This blog post was sponsored by KING’S HAWAIIAN® but the recipe and opinions are all my own.
Recently I talked about my plans for holiday meals and snacks and how I was tackling shopping for it all. Well, shopping is done and Christmas is here! I told you in that post that I would share one of my favorite recipes for the holidays. The recipe is for Holiday Baked Sandwiches. Yum! Love these! They’re perfect for using up leftover turkey and ham from Thanksgiving or Christmas. I’ve made these sandwiches for Christmas, New Years, and Easter. They’re completely perfect for a casual holiday meal or party.
Each ingredient in this recipe is very important. KING’S HAWAIIAN® rolls are a must because of their soft texture and lightly sweet flavor. Plus the rolls are just the right size for little slider sandwiches. I use these rolls for so much more than just a side to my holiday meal; they are incorporated into many recipes such as stuffing, croutons for salads, various kinds of sandwiches, breakfast, desserts, and more.
Caramelized onions add so much flavor to this recipe. If you’ve never caramelized onions, I’ll tell you that it’s easy but takes hours. Rushing the onions is not a good idea because you could end up with crispy pan fried onions instead of sweet and rich caramelized onions. So plan ahead and start your onions hours before you plan to assemble the sandwiches.
Also, don’t skimp on the onions! You’ll cut up all the onions and fill your pan and think “really?! All of these onions for twelve sandwiches?!” The answer is YES. First, the onions will cook down and lose up to 75% of their volume. Second, you’ll want to be generous with these delicious onions as you make the sandwiches. Third… I always “sample” quite a few onions when they’re finished just to be sure they taste right. Can’t even help myself, so I plan to lose a good portion of onions to myself. Sooooo not sorry about it either!
Once the onions are caramelized you can begin building the sandwiches:
Tip: Make the sandwiches up to a day ahead of your meal/party. Cover them and refrigerate until you’re ready to make the sauce, pour the sauce over the sandwiches, and then bake. Easy!
You guys… so good!
Holiday Baked Sandwiches
- 4 medium onions, peeled and sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 12 KING’S HAWAIIAN® sweet dinner rolls
- 12 slices of provolone cheese
- 12 ounces of sliced cooked turkey or ham (leftover meat works well, or use deli meat)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat for one minute. Add the onions and reduce the heat to medium low. Cook gently, stirring often, until the onions become translucent.
(Caramelizing onions can take a couple of hours, so be patient.)
2. Once the onions have begun to cook down and are translucent, add the salt and white sugar. Continue to cook the onions over medium-low to medium heat, stirring often, until they’re caramel brown. Remove from the heat and set aside.
3. Slice the KING’S HAWAIIAN® rolls to make sandwich buns. Place the bottom halves in a 9×12 baking dish. Top the bottom halves of the rolls with your choice of meat and then a slice of cheese. Spoon the caramelized onions onto each sandwich. Finish each sandwich with the top half of the roll.
4. In a small pot, combine the butter, brown sugar, onion powder, mustard, poppy seeds, and Worcestershire sauce. Heat over medium-high heat and whisk until combined. Allow the mixture to simmer for one minute, stirring occasionally, then remove from heat. Pour the sauce evenly over the sandwiches.
5. Bake the sandwiches at 350 for about 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and the tops of the sandwiches are lightly browned.
Makes 12 slider sandwiches (6 servings)
TIP: Be sure not to bake the sandwiches on the bottom rack of your oven. The buttery sauce could easily burn, so keep an eye on these sandwiches as they bake.
How do you use KING’S HAWAIIAN® rolls in your holiday cooking? If you have a recipe you love, share it in the comments.