Recipe by Chef Shadows
SOURCE PEGGY TROWBRIDGE. Plan on making a double batch for any party or occasion, especially Superbowl. Even guys ask for the recipe. Marinated ham and Swiss buns make a killer appetizer, and better yet, you can make them a couple of days in advance before baking. The cooking time does not include the overnight marination.
- 1 cup butter
- 1⁄4 cup sweet onion, minced
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons hot mustard or 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
- 1⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- 24 about 2 x 2-inches each small dinner rolls (see Note)
- wasabi-horseradish mayonnaise, to taste (see Note)
- 24 slices about 3/4 pound thin slices deli ham (see Note)
- 24 slices about 1/2 pound thin slices swiss cheese
Directions See How It's Made
- Line two 9 x 13-inch baking pans with non-stick foil or butter traditional pans.
- To prepare marinade, saute minced sweet onion in butter over low heat until onion is soft and translucent.
- Add poppy seeds, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and brown sugar.
- Stir until brown sugar is melted into the sauce.
- Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
- Set marinade aside.
- Slice the buns in half.
- Spread bottoms of buns with a thin layer of horseradish mayonnaise.
- Fold ham slices to fit the bottom of each bun.
- Repeat with Swiss cheese slices, folding to fit buns.
- Replace bun tops.
- Place ham and cheese buns into prepared baking pans.
- Pour marinade evenly over both pans of buns.
- Cover tightly with foil. Refrigerate overnight.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Bake marinated buns covered for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes.
- Notes: Use pre-baked dinner rolls.
- If you make your own yeast dinner rolls, all the better.
- If you're on a budget, adjust this method to use large yeast hot dog rolls, cut into thirds (you may need to adjust the baking time).
- Horseradish mayonnaise is easy to make at home, but there are decent commercial varieties to use as a shortcut.
- You can use regular mayonnaise if you need to avoid horseradish.
- For the ham, I used a rosemary sun-dried tomato deli ham, but feel free to use your favorite.
- Just be sure it is sliced very thin and use a high-grade, low-moisture ham for best results.
- Yield: 24 appetizer servings.