Category Archives: ASM Entertains

03/02/17

Make Ahead “Party Sandwiches”

These simple make-ahead Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, or as we refer to them, “Party Sandwiches” are a snack that my grandmother has been making since I was young, and at any family gathering that they appear at, they are instantly swarmed and consumed.

They are a cinch to make, and my favorite part of this recipe is that you can prep them the day before, layer them in a foil, disposable pan or a Pyrex dish, keep in your refrigerator covered, and then just heat and serve when the party starts.

The original recipe calls for these to be made with King’s Hawaiian Yeast Rolls, and that is certainly just fine & perfectly delicious as well, but these mini croissants that I found at Sam’s Club (love shopping in bulk!) elevated the game a bit and they were dainty little finger sandwiches just perfect for a mid-morning baby shower. But, pretty much any roll or bread of choice will be just perfect for these.

Here is how I made them…


Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches 

This is not an exact science, and I am not even sure I can call this a “recipe”, it’s more of a method, but I will walk you through it.

Ingredients:

  • Sandwich bread: croissants, slider rolls, mini buns, or even dinner rolls
  • Deli Ham, thinly sliced
  • Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Poppy Seeds

Directions:

First, let’s start with the dressing…

Depending on how many sandwiches you are making, the amounts can drastically differ, so I always do this dressing based on proportions rather than an actual recipe. It’s always 2 parts Dijon mustard to 1 part each of the mayo, honey, and brown sugar. And then sprinkle in as many poppy seeds as your heart desires, and salt and pepper to taste, also if desired. Set the dressing aside and allow the flavors to marry.

Split the bread into 2 equal pieces and liberally spread the homemade honey mustard dressing onto each side.

Add 1 slice of cheese to each bread slice. And then, pile a few thin slices of shaven ham just for good measure, and then put it all together.

I used a 12 slice of Swiss Cheese on each half and 1 full thin, slice of ham on each side.

Then, sandwich it all together!

So very simple, but so very delicious.

I love seeing all those fluffy crowns packed neatly inside the pan, ready to be baked, and, most importantly, enjoyed.

1 pan of these down… only 4 more to go!

Then, cover with a large sheet of aluminum foil, & store in the refrigerator until ready to heat and serve.

When ready to serve, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat the sandwiches, still covered, for 12-15 minutes, or until just toasted and the cheese has melted. I like to uncover mine for just the last 2-3 minutes to ensure the tops get a little toasty as well. But, that’s just me. Then pile them high on a platter so your guests can grab 1 or 2… or even 3.

Perfect!

They are delicious hot and fresh from the oven, or even at room temperature, should they sit out just a bit too.

The most important thing is, the ones you share these little party sandwiches with, and we had such a fun afternoon all together.

xoxo…

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02/27/17

Storybook Baby Shower

This past weekend, we showered one of my besties, sweet Sloan, and her and Ryan’s soon-to-be family of 3!

Sloan was my very first college friend and I literally cannot imagine my life without her.

You know those people that you think understand what you are trying to say, even when the words come out horribly wrong, but they get it because they get you and know your heart? Yep. She is one of those people for me, along with the other 2 ladies in the above picture. One of those if I had to call in the middle of the night, she would answer, people. And this is a super sweet season to be walking through with her and her family.

Sloan is a voracious reader, and we have no doubt that the baby, and any other children to follow, will grow to love stories and the written word as much as their Mama, so we hostesses felt that a classic Storybook Themed Baby Shower seemed just about perfect for this Mommy-to-be. And everything from the invitations, to the games, the decorations, and even the food & drink were all themed.

Isn’t that story book banner adorable? Oh the wonders of what you can buy off Etsy!

Classic Ball jars and clear, glass vases were peppered throughout the space filled with Baby’s Breath, greenery, and bright & cheery sunflowers.

Lest there be any confusion regarding the theme, we also displayed each of the children’s books the food items were themed after next to or near that item. Plus, it was a great take-home gift to the mommy-to-be from the hostesses.

Baby Dobrin’s library is already full!

I just love a good theme party and this was one was so fun and whimsical.

My food items were Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches (we took creative liberties and this loosely translated to our Green Eggs & Ham Dr Seuss menu tie-in) and a colorful Veggie Platter with Creamy Herb Dip that would make even Peter Rabbit blush with envy.

And, we wash it all down with “Man in the Yellow Hat” bright yellow lemonade from, one of my childhood favorites, Curious George.

Now, I have shared my favorite recipe for Creamy Herb Dip before that I had first made for my roommate’s engagement party, but wanted to share with you again for good measure. And, later this week, I will share with you my Make Ahead Party Sandwiches recipe that I mentioned above. You will love making these for your next social gathering! So, so easy and delicious!

Another touch I loved was the idea to use a book as our guest book, that way each time Sloan or Ryan read it to the baby, they can also read the notes and encouragements from their friends and family who attended on this day.

I know it will be a keepsake she treasures. There are signatures peppered throughout the entire book. With each turn of the page, I know she will smile.

Sloan is not really one who enjoys being the center of attention, but she indulged all her guests by sitting in the front of the room and took time to open each and every gift— and there were many. 

And, in turn, we all ooohed and ahhhed at all the right moments and loved watching her reactions to each of the gifts. It’s an amazing thing to watch your friends become mothers and how naturally they embrace all of it.

And, this baby, this baby already loves the Bulldawgs!

He or she already has many, many gameday outfits and accessories come fall.

We had such fun at the shower and we are all so excited about this blessing and literally cannot wait to meet him or her in April.

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xoxo…

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