Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches Recipe

Oh Gentle Readers, some recipes stand the test of time. As the daughter of a working mom, The Practical Cook learned quite a bit about make-ahead food. Welcome to ham and cheese tea sandwiches. They’re hot, buttery, and full of cheese. I’ll pause for a minute while you think about that.

Balance the Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwich with Vegetables for a Fast Dinner

Balance the Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwich with Vegetables for a Fast Dinner

I could probably just stop blogging there, but I will go on. I’ve updated the recipe from the church cookbook wonder it is (the amount of butter in the original would give Paula Deen pause), but this is still one of those “serve with a lot of veggies” kinds of items. The sandwiches are small, which lends itself to The Practical Cooks Junior serving themselves multiple times.

Hot Ham and Cheese plus butter and salt. Umami, meet unctuous. Get acquainted.

Hot Ham and Cheese plus butter and salt. Umami, meet unctuous. Get acquainted.

Thank you to The Practical Cook’s Mom for the recipe and for teaching me that it’s possible to work, mom, and cook.

Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches Recipe

I’ve cut the butter substantially, and I always use whole wheat bread when I can. The key here is the sauce, which is tangy but quite accessible even to young people. You can make these to the point of baking and freeze them, which is how I experienced them as a kid.

1 or 2 packages of small whole wheat dinner rolls or slider buns
6 oz package sliced deli ham
6 oz pkg Swiss cheese or Mozzarella or Gouda (go crazy, it all works pretty well)
3 Tablespoons mustard
1 T Worcestershire sauce
4 Tablespoons butter

1. Preheat oven to 350 (if making the sandwiches immediately).

2. Split buns lengthwise if using something that’s not pre-sliced.

Slice the buns in half!

Slice the buns in half!

3. Bring mustard, butter, and Worcestershire sauce to a gentle boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Take off the heat and pour over all layers of buns, tops and bottoms. (If you don’t do this, you’ll have sauce running everywhere.)<<Truth.

Hello flavor!

Hello flavor!

4. Put ham and cheese on the bottoms. Put on tops. Wrap in foil and bake for 12-20 minutes.

Layer the ham so it overlaps but isn't some meatapalooza.

Layer the ham so it overlaps but isn’t some meatapalooza.

5. Slice into individual sandwiches and pull your hands back quickly. These will disappear fast.

I will avert my eyes if you add extra cheese.

I will avert my eyes if you add extra cheese.

NOTE: Can be frozen before baking. Just pop into a 350 degree oven straight from the freezer. Well, remove any plastic coverings you’ve used to preserve them, but you knew that already.

What’s your favorite thing to make ahead and freeze? Post a comment below, nothing but wide-open spaces there just waiting for your insights.

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4 responses to “Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches Recipe

  1. Aimee

    Dear PC

    Just had a group come to the house for a small meal on short notice today. What perfect timing on this post! I made the sandwiches quickly and easily. All were eaten and enjoyed. Thanks for saving me in a pinch!

  2. Laurie

    A favorite for tailgating!

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