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Impressing the In-Laws (Recipe – Oven Ham Sammies)

You know that moment? That moment where you make a dish from a recipe and then feed it to people. While they are eating it you hear “mmmmmm’s” and then the best thing ever happens… they begin asking for the recipe? You know when that person just happens to be your mother-in-law? All the better, right?

Remember, I used to not be able to cook…AT. ALL. Before Nick and I were married, we visited his parents. Always feeling inept in the kitchen, especially surrounded by all of his sisters and his mom, I would try to fit in by chopping this and stirring that. His mom needed to make a jello salad with fruit in it for a function we were going to. Jello salad with fruit in it…how hard could that be to mess up? I volunteered to make it for her and guess what. I messed up a jello salad. Seriously, I know… how freaking hard is it to make a jello salad with fruit in it? Apparently much harder than I had the talent for at the time. His mom was nice about it, but I could tell that she was disappointed.

I don’t think I ever redeemed myself as a cook with his family, until close to 12 years later when every one was gathered at our house after Leah’s baptism. To think that the redeeming dish was these oh so simple, Oven Ham Sammies. After that dinner every single person there asked me for the recipe. Everyone…and yes, that includes my mother-in-law. Thanks to my friend Torree for passing on this recipe and helping me gain a bit of a reputation with the in-laws. Now I”m feeling so confident, I may just go try to make a jello salad!

Oven Ham Sammies

1 12 count package Kings Hawaiian Rolls
1/2 cup butter melted
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1 tsp poppy seeds
2 tsp onion flakes
1 tsp worcheshire sauce
1 package swiss cheese
12-16oz thin sliced ham

Put ham and cheese on sliced rolls
Mix all other ingredients and spoon over sammies. Let set overnight or several hours
Bake on 350 for 15 min before serving

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  1. I have had this same recipe for many years and LOVE IT! It is a mainstay at all of our at-work pot luck lunches!

  2. That’s what I wanted for lunch today. I didn’t know it, but that is it! Darn

  3. sometimes simple is the best! They look delish
    .-= Sara @ Our Best Bites´s last blog ..Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles =-.

  4. looks like a winner – I think this would be a hit with any guests!
    .-= Gaby´s last blog ..Pesto Shrimp Hand Roll =-.

  5. I can just imagine how wonderful this was!! Impressive indeed!!! :)
    .-= Jen @ MaplenCornbread´s last blog ..TWD: Brownie Buttons =-.

  6. Wow, these really look fantastic…I know these would be a hit with my family! :)
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Peach Blackberry Crumble Tart {Guest Post}… =-.

  7. I’d be asking for the recipe, too – and now I have it! (and I have that same plate as well!)
    .-= Deborah ´s last blog ..Zucchini & Yellow Squash Soup =-.

  8. Oo poor you, messing up the jello salad (which I also have no idea what that is, btw) It’s always bad when that happens with the inlaws.. Glad you managed to impress them with this lovely sammich! :)
    .-= Simone (junglefrog)´s last blog ..Cannelloni with cauliflower and romanesca =-.

  9. I have been making this recipe for family get togethers for years. These are probably my all time favorite sandwich!!

  10. I have had something like these at a tailgating party before! They were delicious and a great party food!
    .-= Liesl´s last blog ..Baked Shells with Fontina and Parmesan Bread Crumbs =-.

  11. I don’t believe you were not able to cook! Not for a second! You amaze me with everything you make! And your photography is just to die for!

  12. With my MIL’s gourmet kitchen and expertise, I doubt I could ever impress her. But I’ll make these anyway and serve them to my husband who I’m sure will enjoy them!
    .-= Mrs. L´s last blog ..Grilled California Avocado BLT Burgers with Caramelized Chipotle Onions =-.

  13. Wow! Thanks for being the first comment on my blog! I just tried this recipe and it was amazing! Thanks for always beings the most amazing food resource on the net!
    .-= Savannah´s last blog ..The SIZZLING CHEF Revealed…. =-.

  14. I accidentally found your site while I was on Blue-Kitchen and boy am I glad I did! These sammies remind me of the ones my Grandmother used to make. She always used potato rolls but I never liked all that extra flour – the Hawaiian rolls would be so much better. I can’t wait to try these! And the pita salad – I’m always looking for something new to bring to parties. I’ll be back for more.

  15. I love how we always go crazy making complicated recipes and it’s the simplest ones that impress people. Of all the things I’ve slaved over from scratch, my family said my saltine cracker candy was the best thing I ever made!
    .-= Maris´s last blog ..To the East side =-.

  16. I made these last night and there was complete silence at the dinner table as my husband and I ate. That’s how we know it’s good stuff – no talking, just yummy noises!

  17. that is EXACTLY what I want right now. It would make a fab breakfast, right?
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Watermelon Salsa =-.

  18. Well… I’ve never made a jello salad… stuff suspended in jello kinda creeps me out. But those little sammies… DROOL!!!

    I will definitely be making them!!
    .-= marguerite´s last blog ..Quiche for Co-Workers or Real Men DO Eat Quiche =-.

  19. OMG. These look fabulous!! I think they’d be great served with Martha Stewart’s Mac & Cheese or my Cheesy/Dill Potato Casserole. YUM!!
    .-= Les in NE´s last blog ..Tuesday Teaser =-.

  20. Mellisa W says:

    Love, love, love this recipe. I made it Monday and already want it again. Thanks!


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