This is a special request from the little girl. She wanted a ham and cheese “stick”. So I remade an old recipe. The original version was the Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups.
The original roll-ups were an appetizer that I saw at a function that we attended some time ago. I made my own version sometime ago and now I am re-working it.
The recipe for the original roll-ups –
Take a piece of sandwich bread and cut the crusts off. Then flatten the bread (this is a very important step, will explain later). Smear mayo or butter on the flattened, crustless bread. Then place a piece of cooked ham and a cheese slice (square slices are best) on the bread. Roll the whole thing up and secure with fancy picks. Slice into 3 or 4 mini-rolls.
At this point I have to stress that it is crucial to flatten the bread. I discovered (the hard, experimental way) that if this step is missed, the whole thing crumbles and breaks – the resulting rolls are just plain ugly.
The reworked version starts with flattening the bread too. A ham slice, roughly 2/3 of the bread is placed on the bread, makeing sure that three sides of the bread and ham are aligned. Place a stick of cheese on the ham, aligning the long edge. Then roll, beginning on the cheese/ham side. I found that I didn’t need to secure the rolls with picks.
The rolls were supposed to be toasted in the oven but I was lazy (the toaster oven was out of commission and it was too much trouble to fire up the big oven) so I just used the stovetop grill.
Well, the little girl was happy! So were our guests!