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April 9, 2015

Ham Goo Sandwiches

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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!

One Ham Goo Sandwich on a plate, with a platter of other sandwiches in the background, ready for eating

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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.

Collage of how to make Ham Goo sandwiches, going from layering the ham to adding the cheese and adding the onion sauce before topping the buns

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.

“Ooooooooooh.”

A tray of Ham Goo Sandwiches, fresh from the oven and ready to be eaten

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.

Gooey Ham Goo Sandwiches being served out of the baking sheet, which just came out of the oven. Cheese is gooey and the sandwiches look TASTY.

Tips for the Best Ham Goo Sandwiches

  • If you don’t have honey ham, you can use store-bought ham. I really like to get spiral ham sliced, but if you’ve got another kind of favorite ham, have at it!
  • This recipe is shockingly “healthier” than the original, and if you want to be extra decadent, swap the olive oil below for butter.
  • Make the buttery onion sauce in advance, and store in the refrigerator until time to make the sandwiches.
  • The layering is quite easy, and be sure to evenly spread the ingredients so that there’s a little bit of everything in each bite!

Ham Goo Sandwich Essential Tools

Ham Goo sandwiches Pinterest collage, featuring a final image of one sandwich ready for eating and another sandwich being lifted out of the baking sheet, gooey from the oven.

Curious about making this on your own?

Here’s how you do it:

Ham Goo Sandwiches
Yield: 12 small sandwiches

Ham Goo Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs. honey ham
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, , thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 onion, small, chopped
  • 1 ½ teaspoons poppyseeds
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 12 honey rolls (wheat or regular)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. On the stovetop, heat the olive oil, butter, onion, poppyseeds, Worcestershire and mustard together until combined. Remove and let cool.
  3. Cut the honey wheat rolls in half. Place the bottom half of the rolls on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Layer the honey ham on top of the rolls, then top with the Swiss cheese.
  5. 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.
  6. Bake the rolls for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.
  7. Enjoy warm!

Notes

If you don't have honey ham, you can use store-bought ham. I really like to get spiral ham sliced, but if you've got another kind of favorite ham, have at it!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12 sandwiches

Serving Size:

1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 26mg Sodium: 570mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 18g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 13g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

Have you ever misread a recipe name and then renamed the recipe because of it?


3 Comments

  1. Mary

    Hey, those are my hands modeling that delicious sandwich! 😀

    • Erin

      Best hand model ever?
      Best hand model ever!

  2. Joanne Blankenship

    thank you ,my niece,these are fantastic! Long day running around Pittsburgh. needed a tasty snack when we got home.This ham goo filled the bill.

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