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Sandwich Sliders

Sorry for being absent for several days.  Like I said the holiday hustle and bustle is in full swing.  I hope you are enjoying your holiday season so far.  We’re decorated and festive and almost partied out, but looking forward to Christmas day and the weekend with our families.  I’d love to hear about traditions you and your family have that you do every year.

For this post I’m bringing out one of my husbands favorites.  I’m not sure where I found the original recipe, but I’ve adapted it to fit with what my family likes.  Even my 2.5 year old likes these sandwiches!

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I typically make these sandwich sliders after we’ve had a meal of pulled pork or chicken because I always have left over Hawaiian Rolls.  I love these rolls, I just wish I could perfect the process to make them from scratch instead of having to buy them at the store.  I’ll share my steps below and then the full recipe at the end.

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Start off by cutting the Hawaiian rolls in half and place in a bakine dish (I used glass, but sometime use those aluminum foil pans if transporting).  Spread mayo (I used organic) on the bottom half. Normally I like to cook at least six of these, but we only had five left in the package so we settled for one less…

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I added one slice each of deli ham and turkey and topped it off with a slice of colby jack cheese.

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Add the tops of the rolls to the baking dish.  Now comes the yummy part.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter, then add the mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire  sauce and brown sugar and mix until well combined.  (Sorry I did not get a picture of this step :/)

Now pour the yummy sauce over the sandwiches and spread evenly if necessary.  Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until golden brown with melted cheese.

I wasn’t even able to get a plated picture taken before my family was attacking the kitchen to devour the yummy goodness.

The fun thing about this recipe is you can make so many combinations; really any combination of cheese and deli meat you like would probably work.  The measurements for the sauce are also very much up to you and what taste you like best.  You could use different types of mustard, such as dijon or honey mustard.  If you like more of a garlic taste you could add / substitute garlic powder for the onion powder.  The best part is you can really make this recipe your own!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Hawaiian Rolls, cut in half
  •  Mayonnaise, to taste
  • 6 slices Deli Ham
  • 6 slices Deli Turkey
  • 6 slices Colby Jack Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Directions:

In a baking dish place bottom half of Hawaiian rolls and top with mayo.  Add lunch meat of your choice and 1 slice of cheese and replace the top half of the roll.

In a small microwave safe bowl melt the butter and then add the mustard, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Mix sauce until well combined and pour over the sandwiches.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Then remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until golden brown with melted cheese.

Hope you enjoy these yummy sandwiches as much as my family does.  Until next time 🙂

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  • Prayer.  If you are someone who prays, will you pray for us, for our family, for our future birthmom and for the child she is carrying and considering placing for adoption. Pray that our process will go quickly and smoothly.
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Quick and Simple 1 – Pasta and Sauce

Whether a working mom or a stay at home mom, quick and simple dinners are a must for busy days.  Not only does a good simple home cooked meal help the budget, it helps the waistline by not having to eat out!

This was exactly our dinner the other night.  We had fun pasta, picked out by Mr. Caleb himself, a jar of marinara, some meat and a salad.  I’ve mentioned before the awesome authentic Italian grocery store we have in the area.  I like to go with a friend every couple months and stock up on their great products.  This is where I purchase my bulk Italian sausage, breakfast sausage and fresh sliced pepperoni as well as a variety of fun pastas and cheeses.  The Muir Glen Organic Pasta Sauce is something I like to pick up at Sprouts, especially when it’s on sale.  They have a wide variety of flavors and we love all of them.

Here’s my quick and simple dinner:

1/2 lb italian sausage (or meat of choice)
1/2 package of favorite pasta (cooked according to directions)1/2 jar of favorite pasta sauce
Favorite shredded cheese to top
Salad of choice or other vegetable

First cook the pasta according to the package directions.

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While the pasta is cooking, cook your meat of choice.  Once done, drain any excess grease and return the meat to the pan.

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Add the pasta sauce to the meat and continue to heat while the pasta gets done.

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You can mix the pasta and the meat sauce together, but my son usually likes his pasta plain so we don’t mix it.  We choose fresh spinach and a little organic ranch dressing on top and sprinkled some fresh grated Parmesan cheese.  YUM!

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These items are usually staples in our home so that no matter whats going on that day, I can have a good home cooked meal on the table in under 30 minutes.

I’d love to hear what your quick and easy or go to meals are for those busy days?