Some of you have seen these ham and cheese sliders before. I made these about a month ago with leftover ham and they blew my mind. Oh so good.
I had to bring these back to you today for the big game day. These ham and cheese sliders are probably nowhere near healthy but I don’t know any Super Bowl snacks or game day foods that are, if you don’t count raw veggies and fruit. Plus, it’s the freaking Super Bowl. Eat what you want and enjoy it.
I used to follow football. I mean, I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Texas. Where you come out of your mother’s womb, are cleaned off, swaddled and then shown how to throw a football.
After college, I watched and actually played a lot. I wasn’t very good or fast but I can throw a mean spiral pass. Don’t let my 5 ft 2″ frame fool you. While living in CA, I really got into college football (how can you not?) and now, I actually prefer to watch basketball over football.
But I love watching the Super Bowl.
Not so much for the actual game but for the commercials. I used to work in advertising and would love to see all of the new commercials that would air on game day. For TV, each spot costs millions of dollars just for the spot and air time. This does not include the cost to produce the TV spot. And online, brands will pay hundred of thousands of dollars for homepage takeovers. These are the main banner ad units on the homepage of portals, like Yahoo, for Super Bowl Sunday. Companies are paying nearly $4 million for one 30-second Super Bowl ad this year. Insane. But I can’t wait to see them.
Wonderful Pistachios hired PSY (Gangnam Style) for their commercial. I am definitely tuning in to watch this one. And Beyonce is doing the halftime show. ‘Nuff said. The thing I love most about the Super Bowl: everyone is happy. The guys are watching the game, drinking beer, eating sliders and nachos and grunting. The women are also watching the game, and eating, gabbing and drinking and the kids are running around like wild. Like I said, everyone is happy.
Now, unless you are reading this early in the morning or you are really motivated, you are not going to be able to make these ham and cheese sliders for today (unless you already have some leftover ham and all of the other ingredients at home) but whip these super bowl snacks for any game day and everyone will be happy. The slight sweetness + the cheesey-ness + the ham = heaven.
So, the big question: Ravens or the 49’ers? I don’t know about you but I’m hoping San Francisco brings it home today baby.
Are you ready for some football? I hope you enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 16 Kings Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls cut in half
- 24 slices honey-roasted ham
- 16 slices swiss or gruyere cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise regular or fat free
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- Special equipment needed: casserole dish
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- On a rimmed baking sheet or casserole dish, place the bottom half of dinner rolls and top with 1 1/2 slices of ham and the cheese.
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of mayonnaise on each TOP-half of the outside TOP roll and place on top of the ham and cheese. (this is helping to create the delicious topping that coats these sliders' rolls). Place the rolls snugly together in your casserole dish.
- In a separate small bowl combine the mustard, melted butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and brown sugar. Mix until well combined and evenly pour or spread over the assembled rolls.
- Cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.
- Bake covered with foil for 10 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the tops are browned, and cheese is nice and melted.
Recipe adapted from Food.com.