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Wednesday, December 19, 2012


With the holidays just around the corner, today I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you. The first time I had these sandwiches I was at a friend's house for the first play date for our then-3 year and 5 year old kids.  Time has passed and these friends have become very dear to us, and she graciously shared this recipe with me!

These sandwiches are a perfect savory lunch, addition to a soup or salad for a quick dinner, or even a tasty party appetizer.  Please forgive the lighting in the photographs, this was a spur of the moment decision for a post as I fixed them after church the other night.   Don't judge the recipe on the photo quality! :)

Southwestern Ham & Turkey Sandwiches


1 pkg. King's Hawaiian Dinner Rolls (must be the sweet-don't get another kind)
Sliced Deli Ham and Turkey 
2 c. shredded cojac cheese

1/2 tsp. chili powder               1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. salt                           1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/3 c. sour cream                   1/3 c. chopped cilantro
1/3 c. chopped green onions

Slice entire package of rolls horizontally in half-sandwich style. Fold open into two halves.  

Spread 1/2 of sauce on one side and 1/2 on the other.  Layer a few ham and turkey slices over the sauce on each side.  Sprinkle both sides with cheese and cook at 350 degrees until cheese is melted, about 10-15 minutes.

If desired, add olives, tomato, and avocado slices.  If I'm using these for an appetizer, I cut each roll apart and leave them open-faced, like little pizzas.

If they are for a meal, use a spatula to flip one entire side on top of the other.  Then, I've found a serrated bread knife works best to cut each roll apart.

After a busy day of last minute shopping or wrapping gifts, enjoy the warm ooey-gooey goodness of these sandwiches!

The secret to these sandwiches is in the spread and the sweet rolls.  Most of the time my husband and I eat these on our own, so I only use 1/2 the package of rolls and make up the sauce but save 1/2 of it for later.  It keeps well for several days.

Have a great Wednesday everyone!  I'm making loads and loads of Candied Cinnamon Sugar Almonds and Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls!

Would you like to comment?

  1. We always have the Hawaiian sweet rolls on hand, they're the staple for school lunch sandwiches. These look yummy hot out of the oven!

  2. Oh boy, these sound delicious! My kids love those Hawaiian rolls! Need to try this for sure. Merry Christmas and thanks for stopping by the other day with your sweet comment! I really appreciated it.

  3. I can't begin to tell you how much I would like one of these right this instant! They look delicious….I think I'll make them for our open house on Christmas Day! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I did her cinnamon rolls this past weekend, and sugared pecans last night! We're on the same wavelength. Those sandwiches look divine, thanks for sharing!

  5. Oh my goodness, yummmy! And so easy! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Looks DELISH but time for a stupid question - what is "cojac" cheese? (I'm sure I'll be mortified when I find out.)

    1. Not a bad question-I should have clarified. Cojac is Colby and Monterrey Jack mixed together.

  7. Thanks Jennifer - believe it or not I've never used either and have cooked longer than you've been alive lol!! Will now get the ingredients to make this.

  8. Yum! I love cilantro, but have never thought to put it in a sandwich, these look so good, and I absolutely love kings hawaiian bread...yum again. Hope you have a great holiday, I'm predicting some snow by you guys on Christmas ;)

  9. These look delicious, Jennifer! The Kings Hawaiian bread is a favorite of mine!
    Your holiday decorations are just beautiful! I especially love the ribboned pine cones tied on your chairs and the oversized ornaments you put outside. Gorgeous!
    Wishing you a very Blessed and Merry Christmas!

  10. I make these a bit differently...a little spicier is all. :) Aren't they wonderful? The grands ask for them a LOT.

    All of your decor is just beautiful!


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