What are you hungry for dear?

I run out of ideas from time to time when it comes to cooking.
Do you?
It seems like I get into cooking ruts...cooking the same thing over & over.
I then find my self asking the dear husband, "What are you hungry for?" This Sunday his response to me was, "those little bite-sized sandwiches". I knew exactly what he was referring to, Ham & Cheese Sliders. It was just a matter of remembering where the recipe for them was, oh dear!!

While looking for this recipe...

I came upon this recipe...

a recipe that I got from my sister Sandra years ago.

It happens to be our son's favorite salad...more on this later! So we enjoyed a Sunday meal of Ham & Cheese Sliders and Sandra's Cauliflower Salad. It was yummy and I kept reminding myself that I mustn't forget about these delicious, cute, little sandwiches ever again, or the salad either for that matter. They are delicious together!

While enjoying our dinner, I began to reminisce with the dh how mad I would get at the dear son. I can laugh about it now! Darn I miss this boy, why'd he have to grow up and move 2 states away?? Anyhoo some summers ago, I'd come home from Country Stitches for a quick lunch, of this very salad, only to find olives, green peppers & onions floating in the vinaigrette dressing. The cauliflower was gone, zip, zilch, nada, none, no traces of cauliflower to be seen. That is if I was lucky, often times the dressing too was missing...you guessed it, someone picked out all of the cauliflower and drank the dressing!! Hmmm...I wonder who did that? Matthew do you have any idea who did that??? Now my better mothering instincts tells me someone probably was eating this right from the bowl...

So today's post will be a recipe share with you all & Matthew too. Matthew hasn't called home yet for this recipe so I'm pretty sure he needs the recipe for his file. Note to Matthew, you may just want to omit the green peppers, olives and onions to save yourself some time & money.
I'm just saying...


6 white small dinner rolls
sliced ham
sliced Swiss cheese
mayonnaise or miracle whip (whichever is your family favorite, I use mayonnaise)
Poppy Seed Sauce:
1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds (use more or less to your liking)
1 T. yellow mustard (I prefer a dijon mustard, such as Hellmann's Dijonnaise)
1/2 stick butter, melted
1 T. minced onion
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Slice dinner rolls and spread both sides with mayonnaise or miracle whip. Place a slice of ham and Swiss cheese inside of each roll. Close rolls and place them into a baking dish. You want the sandwiches to be very close, or "nestled" together...this is important!
In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the poppy seed sauce ingredients. Pour evenly over all of the sandwiches. Let sit 10 minutes or until butter sets slightly. Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and bake for 4 additional minutes to slightly crisp up the tops of the dinner rolls. Serve warm.

1 head cauliflower, broken into small flowerettes
1 c. sliced black olives
1 green pepper, chopped finely
1/2 c. chopped onion
3 T. lemon juice
3 T. white vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Mix dressing and pour over ingredients. Refrigerate before serving.


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TheCrankyCrow said...

Both recipes sound delicious!! Going on my "to try" list as we speak....So fun to get ideas from others, as we too suffer from that same go-round....And it's helpful to know someone else has actually made the recipe (some of those books I wonder about!) Have a great week! Smiles ~ Robin

deb-bee said...

Hi Brenda, I was going to the grocery this afternoon so I bought everything for your cauliflower salad. We're going to have it with our dinner tonight. It tasted very good before I put it in the frige. I'll try the sliders another day. Thanks for the recipes. ;-)

p.s. I can't wait to see your autumn sampler!

Homespun Handcrafts said...

Hi Brenda,

Yes, I say yes, I get in a rut with figuring out what to cook everyday. Women sure to seem to get the raw end of the deal in this cooking and cleaning up detail. Thank you for the recipes! I have heard of the ham sliders but have never tried them and the cauliflower salad sounds perfect for summer. Love your blog!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Yum! My guys would love the sliders. I'm printing the recipe and will make 'em this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

marly said...

Thank you for the recipes! It's always better to have someone share what's good than take a chance from a book. I have a sweet tooth so I use King's Hawaiian rolls usually, but I will buy what you recommended.

Denise said...

I get in the same rut as you - what to make for supper, but my husband always says "FOOD" when I ask him what he wants for supper. Your recipes sound great and I will be trying them soon.

mdgtjulie said...

Both recipes sound wonderful. I would omit the olives from the salad, but otherwise, yummy!! As for the sandwiches, we have something similar in my family. Ham and swiss on little buns with a dijon mustard brush on sauce. They are wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Oh Brenda, I am glad you had a cooking rut. Can you have one a little more often? The recipes that you came up with to get you out look absolutely delicious.
I am going to a stitching gathering this Saturday and I think I know what I will be taking to share. Matthews salad...thanks Matthew if you read your mom's blog. Also thanks to DH, the little sandwiches look good too. We have a inside joke with ham sandwiches in my family. This sure will break up the hum-drum of the plain ol' ham sandwich.
Have a wonderful Memorial Day, hope you hear from Matthew.

Qpatches said...

YUMMY...both recipes sound DELIGHTFUL! THanks so much for posting them. Love your work, even though I cannot see well enough to do such lovely things.

Lexi said...

Ha! That sounds just like a certain daughter of yours (and a great friend of hers...haha) picking out all of the rye chips out of the Gardetto's bag!