Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders

I’ve really been loving hot sandwiches lately. Sandwiches – in general – are always one of my go-tos on busy days, but since it’s been so cold, I’ve been highly favoring hot meals. A nice, toasty sandwich that I can have in hand in just a few minutes? Sounds perfect.

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These easy sandwiches are actually something I came up with in college – a quick way to feed a crowd. They’ve got the flavors of the fancy restaurant chicken cordon bleu with a fraction of the effort. With only five ingredients, it’s something you can easily pick up to make on your way home from work. I usually serve it along with potato chips and a big green salad for dinner, but these would also make a great munchies for a party.

For these, I bought already-cooked grilled chicken to speed up the prep a little more, but you can cook your own and dice or shred it up.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

I actually didn’t make this casserole for breakfast, but for brunch after church.  It’s a perfect after church meal, because it’s easy to throw together while you’re trying to rush everyone out of the house.  And the cook time is perfect to have it ready when you get back.

I used potatoes with onions and peppers in them to add plenty of flavor without adding a chopping step.  This one is really just “assembly only”.  Important when you’re trying not to be the last family to slip into the sanctuary.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Quick Ham and Pineapple over Couscous

You know I love a 15 minute meal.  This one may come in at even less time than that.

I’ve had the idea for this for a while, but I wasn’t confident about how the flavors would taste together.  But it was great!  Especially considering the super quick prep time.

This dish does have jalepeno, but if you’re careful to remove the seeds, they aren’t spicy.  It gives a nice addition to the flavors.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Hawaiian BBQ Sandwiches (inspired by Earl of Sandwich)

When we were in Disney World a few weeks ago, we had dinner one night at the Earl of Sandwich in Downtown Disney.  My oldest son and I shared a Hawaiian BBQ Sandwich.

It’s stacked with thinly sliced ham, grilled chicken, Swiss cheese, pineapple and barbeque sauce.  Amazing!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Yesterday, we talked about how to make white sauce.  That is the basis for this dish too.  The simple white sauce poured over layers of potato, ham ans shredded Swiss cheese makes for a wonderful dinner.

In order to keep the baking time to a minimum and ensure the potatoes get cooked all the way through, I boiled the whole potatoes and then sliced them.  Since everything is hot going into the oven, it only needs about 20 minutes to melt the cheese and finish off the dish.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:  [Read more…]

Not Your Ordinary Ham and Cheese Sandwich

There’s something about church that makes everyone positively ravenous.  I can’t seem to get lunch on fast enough on Sundays.

Last week, I made these sandwiches.  The ham slices were pre-cut from the grocery, sold in the meat department.  I fried them on the griddle (because the gas grill was out of gas).  I topped the ham with thick slices of Monterey Jack cheese, sauteed onions and mild banana pepper rings.

What’s the best sandwich you’ve had lately?

 

Ingredient Spotlight: Ham

Easter is coming and that often means ham.  Which leads to leftovers.

Leftover ham, means easy meals.  If you’re fortunate enough to have extras, cube and freeze the ham in 2-3 cup quantities.  Then you’ll be all set to pull it out for a quick dinner.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes that use ham: [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Ham and Vegetable Soup

The wonders never cease.  My kids actually tried the pearl onions in this soup.  And they liked them!  Amazing.

This is one of those fantastic “assembly only” type recipes.  Basically, you dump everything in the slow cooker and let it do its thing.

You don’t have to use pearl onions, if your kids are averse (but you might give it a go, because you never know…).  The bag of frozen veggies I used included the onions.  There are only 5 ingredients in this soup and they can be changed up as you wish.

Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

How to Use Your Oven as a Slow Cooker

Saturday was our first ever Virtual Freezer Cooking Day via Facebook.   I say first ever, because it was so much fun to cook with you all and it was so productive that I know I’ll want to do it again sometime.

I cooked 3 large pork roasts over night, plus an accidental ham.  (I thought it was something else, and by the time I figured out it was ham, it was too late.  It had to cook.)  There was no way all of that was going to fit in my slow cooker.

Oven to the rescue!  [Read more…]

Ham and Pineapple Fried Rice

My ears perked up when I heard someone mention a fried rice dish that involved ham and pineapple.  Any recipe that involves cubed ham gets my attention right now, since I have so much in the freezer.

My family likes the ham/pineapple combo in recipes, but I admit that this sounded a little strange.  But I was wrong.  The fried rice was full of flavor and we licked the platter clean.  No leftovers to fight over.

I based the recipe on Vietnam Fried Rice, but I used pineapple juice in addition to the soy sauce to season and flavor the dish.  Here’s what you’ll need: [Read more…]

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