Monday, January 5, 2015

Savory and Sweet Super Bowl Sandwiches



When I first found these recipes, I thought they were too simple and too similar, but something kept bringing me back to these. I am a firm believer in KISS food (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) so I decided to try these last week and I am SO GLAD that I did!  These sandwiches have very different flavors and were a huge hit with the football crew! 
The Roast Beast Sliders (Roast Beef - obviously named by a fan of Dr. Seuss) is so savory and the Swiss has just enough tang to compliment the Worcestershire sauce.  The Funeral Rolls pack a sweet heat between the buttery goodness of the Hawaiian rolls and the kick of the pepper cheese.  These are  quick and simple to make but totally different in flavor and presentation.
I served these with side condiments of mayonnaise, yellow mustard and spicy Dijon mustard.  I recommend bread and butter pickle slices for the Roast Beast Sliders and dill slices for the Funeral Rolls.  You can feed a hungry crowd and they will cheer your efforts!
Roast Beast Sliders
You'll Need:
8 wheat Kaiser rolls
2 lbs sliced roast beef
8 slices of Swiss cheese
1/2 cup of real butter
1 tsp  Worcestershire sauce
Funeral Rolls
You'll Need:
 2 -12 packages of sweet Hawaiian dinner rolls (White or Wheat)
 2 lbs of Virginia baked ham
12 slices Monterey Jack Pepper cheese
1 stick of real butter
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp sesame seeds (or poppy seeds)

You will need two 9 x 13 pans. Place the bottoms of rolls in each pan. Top each with the meat (about 2 shaved slices).  Cut the cheese slices into 4 parts and place 2-3 small pieces on each sandwich then top with the other half of the roll. 
Mix the melted butter with the Worcestershire sauce (add spices last for the Funeral Rolls) then brush the melted mixture over the sandwiches. It's recommended to cover your dish and let them sit in fridge to chill for an hour or so (or even over night).  I had guests on the way and just let mine sit on the counter for about an hour and baked them right away - they came out great! 
I topped my sandwiches with a pinch of salt and a quick grind of fresh pepper (sesame seeds on the Funeral Rolls) just before baking....that little bit of seasoning kicks up the flavor just right.  Bake at 275* for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted. They are great hot or at room temperature.
If you happen to have left overs, they save beautifully!  Just cover in an airtight container and refrigerate.  They reheat in the microwave in 30 seconds and are good cold too!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Spiced Crackers

My friend Michelle introduced these to me about a year ago!  She said they were addictive and boy was she right!  These are GREAT alone or with cheese and meat assortments.  Super quick and easy and a great make ahead item for your parties!

You'll need:
1 1/4 cup canola oil,
1 pkg ranch dressage mix
2 tbsp. red pepper flakes (more if you like it really spicy)
2 sleeves of saltine crackers.

Whisk oil, dressing mix and pepper together.  Place your crackers flat in one layer on an edged cookie sheet then drizzle the spice mix over the crackers. Use a pastry brush to baste each cracker to coat them well.  Bake at 250* for 10 minutes.  Remove and turn each cracker over and bake another 10 minutes. Remove crackers to cool on a paper towel lined (absorbs excess oil) cooling rack.  Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days.