Most of you know well enough by now that I'm not a sit-down-to-a-4-course-meal kinda gal...unless it's a holiday get together. Our lives are pretty packed with activity and time is often at a premium. That's why I like to have something ready to heat up quickly to serve before we head out the door or pretty soon after we get back home from whatever the day's activities were. These Ready to Heat Ham Sandwiches provide a hot meal ready in a flash...perfect for a chilly autumn evening too.
While shopping at Safeway last week, I was able to take advantage of a sweet deal by signing up with their Just for U program. When I bought 3 Hillshire Farm brand products, I saved $3.00! An even better reason to make up some of these sandwiches to put in the freezer for future busy nights or to feed a crowd. (Hint: This promo is only good through this Saturday, Oct. 19th, so you'll what to stock up this week!)
Here's what you need to make these delicious little buns of goodness:
buns (hamburger or kaiser), ham and/or turkey (or any other lunchmeat), sliced cheese, poppy seed spread.
Slice buns and spread the insides with the poppy seed mixture.
Top with ham and/or turkey lunchmeat.
Add a slice of cheese and top with the other half of the bun.
Place in 350 degree oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted. Check out all that delicious melted cheese! (Next time I may trim the cheese to fit inside the bun...but it was so yummy with the extra gooeyness.) If not heating right away, place the foil-wrapped sandwiches in storage container to be refrigerated or frozen. When ready to heat, simply remove from freezer and bake. ( I would probably let them thaw just a bit first.)
Ready to Heat Ham Sandwiches
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. grated onion (I squeezed out the moisture before adding it to the dressing mixture)
1 Tbsp. spicy mustard
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. poppy seeds
1 lb. lunchmeat - ham and/or turkey
6-8 pieces of sliced cheese
6-8 buns (hamburger or kaiser)
Aluminum foil sheets
Stir together mayo, onion, mustard, honey and poppy seeds. Taste to adjust amounts, if needed. Slice open the buns and spread dressing on insides of both sides of the buns. Layer a few slices of lunchmeat and cheese on bottom of bun. Replace the top of the bun on the sandwich. Wrap sandwiches in foil individually. Bake directly on the rack in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. If desired, before baking, place foil-wrapped sandwiches in a storage container and refrigerate or freeze until ready to heat.
Not only are these sandwiches perfect for quick weeknight meals or hot lunches, but they are also great for feeding a crowd. Are you needing some half-time nourishment for those football fans of yours? Make up a couple of batches of these Ready to Heat Ham Sandwiches before the guests come over. When you pull them out of the oven, you'll be the MVP!
Hillshire Farm's Recipe Page has lots of great ideas for other quick and healthy meals. You can find them on Facebook and Twitter too for even more inspiration!