Football Fare: 7 Baked Sandwiches That Will Score a Tastebud Touchdown

A beautifully baked sandwich can ensure you have a great game day, regardless of whether your team wins or loses. Filled with hearty meats, gooey cheese, and toasted bread, baked sandwiches are also extraordinarily easy to prepare, ensuring you don’t miss kickoff because you’re in the kitchen cooking. Simply assemble your sandwiches, put them in the oven, and sit back and relax while they bake to crisp and crunchy perfection. Here are seven baked sandwich recipes that will tackle your game day guests’ tastebuds.

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1. Baked Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches

AllRecipes.com delivers small sandwiches that are perfect for snacking on while you cheer on your team. Swiss cheese, ham, and a tangy sauce are baked between mini sandwich rolls, creating a delicious dish that’s worthy of any game day party. The recipe yields 23 servings.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup melted butter
  • 1½ tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 24 mini sandwich rolls
  • 1 pound thinly sliced cooked deli ham
  • 1 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese (or whatever cheese you’d like)

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. In a bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and dried onion. Separate the tops from bottoms of the rolls, and place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish. Layer about half the ham onto the rolls.

Arrange the Swiss cheese over the ham, and top with remaining ham slices in a layer. Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Pour the mustard mixture evenly over the rolls. Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes. Slice into individual rolls through the ham and cheese layers to serve.

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2. Baked Deli Sandwich

Seasonings, ham, turkey, and cheese are stuffed inside frozen bread dough, resulting in a hearty and gooey baked sandwich that will satisfy your stomach. Taste of Home’s recipe yields 4 to 6 servings. If you’re looking for a delicious dip to serve with your sandwich, we suggest making Oh Sweet Basil’s Pizza Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • ¼ pound sliced deli ham
  • 6 thin slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ pound sliced deli smoked turkey breast
  • 6 thin slices cheddar cheese
  • Pizza sauce, warmed, optional

Directions: Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. On a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, roll dough into a small rectangle. Let rest for 5 to 10 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the butter and seasonings. Roll out dough into a 14-by-10-inch rectangle. Brush with half of the butter mixture. Layer ham, mozzarella cheese, turkey, and cheddar cheese lengthwise over half of the dough to within ½-inch of edges. Fold dough over and pinch firmly to seal. Brush with remaining butter mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into 1-inch slices. Serve immediately with pizza sauce if desired.

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3. Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Football fans will love The Pioneer Woman’s easy-to-prepare Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches. Feel free to personalize them as much as you’d like by using your favorite bread, cheeses, and dressing. The recipe yields 12 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 12 whole dinner rolls or sandwich buns
  • 1 pound thinly shaved roast beef or ham (or both)
  • 1 pound cheese
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon horseradish mayo or straight prepared horseradish
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Optional dressings: sriracha, hot sauce, dried onion flakes, garlic powder, pepper)

Directions: Slice rolls in half. Mix together mayo, grated onion, poppy seeds, spicy mustard, horseradish, and Worcestershire. Taste it and adjust ingredients however you wish. To assemble, spread dressing on top and bottom buns. Lay on roast beef or ham, then one or two slices of cheese. Wrap each sandwich in a foil square, and either keep in the fridge or bake right away. To bake the sandwiches, put them on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The buns should be slightly crusty and the cheese should be melted.

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4. Baked Grilled Cheese

Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will love Food.com’s Baked Grilled Cheese, which yields 8 servings. Looking for a side to serve with your cheesy meal? We suggest whipping up Brunch Time Baker’s Homemade Nacho Cheese Fries.

Ingredients:

  • 16 slices mild cheddar cheese, thick sliced
  • 16 slices light mozzarella cheese, thick sliced
  • 16 slices white bread
  • 3-6 tablespoons spreadable butter

Directions: Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter one side of each slice of bread. Place on a cookie sheet butter side down. Place 2 slices cheese on each piece of bread. Place other piece of bread on top, lightly butter side up. Bake for approximately 5 minutes. Then flip each sandwich over. Bake additional 3 to 4 minute until done.

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5. Baked Monte Cristo Sandwiches

Campbell’s Kitchen puts a fun spin on a ham and cheese by using puff pastry rather than bread. This flaky sandwich is filled with both sweet and savory flavors, ensuring you have a scrumptious sandwich to enjoy while you watch the game. The recipe yields 4 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ of a 17.3-ounce package puff pastry sheets (1 sheet), thawed
  • 8 slices deli ham
  • 4 slices deli Swiss cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup pure maple syrup

Directions: Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Beat the egg and water in a small bowl with a fork. Sprinkle the flour on the work surface.  Unfold the pastry sheet on the work surface. Roll the pastry sheet into a 12-inch square. Cut into 4 (6-inch) squares. Brush the edges of the pastries with the egg mixture. With a corner of 1 pastry facing you, place 2 slices ham and 1 slice cheese on the bottom half of the pastry.

Fold the pastry over the filling to form a triangle and press the edges to seal. Crimp the edges with a fork. Repeat with the remaining pastries. Brush the pastries with the egg mixture. Place the pastries onto a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Sprinkle the pastries with the confectioners’ sugar. Serve with the maple syrup.

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6. Baked Italian Sandwich

Crescent rolls, spinach, salami, ham, cheese, peppers, and onions create Eat Cake For Dinner’s Baked Italian Sandwiches. The recipe was adapted from Shugary Sweets.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages crescent rolls
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ¼ pound deli Genoa salami, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • ½ pound deli black forest ham, thinly sliced
  • ½ jar roasted red peppers, patted dry and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions, optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Unroll one package of crescent roll dough and line the bottom of the springform pan; pressing seams together to seal. Layer with one cup of fresh spinach, followed by the salami, sliced cheddar cheese, deli ham, roasted red peppers, and green onions. Top with remaining one cup of spinach. Sprinkle with oregano, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Beat three eggs with a fork and pour evenly over the top.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Last, unroll the remaining package of crescent rolls and cover top. Pinch seams together the best you can. Beat remaining egg and brush over the top of the crescent dough. Sprinkle with Johnny’s garlic seasoning. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of pan and remove springform. Slice and serve.

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7. Baked Club Sandwiches

You’ll love biting into About.com’s Baked Club Sandwiches, which are filled with rich, melted cheese, crispy bread, and warm meat. The recipe yields 4 servings. If you’d like to serve a tasty snack with your sandwiches, consider making The Amateur Gourmet’s Easy Homemade Potato Chips.

Ingredients:

  • 4 ciabatta or hoagie buns
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • ½ pound deli sliced chicken
  • ⅓ pound deli sliced smoked ham
  • 3 tomatoes, sliced thickly
  • 6 slices cheddar or havarti cheese

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice the buns in half. Spread mayonnaise on one half of each bun, and mustard on the other half. Layer the chicken, ham, tomatoes, and cheese on the buns and put them together to make sandwiches. To heat, wrap each sandwich tightly in foil. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese melts.

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