Back in the early 2000s, when I was newly married, my husband and I made friends with a large group of young marrieds at our church. Our friendships quickly grew into deep and lasting relationships, we became a family. This was a season of life where we all had careers and no kids, which made it easy to hang out together and not worry about time or coordinate anything but ourselves. Many of my girlfriends were teachers, so in the summers I held a mini cooking class where we would come together in my home and prepare an intricate meal, usually an appetizer, main course that included sides, and a dessert. We would start at 9 am and have the meal we prepared together for lunch – sometimes the husbands that were nearby would drop in and have lunch with us as well. Even though our time together officially ended at noon, most days we lounged around in my living room until 4:00, just talking the day away! It was so much fun and we all learned so much from each other. It was a great time in my life that I look back on with such happy memories.
During “the early years”, we would have get togethers at each other’s houses, it seemed, weekly at least. So we tried out new recipes on each other often, and would share them. One of the recipes that I learned about was the Dinner Roll Sandwich or sliders, that consisted of sweet Hawaiian rolls, ham, swiss cheese, and a marinade made out of a lot of butter and other savory ingredients. I have held on to that sacred recipe and make it often and in different variations.
Today’s recipe is a simple variation of the Dinner Roll Sandwiches that I blogged about years ago. This time, it’s a take on the battered and fried turkey, ham, and cheese Monte Cristo sandwich. It’s much simpler though, no batter and no frying. These are perfect for parties and get togethers. They can be served fresh from the oven or at room temperature. I love to serve them with good raspberry preserves. I hope you enjoy!
- 1 pkg (12-count each) Sweet Hawaiian Dinner Rolls
- ½ pound deli sliced smoked or honey ham
- ½ pound deli sliced smoked roasted turkey
- ½ pound Gruyère cheese or other quality Swiss cheese, grated
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- Powdered sugar
- Raspberry Preserves
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Line a 9x13 baking dish with foil (enough that it overlaps the sides - to use as handles)
- Spray foil-lined baking dish with cooking spray.
- Slice rolls horizontally as a unit – don’t break apart into individual rolls.
- Put the bottoms into the baking dish.
- Lay meat on top, then cover with cheese.
- In a small bowl, whisk together sauce ingredients.
- Pour ½ of the sauce on top of cheese.
- Place tops of rolls on top, pressing down lightly.
- Pour remaining mixture over tops of rolls and spread evenly.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Watch closely – if the tops begin to brown too much, place a sheet of foil over the top.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
- Using the foil "handles" lift the sandwiches out onto a cutting board.
- With a large butcher knife, cut the sandwiches into their individual slider rolls.
- Dust lightly with powdered sugar and serve with raspberry preserves on the side.
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