I'll take one of those ham sandwiches with some spicy mustard please. (smile)

Sassy Granny ... said...

Whoa ... I almost missed this one! I'm going to have to print this particular post so I can whip up some of those sandwiches. Tell me they're low fat, low glycemic index, and will cure everything!



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