Ham & Swiss Ring with Mustard Sauce

You know how I love to wrap things up in bread, from main dish “rings” to sweet rolls, it’s just plain fun! As we are heading into Superbowl week, you all might be thinking about game food. This recipe for Ham & Swiss Ring might just be the thing for you and the fans at your house. The mustard sauce is a recipe my mom always makes when we have ham. I am not a big ham eater but when this sauce is around I will use anything to scoop it up and get it into my mouth!

We live just east of Seattle across Lake Washington in “Microsoft Land” and everyone around here is pretty excited about the Seahawks. I am enjoying the unity that comes from a community having a team going to the Superbowl. People striking up conversations with others, with smiles on their faces, who wouldn’t otherwise talk to each other, it is bringing people together. So regardless of who you are routing for, make some yummy food, get people together and have fun!

Ham & Swiss Ring with Mustard Sauce

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Bread Dough:
2 pkg (4½ tsp) dry yeast
1½ cups warm water (110°)
4 tsp sugar
4 Tbl olive oil
1½ tsp salt
4 cups bread flour

Ham & Swiss Filling:
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 Tbl mustard
1½ lb deli ham
8 oz Swiss cheese, grated

In bowl of mixer, sprinkle yeast over the warm water, sprinkle sugar over yeast.  When yeast if foamy, add oil, salt, and flour.  knead.  Let rise in warm place until doubled. Roll out dough to a rectangle approx. 20″x12″.  Stir together cream cheese and mustard; spread over dough.  Sprinkle half the Swiss cheese evenly over dough, lay ham over cheese in an even layer, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Roll up, starting with a long side, pinch seam to seal. Place seam side down on a silpat lined or sprayed baking sheet, pinch ends together to form a ring.  With kitchen scissors, cut from outside edge to two-thirds toward center of ring at about 1″ intervals (see picture above). Separate strips slightly, twist to allow filling to show.  Cover and let rise 30 minutes.  Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crust is done.  Serve hot from the oven with mustard sauce for dipping.  Pull apart, dip, and enjoy!

Ham Sauce:
1 cup cream, divided
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbl flour
2 Tbl dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup vinegar

Scald 2/3 cup or the cream in double boiler. In small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup cream, flour, dry mustard, salt, and egg yolks. Whisk into scalded cream, continue cooking until thickened (about 3 minutes). Remove from heat and whisk in vinegar. Refrigerated until ready to use. Best served at room temperature.

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Mac & Cheese & More

One can never have too many macaroni & cheese recipes.  This is not my life’s motto, but, I believe a true statement.  The green chilies give this a little kick and who can resist bacon.  I cannot take credit for this recipe, I can’t remember where I got it, but thanks to someone creative.  It’s easy and delicious.

1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 can (14.5 oz) corn, undrained
1 can (14.5 oz) creamed corn
1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes & green chilies
1 cup milk
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used Mexican Blend)
2 cups dry macaroni
8 oz cooked ham, cubed (I used 8 slices cooked, crumbled bacon)

Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray a 13″x9″ baking pan.  Melt butter in large microwave safe bowl in microwave.  Stir in onion, corn, creamed corn, tomatoes & chilies, milk, cheese, macaroni, and ham.  Cover tightly with foil and bake for 40 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 30 minutes more.  I did sprinkle more shredded cheese on top with 5 minutes bake time remaining.

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Italian Muffuletta

This is our new favorite sandwich.  The olive spread has intense flavor and all the meat and cheese, it is an incredible bite!  Plus, the presentation is an impressive stack of goodness.  It can easily be made on a purchased Italian loaf, but if you have the time there is nothing like homemade bread.  From tasteofhome.com.

Italian Bread (1 loaf):
1¼ cup warm water (110°)
2¼ tsp (1 pkt) dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbl olive oil
3 cups bread flour
1½ tsp salt
1 egg white
sesame seeds

In bowl of mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast over water, and sprinkle sugar over yeast.  Add olive oil, flour, and salt, mix and knead.  Turn dough out into greased bowl, turn over to coat, cover and let rise 1 hour.  Punch down.  Form into loaf, round or oval, your choice.  Put on Silpat on perforated sheet or lightly sprayed baking sheet.  Cover and let rise about 30 minutes.  Preheat oven to 425°.  Brush loaf with egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Bake for 35 minutes, cover with foil during baking to stop over-browning.  Cool completely.

Filling:
2/3 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, chopped
1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
6 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Italian salad dressing
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 pound sliced deli turkey
1/4 pound sliced Swiss cheese
1/4 pound thinly sliced hard salami
1/4 pound sliced provolone cheese
1/4 pound thinly sliced ham

In a small bowl, combine green olives, black olives, Parmesan, dressing, and garlic, set aside.  Cut bread in half horizontally and carefully hollow out some of top and bottom of insides for filling.  Spread half of olive mixture over bottom half of bread.  Layer with turkey, Swiss cheese, salami, provolone cheese, ham.  Spread remaining olive mixture on underside of bread top and place on sandwich.  Cut into individual portions to serve.

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Onion Potato & Feta Oven Omlette

We have had this twice for dinner this week, just switch up the ingredients!  Easy to throw together and a little different taste depending on what you add or take away.  First night we had onion, potato, and feta cheese, the second night onion, peppers, ham, and feta, both good.  Change up the type of herbs, cheese, meat and/or vegetable to make all different flavor combinations.  I love the ease of frozen chopped onion, frozen peppers, and frozen hash browns, always on hand for quick meals.

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup small cubed potato (can use shredded)
1 cup chopped bell peppers
1/2-3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
8 large eggs
3/4 cup whipping cream (or half & half or milk)
1 Tbl fresh thyme
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 375°.  Spray fry pan with non-stick spray (or can use oil and/or butter) and saute onion, potato, and peppers until browned and tender.  Place veggies in bottom of sprayed 9″ pie plate, round or square pan, I use a Demarle mold (no spray or prep necessary).  Whisk together eggs, cream, thyme, and salt & pepper.  Pour over veggies in pan.  Bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is just set.

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Ham & Cheese Rye Muffins

These are yummy!  I found this recipe on the internet, great for brunch, lunch or dinner with a salad.  This is double the recipe because I like the muffins to be good sized.  All these flavors work so well together, rye, caraway, onion, ham, and cheese.  These are a new family favorite!  My son started talking about different meat and cheese combinations we could use in the future, his imagination went wild, we will be having some great muffins.

Ham & Cheese Rye Muffins

2½ cups flour
2/3 cup rye flour
4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp caraway seed
1 tsp onion salt
2 egg, beaten
1½ cup milk
1/2 cup oil
1 cup finely chopped fully cooked ham
1¼ cups shredded Swiss or Gruyère cheese (5 ounces), divided

Preheat oven to 400°.  Lightly grease twelve muffin cups or line with paper baking cups; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl stir together flour, rye flour, baking powder, sugar, caraway seed, and onion salt. In a small mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, and oil; add all at once to flour mixture. Add ham and 1 cup of the cheese. Stir just until moistened. (The batter should be lumpy.)

Spoon into the prepared muffin cups, filling each almost full. Bake about 20 minutes, or till golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake for about 1 minute more, or till cheese is melted. Remove from pans; cool slightly on rack.