Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

I’ve got these filed under “easy enough to throw together with a super fussy baby in tow”. Because that’s totally a file in our house right now. Teething, man.

As simple as these are, they took all day to make. I caramelized the onions during the first (30 minute) nap. Fried up the bacon during the second (20 minute) nap. Assembled and wrapped them in foil while I wore him on my back and then threw them in the fridge until ready to bake. It was just one of those days.

On another note, every time I make caramelized onions I have an oh-goodness-I love-these-so-much moment. I’m thinking I need to start just keeping caramelized onions in the fridge so I can put them on, like, everything.


Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Bacon
(slightly adapted from Pinch of Yum)
Serves 3

1 large yellow onion, sliced into thin rings
4 Tbsp. butter, divided
6 slices of bacon
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 package of King’s Hawaiian sub rolls (6 rolls)
1 lb. deli-sliced ham
6 slices Swiss cheese

In a frying pan over medium-low heat, melt 1 Tbsp. of butter and then add onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until caramelized. When done, transfer to a bowl and wipe out the pan. Cook the bacon in the same pan, removing to a paper-towel lined plate when done.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the remaining butter. Whisk in the mustard and Worcestershire.

To assemble the sandwiches, brush some of the mustard mixture on the cut side of each roll. Divide ham between rolls and top with caramelized onions, a slice of bacon and a slice of cheese.

Wrap assembled sandwiches in foil. Bake at 350F degrees for 10 minutes or until warm and melty.

Fig and Orange Glazed Ham

I was still undecided about what to make for Christmas dinner the week before. The week before was also the annual Christmas party for my Mom’s side of the family. Her cousin, Suzie, gave us all jars of homemade fig jam. When I saw this recipe, it was a Eureka! moment.

Included below are the instructions for glazing a half ham. I took a shortcut and cut slices off our spiral ham, laid them in a baking dish and then spooned the glaze over. I preferred it this way for two reasons 1) it would heat up quicker and 2) every slice got more glazed goodness like this.

Fig and Orange Glazed Ham
(from Food Network)
Makes enough glaze for 1  Spiral Sliced Half Ham

1 c. fig jam
2 T. dijon mustard
Grated zest of 1 orange
1/3 c. fresh orange juice

Combine the jam, mustard, and orange zest and juice in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring, just until the jam melts (do not boil).

For ham slices, layer in pan and spread glaze over. Cover with foil and bake at 350F degrees until warmed through.

For a half ham, preheat the oven as directed on the ham package and follow the instructions for baking the ham. Remove the ham from the oven about 30 minutes before the end of the warming time. Spoon half of the glaze over the ham and bake for the remaining 30 minutes. Remove the ham from the oven and spoon the remaining glaze on top. Transfer to a cutting board and carve.