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YIELDS:

9 – 12 servings

PREP TIME:

8 hours 10 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 30 – 35mins

TOTAL TIME:

8 hours 45 mins

INGREDIENTS

1 package Hawaiian sweet rolls (use 9 -12)

4 Heaping Tbsp. horseradish sauce

6 Large slices oven-roasted turkey (Boar’s head was my preference) cut in half

6 slices Swiss cheese, cut into quarters

1/2 cup butter

2 Tbsp. finely chopped shallots

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 1/2 Tsp.Worcestershire sauce

1/4 Tsp. garlic powder

2 Tsp. everything bagel seasoning

DIRECTIONS

1. Without separating rolls, cut rolls in half horizontally; arrange bottom halves of rolls in a greased 9×9-in. baking dish OR place 9 rolls in a 8×8 baking dish. Spread cut side of roll bottoms with horseradish sauce. Place a quarter slice of cheese on the bottom, top with 1/2 slice of turkey which is folded into a little bundle and top with another quarter piece of the cheese.  Place the top of the rolls right on top of the assembled sandwiches.

2. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, 1-2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients except the everything seasoning. Pour the mixture over the rolls.  Sprinkle the tops with the everything bagel seasoning.  Cover with tin foil and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to allow the rolls to soak up that sauce. 

3. Preheat oven to 350°. Take the baking dish out of the fridge and let sit on the counter for 20 minutes.

4.  Bake the covered sandwiches for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until golden brown. (about 5-10 minutes)

5. Serve on a platter and enjoy!

NOTES:  At some point in your life, someone has served some version of these mini, baked sandwiches made with some kind of cheese and a meat choice (I’ve seen ham, turkey, pepperoni and ground meat.).  They are always served on those delicious, sweet Hawaiian rolls and they are just delicious.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad one.

With that said, I wanted to be sure to give you my version. (Well, actually, there are many but we’ll call this my “game day” version since I’m writing this right in the middle of football season!)  The key to making these are those rolls!  What you put in them is up to you.  You definitely want a flavorful butter (that’s a must too) since that gets soaked into the rolls and helps them bake up soft on the inside and a little crispy and golden on the outside.  A little bit of perfection!

Full disclosure:  I usually use a 9 x 9 baking dish which holds one package of 12 Hawaiian rolls perfectly.  However, on the day I was writing and filming this recipe, I only had my 8 x 8 baking dish available!  I didn’t let that stop me…I just used that dish and made 9 sandwiches (which fit perfectly).  Moral of the story?  Don’t let the size of your dish control you…lol…you can make it work.  Another note on this, I didn’t change the recipe at all (except for the number of rolls), I just used all of ingredients on the 9 rolls.  And guess what?  They came out great!  So, this recipe is more of a guideline and you really can’t get it wrong.

Everyone went nuts over these and your guests or family will too.  A platter of these were gone in minutes and they were asking for more!  Have fun and be sure to share your photos if you make them! 

Looking for other game day appetizers?  Check out my Super Bowl Menu for more inspiration!

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