Sara’s Kitchen: Hot Ham Sandwiches

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IMG_3995Until this afternoon, I’ve been hosting a few Midtown Harrisburg “refugees” in my home.

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)

To make:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop ham and put in medium-sized bowl.
  3. Tear cheese slices into small pieces and add to bowl.
  4. Add relish and mustard.
  5. Add mayonnaise and stir gently to combine. Add more mayo if it seems “dry.” However, this should not take the consistency of a “salad.”
  6. Spoon into bakery rolls, careful not to overfill.
  7. Wrap each sandwich individually in foil.
  8. Toss onto a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  9. 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.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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