Our youngest is in final (read “longer”) rehearsals for the school play (along with a million lessons and um, school); the middle has added a two day Model UN event to two sports, dance and school. And our oldest—well thank goodness for college away!
So dinner is taking a hit.
Despite constantly busy schedules, we try hard to have family dinners—and usually succeed. But for one week only, I’m crying uncle. This week, I have declared Monday –Thursday as make your own dinner days. We’ll be fine (I hope!).
Key to my plan are veggies and a selection of frozen entrees. Our daily “serve yourself” menu features carrot sticks, a salad (resident in the fridge) and a selection of (mostly) frozen soups and sandwiches in single serve quantities. These include beef stew, chili, sloppy chucks, organic hot dogs, and a new entry to my repertoire, ham & cheese sandwiches—or in this case mini-sandwiches.
In my childhood, these savory sandwiches were a staple at my Aunt Barb’s house and everyone loved their buttery onion and poppy seed sauce. When I got my first apartment, I kept them in the freezer and never worried about going hungry after a late night at work. Then I started to gain some weight and that was the end. Recently, however, with the popularity of dinner-roll-sized “slider” sandwiches—and my current desperation—the idea hit. Why not make up a bunch of these, slider sized? I can eat one and my husband can eat, ummm, 25?
I couldn’t find the original recipe but found versions of it on the internet and decided on the combination below. Probably less butter than the original (hmm, can I have two sliders then?), but still killer tasty.
So with some trepidation, we begin Make It Yourself Week. Wish me luck! And if you have other ideas for easy single serve dinners, let me know (PLEASE!!)
Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 1/2 c butter
- 1 1/2 T poppy seeds
- 1 T mustard
- 1 t Worcestershire sauce
- 1 medium onion, grated
- 1 1/2 lb shaved ham
- 1/2 lb Swiss cheese, grated
- 24 dinner roll sized buns
1. Prepare sauce. Soften butter, then mix with remaining sauce ingredients.
2. Layer ham, cheese and sauce on rolls. Wrap in aluminum foil.
3. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes if thawed, 30 minutes if frozen
- Irish Brown Soda Bread
- Light and Healthy, White Wheat Slider Rolls