{Food Dish} Best Party Food Contest: Honorable Mention 1

Thank you to all our readers who submitted their great party food recipes! We had a fun time testing them out. Over the next several weeks, we'll unveil a couple honorable mentions, as well as the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st place winners.

So, today, we reveal the 1st Honorable Mention . . . Sweet Ham and Swiss Sliders, from Heather Cheney of Corvallis, Oregon! We loved the classic ham and Swiss combo dressed up in a new way. In fact, one of our editors' husbands loved this so much, they're making them again this weekend!



Sweet Ham and Swiss Sliders

16 white dinner-style rolls, cut in half
24 slices honey ham
16 slices swiss cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
1/4 C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

On a rimmed baking sheet place bottom half of dinner rolls and top with 1 1/2 slices of ham and 1 slice of swiss cheese. Spread about 1 tsp of mayonnaise on each top-half of roll and place on top of ham and cheese. You want the rolls to be snug together, kissing just a bit so the sauce can soak up into all of the nooks and crannies.

In a small bowl combine the mustard, melted butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and brown sugar. Mix until combined and evenly pour over the assembled rolls. Cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake, up to 24 hours ahead of time. 

Bake covered with foil for 10 minutes, remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the tops are browned, and cheese is good and melted.

Heather Cheney

Other top recipes from the contest:
Winner: Mango-Bacon Guacamole

1st Runner-up: Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch

2nd Runner-up: Bacon-wrapped Italian Chicken

Honorable Mention: Italian Pasta Bites

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