Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

So I find Carl’s Jr. superior to Hardee’s in almost every way. Problem is, Carl’s Jr. doesn’t have the delicious hot ham and cheese sandwich I have loved my whole life. While I got them pretty rarely, it was sort of a comfort knowing they were there. These little sandwiches are pretty much nothing like those — they’re a different style — but it’s a riff on the same sort of ham and cheese aesthetic. While we found them a bit rich, that could be remedied pretty easily by going lighter on the cream cheese or using an herby mustard type spread instead — and anyway, it’s not like they didn’t get eaten. I used leftover Christmas ham for these, but thinner-sliced store-bought ham would work just fine as well.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, adapted from Caryn Ross

1 8-oz. brick cream cheese, room temperature
1 Tbsp. chopped chives
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
2 Tbsp. butter
4 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 small onion, grated
2 Tbsp. good Parmesan, grated
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 package (12) sweet Hawaiian rolls
around half a pound of ham
1 1/2 c. shredded Swiss-Gruyere blend

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Stir the cream cheese in a bowl until it’s pleasantly pliable, then add the chives and thyme and mix until green flecks are evenly distributed. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, melt the butter with the olive oil. When the butter begins to foam, turn off the heat and add the onion, Parmesan and Worcestershire. Whisk a bit to get everything evenly distributed. Set aside.

Split the rolls and set the roll bottoms in a 9×13 baking dish. Top with ham and shredded Swiss-Gruyere blend. Spread the tops with the cream cheese mixture and press onto sandwiches, mushing a little so the cream cheese helps the shredded cheese stick. Pour the butter-onion mixture over the top (or brush, if you want to get fancy). Cover the pan with foil.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the cheese is melted, then remove the foil and bake for another 5ish minutes to get the buns all nice and toasty. Serve with a salad!

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~ by iliadawry on 18 February 2013.

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