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christmas party appetizer, wanting to do mini ham & gruyere sandwiches

Just wondering how to do it.. I am thinking spiral ham in crock pot, buns and rolls and then somehow I need to get a cheese spread (gruyere maybe?) in a non-heated side container.. I will also have butter for the people who just like butter ham and bread. Any ideas? How can I make it festive and not lame?

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  1. I have no idea how this is, but I just saw this on food network last week, on Sunny Anderson's new show..

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    1. re: andieb

      since this is at someone else's home I won't have access to a stove but I may use the recipe to make the cheese spread.

    2. Well, this isn't a sandwich, but they are festive and can be made ahead, frozen, and baked at the last minute--Miniature Ham/Gruyere Turnovers.

      I made about 100 of these for a big party last month, and they were a decided hit. I cut (store-bought) puff pastry sheets into squares, dabbed each square w/dijon mustard, top that with a little ham, and piled a bit of gruyere (from a mountain of FP-shredded, painted the pastry edges with water, and folded over to make triangles, crimped the edges, and froze until party day, when I transferred them to cookie sheets and baked at 375 until golden.

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      1. re: nomadchowwoman

        mmm sounds great, and dijon could add a nice twist.

        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          Oh my goodness I know what I am having Christmas Dinner for an appetizer. Sounds wonderful.

        2. is there such a thing as cheesy pulled ham sandwiches?? Maybe it would be easier to have cheese and ham together as a sandwich filling.... just thinking about another 1 pot option.

          1. If you want to make a gruyere cheese spread, try fromage fort: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/fr...

            You can make it with any type of cheese(s), but gruyere would be fabulous, and 1000x better than anything you can buy in a supermarket.

              1. I've made this for a hearty appetizer before, and they're delicious. Use whatever type of cheese spread you like and mounded thinly sliced ham. Serve between sliced mini ginger scones (made with small diced candied ginger). Use a decorative pick to keep them together. They can be made before the party, mounded on a nice platter, and are ready to serve...no assembly required. You can also do cheese and turkey on mini cranberry scones.