Their building had been evacuated but luckily, water never reached them, and they were simply waiting for gas and power to be restored for a safe return home.
On Thursday night, I made a version of my Quick Spaghetti (a hit!), and before the electricity returned late this afternoon we had to come up with a plan for the Steelers game. (Admittedly, I think we all wish we could un-watch that game, but such is life – at least the food was good.)
This recipe is courtesy of my mom. It is super easy, very tasty and a perfect way to sate a handful of hungry football viewers. I’ve made these for a casual New Year’s Eve party, too, and they went just as fast. What also is nice is that the foil you bake them in is a great crumb catcher for the crusty rolls. Also, if you make too many, just throw them in the fridge – they’re great later cold (Hello, tomorrow’s lunch).
Mom’s Hot Ham Sandwiches
- 1 lb chipped ham, chopped
- 4-5 slices of American cheese
- 2 T relish
- 1 1/2 T yellow mustard
- about a 1/4 cup of mayonnaise (enough to hold it all together)
- 1 dozen semi-soft rolls (from the bakery)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Chop ham and put in medium-sized bowl.
- Tear cheese slices into small pieces and add to bowl.
- Add relish and mustard.
- Add mayonnaise and stir gently to combine. Add more mayo if it seems “dry.” However, this should not take the consistency of a “salad.”
- Spoon into bakery rolls, careful not to overfill.
- Wrap each sandwich individually in foil.
- Toss onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
- Eat and collect compliments.
- For the cheese, I use Kraft Singles (or similar generic variety) for ultimate gooeyness. If using, you’ll need to tear, not cut the cheese slices into small pieces.
- Try to find fresh rolls, and you don’t want them to be too big. I chose “Party Kaisers” because they were a bit more petite than the regular Kaiser rolls at Giant and because the deli gave me more than 1 lb of ham. If I’d had just one pound, I would have purchased the “Western” rolls.
- Today’s recipe yielded 11 sandwiches. I might’ve overfilled a few.
- These are very hot right out of the oven. Use care when serving and warn your party guests.
- Keep any left over sandwiches in their foil packets and stick ’em in the fridge for tomorrow’s lunch.
Pour: Beer. We chose Peter Straub Special Dark.