I have yet another confession to make. I don’t like sports. Well, I DO watch maybe one or two Chicago Cubs games a year, but only home games. It’s a nostalgia thing for me. After one or two, watching them lose gets depressing and even nostalgia isn’t enough to stop the facepalm from happening. But even being from Chicago (if I ever call it “Chi-Town”, please smack me upside the head), they are the only team I like and watch. No Bears, no Sox, no whateverelsetheymayhave. And other teams and sports from far away lands like California or New York? Fuhgeddaboutit!
I DO however like this time of year for the snacks like these upscale potato skins . I tend to be a grazer when it comes to eating so foods like this bruschetta are also perfect for me. Sit me in front of the game
with a book or my kindle hidden in my lap with some snacks, rouse me when it’s time for the fun commercials and I’m perfectly content to pretend to cheer for the home team… or whatever team it is we’re supposed to be cheering for.
This type of mini sandwich has been all over the web for the last few years. I have absolutely no idea at this point who started the trend, but I love them. They are usually a ham and cheese version with a simple mustard, butter and poppy seed sauce poured over them. I wanted to pump up the flavor some though. And what is one way to pump up flavor? ADD BACON!!! Bacon is my reason for living. I know many of you will agree.
I made this into a club version of that sandwich. Turkey, ham, cheese and bacon. BUT…yes, there is a but… then I added a lovely garlic/Parmesan sauce over the top. I am pretty sure that one of these sandwiches meets your daily caloric needs for about 3 weeks. But they are totally worth it. My husband ate about 6 of them. So now I don’t have to feed him for like 4.5 months, right?
These are delightfully messy and buttery- in other words, perfect guy and kid food as well as perfect game food. But you could probably go down a bit on the butter and still be fine.
You know the drill…. 🙂
Mrs. Cupcake, who is going to smell like garlic butter for a week.
Mini Baked Turkey Bacon Club Sandwiches
- 16 dinner rolls (I used potato rolls- I’ve found them at Wal-mart, Aldis, Meijer, Kroger… most big chains)
- 1 lb good quality bacon, cooked until just crisp
- 1/2 lb thin sliced deli ham
- 1/2 lb thin sliced deli turkey
- 1 lb of your favorite sliced cheese (I used 1/2 lb each of Havarti and Muenster)
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
- 4 finely minced garlic cloves (or sub 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (while I usually use fresh, the powdery jarred version is fine for these)
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13×9 inch pan. Place the bottom half of the rolls in the pan. I squish 6 down each side then place 4 all snuggled up down the middle of the pan in between the two lines.
- Layer the rolls with the bacon, turkey, ham and cheese. Place the top half of the rolls on the sandwiches
- Add the garlic (or garlic powder) , Parmesan, onion powder and Worcestershire to the melted butter. Stir well to combine. Pour the butter mixture evenly over the tops of the sandwiches, spreading it around if needed. The Parmesan makes this clump a little, so just spoon it around.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the sandwiches are lightly browned on top and the cheese is bubbly. let cool for about 3 minutes, then slice in between the sandwiches and serve
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