Ham, Apple, and Cheddar Sliders
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© Paden Reich
Finger foods. There’s something about eating with your hands that makes food taste better—especially sliders, and especially sliders that combine salty cheese, ham, and crisp apple or pear. I put this favorite combo of mine between sweet, doughy Hawaiian rolls and fell instantly and deeply in love. You feel like you’re getting a whole sandwich when in reality the portion size is halved. But the taste is concentrated and even more delicious. Plus, they’re cute, easy, and fun, which makes them perfect for a party.
1. Stir together the relish, mustard, chives, and honey in a small bowl. Toss the apple slices with the lemon juice. Spread the relish mixture on the cut sides of the rolls. Build the sandwiches with the cheese, apple slices, ham, and arugula.
I have an ingenious shortcut: I take a big bread knife, hold down the whole package of rolls, cut all 12 across the center, open it up like it’s this big square sandwich, and lay down all the meat, cheese and relish. Top off with the other half, then cut each one individually. It makes your life super easy.
1⁄4 cup dill pickle relish
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh chives
1 teaspoon honey
1 apple (such as Gala or Pink Lady), sliced into half-moons
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
12 Hawaiian sweet rolls, split
12 sharp Cheddar cheese slices
8 ounces thinly sliced Black Forest ham 11⁄2 cups loosely packed baby arugula
Hands on time