Party Sandwiches

Tomorrow we're having a holiday celebration on our hall.  The baked goods were the first to get taken so I ended up with the party sandwiches.  My mom said I should have told her earlier and she would have made some homemade chicken salad, so I opted for what I knew best:  Jalapeño Pimento Cheese sandwiches and Ham and Cheese Sandwiches.  Well, I ended up doing some turkey and some ham.  That way I've covered us all - the vegetarian co-worker who does eat cheese, those that don't do pork, and everyone else.

The Jalapeño Pimento cheese spread that I used is so good.  It's not real spicy, but the peppers gives it a little kick.  Even my mom loves it and uses it as grilled cheese.  At her suggestion, I cut all the ends off of the bread "so the sandwiches will be prettier," she said.  Then, again at her suggestion, I saved all my ends because "you could make homemade croutons," she added.  So into the Ziploc bag the ends went.  I don't have a final picture to show you of these sandwiches because I'll finish them in the morning.  I was afraid the bread would get soggy overnight.

Now onto the other sandwiches - the Turkey or Ham and Cheese Sandwiches.

These are the party sandwiches my mom used to make for every single event she hosted or participated in for my entire childhood.  We even make these as appetizers before holiday meals, except we use the tiny pull-apart rolls instead of these ones I used.

Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

1 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 onion, grated
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
2 (12 ounce) packages white party rolls
1/2 pound chopped cooked ham
5 ounces shredded Swiss cheese


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, mix together butter, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce and prepared Dijon-style mustard.
3. Slice rolls in half horizontally and set aside tops. Spread bottoms with the butter mixture. Top with ham and Swiss cheese. Replace tops.
4. Arrange rolls in a single layer in a medium baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven 10 to 12 minutes, until rolls are lightly browned and cheese is melted.

Now tomorrow I will heat them for a few seconds in the microwave just to have them a little warmed.

p.s.  I also have to bring a gift for an exchange on tomorrow.  I'm bringing one of my crocheted scarves.  Sewing my label onto it now... 



  1. Yay finally a recipe for us meat eaters. I don't eat ham but it's still good to see some meat recipes. Looks so good too. :o)

  2. The sandwiches look simple but very yummy! And who can go wrong with Pimento Cheese! Extra yummy! :)


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