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All-American Pig Buns

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Ingredients (9)

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of American yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of celery seeds
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup of minced onion
  • 16 slices of baked ham; approximately 1/2 pound or to taste
  • 8 slices of American cheesse
  • 8 sturdy hamburger/sandwich buns

When you asked for a tailgating game day recipe, I immediately thought of pig-skin and that made me think of ham and a little gem of a sandwich in my recipe box. I’ve re-incarnated the decades-old original recipe many ways to fit the trends and appetites of the day and the results are always the same. The beauty of this sandwich is you can assemble a big batch weeks in advance and freeze them. They keep very well made a day a head and refrigerated as well. You can bake a hundred in your oven or as many as will fit on your grill. They keep well in a moderately warm place like an insulated container. They are terrfic for a small crowd or a gi-normous one. This is my special edition version for the CHOW contest.

Instructions

  1. 1Heat oven to 400 degrees or an outdoor grill to 350 degrees.
  2. 2In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, mayonnaise, mustard, celery seed, Worcestershire and onion.
  3. 3Spread the mixture on the cut sides of the buns.
  4. 4Place a slice of cheese on top cut side. Place the ham on the bottom cut side. Bring the sandwich together and wrap twice in sheets of foil.
  5. 5Bake on the oven rack for 15 minutes. If using an outdoor grill, bake for 15 mintues, rotating halfway through or until the sandwiches are hot and toasted. If starting with frozen sandwiches, bake for 30 minutes. Serve wrapped in foil.
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