Leftover ham from Easter? Put it to good use in these Ham Goo sandwiches! Stack ham, Swiss cheese and a decadent onion-poppyseed dressing in prepared buns then bake for an out-of-this-world party appetizer or lunch!
The name of this dish sounds kind of unappetizing, right?
Well, I’m here to tell you that you should forget about the name.
Or simply do what my sister did.
Once upon a time, I scribbled this recipe down for her before she moved across the country, wanting her to have some good dishes to make in her new town. My handwriting isn’t really that great, though I have been told it’s rather stylish, and because of this, she got confused when reading the recipe.
I received a call from her a few months later, and the first thing out of her mouth was, “What the heck is Ham God?”
“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
“The recipe card you wrote out says Ham God, and I cannot figure out what this is.”
It took a second, then it hit me.
So ever since, we’ve been calling these delightful Ham Goo sandwiches Ham God instead.
And if the name is off-putting to you, I suggest you doing the same.
That being said, Ham Goo/God is delicious.
It’s also incredibly easy to pull together, making it a lovely lunch or dinner for a (small) crowd or a great appetizer, assuming you don’t mind getting your hands dirty.
Layer ham on prepared sandwich buns of your choosing, then add on a layer of Swiss cheese… and then you top it off with a dressing that makes the sandwiches ooey gooey as they bake in the oven.
And yes, you should be pleased to know that I’ve made this recipe healthier than it’s original version. Even though that it shouldn’t be considered health food, it’s better than it used to be. Take that for what it’s worth. Because I don’t know about y’all, but it takes a special occasion to call for an entire stick of butter for me… and unfortunately, the day I made these, I couldn’t stomach a full stick of butter.
Curious about making this on your own?
Here’s how you do it:
- 1½ lbs. honey ham
- 4 oz. Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1½ teaspoons poppyseeds
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
- 12 (storebought) honey wheat rolls
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
- On the stovetop, heat the olive oil, butter, onion, poppyseeds, Worcestershire and mustard together until combined. Remove and let cool.
- Cut the honey wheat rolls in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the prepared baking sheet.
- Layer the honey ham on top of the rolls, then top with the Swiss cheese.
- Pour half of the sauce directly on top of the Swiss cheese, then top with the roll tops. Spread the rest of the sauce on top of the rolls.
- Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.
- Enjoy warm!