Recipe: Ham, Cheddar and Apple Butter Bites

Recipe courtesy of The Big Book of Appetizers by Meredith Deeds and Carla Snyder

Published by Chronicle Books

Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Butter Bites

Although these bites are essentially dressed-up grilled cheese sandwiches (what could be wrong with that?), the technique is good to know and the filling possibilities are endless. Here weve combined the saltiness of ham and cheddar cheese with the sweetness of apple butter, but you could just as easily use pepperoni, mozzarella, and a smear of pizza sauce if pizza bites are what you crave.

Makes 36 pieces

  • 9 slices home-style white bread, crusts removed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons apple butter
  • 9 thin slices deli-style ham
  • 9 thin slices deli-style cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F. With a rolling pin, flatten each piece of bread. Spread one side of each piece with a teaspoon of butter. On the other side spread a teaspoon of apple butter, then top with a slice of ham and a slice of cheddar. Roll up, jelly-roll style, with the buttered side out, and secure each roll with toothpicks. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake until lightly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on racks for 5 minutes. Slice each roll crosswise into 4 pieces. Transfer to a serving plate and serve warm or at room temperature.
Make-ahead: The uncooked rolls can be made 1 day ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator. Bake and serve as directed.

Tip: This easy recipe is made even easier if you use ham and cheese that has been sliced at the deli counter in your grocery store. The size of the slices seems to fit perfectly onto the bread, almost covering it completely, which is what you want.

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