New Year’s Day Dutch Ham Buns

Happy New Year!! Do you have any New Year’s Day traditions that you do in your house? Many people have traditions that they believe give them health, wealth or prosperity but at our house, well, we just eat Dutch Ham Buns and watch football…all. day. long. These ham buns aren’t known to bring  health and happiness but they are really good and go perfect with perfect with football. We love these buns so much that we make A LOT of them, to eat now and to save for later. Making them is a family affair. We always have an assembly line going on New Year’s Eve and everyone has their own job to do. This recipe has been in both my husband’s family and my family for years (although we still debate about which cheese to use).  His family ate them on Christmas Day and my family ate them on New Year’s Day.  We took it as a sign that we were meant to be together ;)…on second thought, maybe they do bring happiness… Anyway, this recipe makes 48 buns but, of course, you can cut the recipe in half for less or double for more. Either way, you’ll want to make extra for later too!

Dutch Ham Buns

1 cup mustard
2 cups butter, softened
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup poppy seeds
1 spiral sliced whole ham (pre-cooked)
24 slices of Cheddar or American cheese 
48 slider buns (I use Martin’s Dutch potato rolls)
aluminum foil

1. Stir together mustard, butter, onion, and poppy seeds
2. Slice rolls in half and generously spread both halves with mustard mixture
3. Cut cheese slices half and place on top each half of roll
4. Cut off a slice of ham and place on lower half of bun. Top with top half of bun.
5. Wrap bun with aluminum foil, covering completely
6. Repeat with all 48 buns
7. Place buns in oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes

The buns can be stored in refrigerator in aluminum foil and reheated in oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. They make a great quick meal!

Enjoy!

Wishing you and yours a blessed 2017!

~Karen

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