Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (Tailgate Sandwiches)

My little boys and I arrived home at noon today from summer vacation #3. I am extremely excited about the idea of getting back into a routine. Even Elijah, who typically wants to be away from home socializing and playing and doing anything but being cooped up at home, excitedly said, "We're HOME! I love my home! I'm going to cuddle with my home!" I would relive our summer all over again in a heartbeat (and I plan to next year--in a westerly direction), but I am so. glad. to. be. home. 

This week's agenda? Laundry. Limited electronics. Fruits and veggies. Early bedtimes. Smoothies. Cleaning. School clothes shopping. Exercise. Sleep. Repeat. Repeat.

I have been wanting to try a version of these very popular sandwiches for a while now. They were so good that I got busy pigging out and forgot to put them in the fridge overnight. I sadly had to throw most of them away and I am still upset about it. Let that be a lesson. Or something like that. I'm not one to preach lessons, unless it's by accident.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with the bottom halves of 20 small Hawaiian sweet rolls, setting the top halves aside.

Top with 1 pound of black forest ham deli slices.

Top with 20 slices of provolone cheese. Yes, that is a lot of cheese, but you will thank me in about 30 minutes.

Generously spread cream cheese onto the bottoms of the sweet roll tops (one 8-oz. container will take care of them all). Place the tops over the cheese slices in the pan, lining them up with the bottoms of the rolls.

In a medium bowl, combine:

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons dried minced onions

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Mix well and pour evenly over the tops of the sandwiches in the pan.

Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and sandwiches are warmed through. Cut at the seams with a sharp knife and serve warm! These are addicting, to-die-for snacks or appetizers and can even be a satisfying meal. 

(Refrigerate leftovers, if there are any.)

ENJOY! Have a great week, friends.

Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sandwiches (aka: Tailgate Sandwiches)

Bring these to a party and you will be everyone's favorite person!

Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.

Published Aug 12, 2013

Serves: 20

Total time: 45 min

Hawaiian

Ingredients:

  • 20 small Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 pound deli black forest ham, sliced
  • 20 slices provolone cheese
  • 8-oz. container spreadable cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with the bottom halves of the sweet rolls. Top with the ham, then the provolone cheese slices. Spread the cream cheese onto the bottoms of the sweet roll tops and place them in a layer on top of the cheese.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onions and Parmesan cheese. Mix well and pour evenly over tops of the sandwiches. Sprinkle the poppy seeds over the top.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until warmed through. Cut at the seams with a knife and serve warm!