Ham/Swiss Cheese (Slider) sandwiches

A party affair- slider sandwiches.

Ham-Slider-Sandwiches MWMy friend Joy introduced me to this recipe for slider sandwiches when she asked me to contribute them to a book signing for a mutual friend. They have been a must-have ever since. Dinner rolls with ham and cheese and a butter/brown sugar/poppyseed sauce give elegance to a traditional sandwich. I have used white slider  buns, honey slider buns, and whole wheat slider buns as well. I’ve used both the small dinner rolls and Sister Schubert’s yeast dinner rolls (pictured).  I’ve never tried them with homemade dough, but I am sure that would work well also.

These sandwiches are great to make ahead and freeze. When you are ready to serve them, pull them out of the freezer, make the sauce and pour it on top.

You can even make the sauce ahead and freeze it if you’d like.  Just warm the sauce before you put it on the sandwiches. In addition to the ham and swiss cheese, you’ll need ingredients for the sauce.  Butter, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and poppyseeds fill the bill.

You can put the sauce inside the buns or on top.  Putting the sauce on the outside helps the buns stay moister.  It also makes the sandwiches a little messier.  [My family thinks it’s worth the mess.]

I am re-posting this from three years ago.

The recipe.

Ham/Swiss Cheese (Slider) sandwiches

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course sandwiches


  • 1 lb. approximately deli ham or leftover ham from another meal.
  • 1/2 lb. approx baby Swiss cheese.
  • 24 small dinner rolls
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar


  • Put ham and cheese on the rolls and place in a 9 x 13 inch pan OR put into freezer bags and place in freezer for later use.
  • For sauce, combine the last 5 ingredients
  • Heat on low until it comes to a boil.
  • When ready to serve, pour sauce over the tops of the sandwiches
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Sloppy Joe top of bun

A Sloppy Joe recipe from way back when

I grew up on these and didn’t know there was a recipe for them. Then my mother told me that the recipe she used most often for these sandwiches was in the Mennonite Community Cookbook. It has a different name there: Barbecued Hamburger.

As most of us do, I’ve tweaked mine a little at times, and most of the time I just dump in and stir the ingredients. Once I found a recipe that suggested adding cooked rice to the mix. If you don’t add too much rice, your kids won’t be able to tell. It does help stretch the mix, but it also adds more starch.We have a neighbor who doesn’t care for rice. The first time I decided to try adding the rice, he and his wife stopped in and we invited them for supper. He told me these were the best Sloppy Joe sandwiches he had ever had. (We never told him about the rice!)

Sloppy Joes – or Call it anything you like

Once I was asked to babysit kids of friends of ours who were heading to the hospital to have a baby. I already had this stuff simmering on the stove when I got the call. This recipe is pretty kid-friendly – unless you have a child who doesn’t like Sloppy Joes. Yep. One of their girls didn’t like Sloppy Joes.

When the kids arrived and asked “What’s for supper?” I told them I was trying a new recipe (it was the truth; I was adding a few other seasonings to the mix). I told them we were having Sassy Sadie sandwiches. It worked that time. The gal who didn’t like Sloppy Joe sandwiches  gobbled those Sassy Sadie sandwiches right down. So now you can make this recipe and give it any name you like; I won’t mind.

If you have fried and drained hamburger in the freezer like it is suggested here, this recipe will be a cinch. If your hamburger is raw, just go ahead and fry up some hamburger and onions. Add ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and some salt and pepper. Then let it simmer, and you’ll be done.

What to do with leftover Sloppy Joe meat

If you have some leftovers, serve this mix later in the week. When there’s not enough to serve later but too much to throw away, you can use it with a baked potato bar or add it to some chili soup. I’ve also added it to spaghetti sauce or taco salad. That’s what I usually do (unless my hubby has  snarfed it up for a bedtime snack).

If you plan your menus by the week, you can make extra of this dish and use half of it later in the week on top of baked potatoes.

Sloppy Joe eaten P


Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Easy to fix and serve as leftovers. You won't need to buy anything special; just use what you already have in your kitchen.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 2 pounds hamburger
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Dice onion, then fry with hamburger
  • Drain
  • Put hamburger mixture into kettle and stir until smooth.
  • Add all other ingredients, then mix together
  • Simmer about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with hamburger buns

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Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


cucumberIt’s summertime, and that means it’s cucumber time. Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are easy to fix and delightful to serve.

The recipe calls for seedless cucumbers, but I have used cucumbers with seeds.

You’ll want to use smaller, tasty cucumbers for this. You can slice them into thin rectangular slices or use a vegetable slicer and make tiny rounds with them.

The recipe calls for white bread, but you can also use tortillas and roll the cucumbers up into them.

If you are using tortillas, you’ll want to use thinly-sliced cucumbers and possibly double the layers.

The cream cheese layer is easy to make. You can add other seasonings (red pepper flakes, etc.) if you’d like.


If you prefer, you can spread the whipped cream cheese on the bread and then sprinkle fresh dill on top. I find it easier to just mix it all together.

I have also used regular cream cheese, adding just a tablespoon of milk as I whipped it with a mixer. It take a little longer this way, but at the same time, it might save you a trip to the grocery.

I like to add salt and pepper to the cucumbers before I put the top layer of bread on, but that’s up to you.


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

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A tasty way to serve cucumbers at a tea or even for a child's party.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 2 seedless cucumbers ends trimmed
  • 12 slices white sandwich bread
  • 6 ounces whipped cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill I have used regular dill
  • 1 tablespoon onion and/or garlic powder


  • Mix whipped cream cheese, dill, and onion/garlic together
  • Trim ends of cucumber (peeling cucumber is optional)
  • Cut each cucumber crosswise into 4 equal pieces
  • Thinly slice each cucumber piece lengthwise into strips
  • Spread a thin layer of cream cheese mixture onto the bread slices
  • Divide the cucumber evenly among 6 slices
  • Top with remaining bread.
  • Trim the crusts and cut into quarters.