Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hot Sticky Sandwiches - sourdough style


Several of my friends have made a hot sticky ham sandwich that are out-of-this-world good. Though these are tiny, I can hardly keep myself from over-indulging myself when these are on the table. These are perfect for a baby shower, brunch, or sometime that you want to serve something small but delicious.

I had always seen these made with purchased party sized rolls. Since my husband loves my sourdough bread with ham and cheese sandwiches, I decided to see if I could make small sourdough rolls. (I used the soft honey wheat sourdough recipe but you could use any bread recipe that you like.) It couldn't have worked better. I've served these to friends several times since then and no one has complained about either homemade rolls - or sourdough!


To make the rolls, I used a very small biscuit cutter to make 24 rolls in a 9x13 pan. You could also just shape the rolls by hand without rolling and cutting. Just keep them small and thin because the rolls will rise and you don't want the sandwiches to be all bread!


After baking and cooling, I cut the rolls in half.


Then I layered ham.


Then added cheese and the top of the roll.


I poured on the sauce and baked.

If you are not a stubborn do-it-yourself-er like me, you  can use purchased rolls. I also used honey instead of brown sugar, but you can do as you please.

Hot Sticky Sandwiches

24 party sized rolls. purchased or homemade
1/2 lb chipped ham
1/2 lb chipped Swiss cheese

Layer sandwiches in 9x13 pan.

1/2 cup butter
1/3  cup brown sugar OR 1/4 cup honey
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp poppy seeds

Place in small pan and heat to boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Pour sauce over sandwiches. Bake, covered, for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve.


  1. I've never seen anything like that, they sound delicious!

  2. These look great! It looks like a pre-portioned version of a recipe I have for party loaf. I'll have to give them a try!

    For purposes of comparison, here's my party loaf recipe:

    1 loaf French bread (big)--cut open & tear out some of middle

    Mix the following together & spread over top & bottom:
    1 stick soft butter
    1 tsp mustard
    1 T poppy seeds
    1 small chopped onion
    1/2 tsp Worcestershire

    Alternately layer 1 lb of thin-sliced ham and 3/4 lb Swiss or mozzarella cheese.

    Close sandwich, wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

    ... I made two of these when we moved to our new house, and our friends were quite happy with them. :)


    1. Thanks for sharing this recipe variation! It sounds yummy!

    2. There must be something in the air this week... even Pioneer Woman posted a hot ham sandwich on her blog.

      I would so go and make some version of these right this moment, except that I'm 37 weeks pregnant and can't move!


    3. Oh, that is too funny! Guess that proves that they are worth eating! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes well!

  3. These look like they would have been perfect for a baby shower I just gave. I'll be keeping this recipe close at hand for the next time. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Oh my I am so trying this one! They look amazing!

  5. oooooh, GINA: I've been dying to taste these and I couldn't commit to buying commercial rolls unless they were on sale! So now I can MAKE my rolls. You are brilliant. I think the sourdough would give a pleasing counter-flavor anyway. Thank you for posting this!!

  6. I copied it right away.But I see the you used in sourdough bread starter. What is that ?
    It looks awesome!!
    I'll also will copy the recipe from above!
    Greetings, Wilma

  7. What a neat and very creative idea. The picture of them look scrumptious! I all ready have it saved to my recipe file. I'll be trying this one real soon. Thank you for posting this one!

  8. Hi,
    Thank you for this recipe. I plan on trying it soon. I have a question with the mustard. Is it dry mustard, dijon or hot dog stlye mustard?
    Thank you,

    1. Jody-
      I used regular hot dog style mustard - but I bet dijon would taste great! I might try that next time!

  9. I have made these several times and they always get rave reviews! I use honey as well, instead of brown sugar and we usually add a mild cheese with the meat. I've used turkey and it worked just as well as the ham!

    I've not made my own rolls though. I should give it a go!


  10. Hi Gina, I made these last night with the honey and they were a big hit! It was one of our little league nights and they certainly hit the spot the first and second (after ballgame) rounds of dinner. :) Thanks so much for sharing.


  11. Hello,
    I remembered this recipe and came here to jot it down. I notice it uses "chipped ham" and cheese. Pa. is the only place I've been able to ask the deli clerk for chipped ham. Everywhere else I've lived I must ask for shaved ham (which makes a funny mental picture).
    Thanks for this.

  12. I love these and the honey wheat rolls are delicious! All my kids and husband love them too!! I quite love all of your sourdough recipes! Thank you Gina! Hope you are keeping well! -Amanda


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