Sliders and Sangria

Wesley has been taking retreats for years. Our menu has varied on these retreats, but there was a time when every saturday lunch looked the same…THESE AMAZING AND SIMPLE SLIDERS. For Wesley Hour, we simplify our food, but since most of you are home with others I thought I would bulk this one up a bit. These sandwiches start with every person’s favorite carb…Hawaiian Rolls. I’m not wrong.

First the Sliders

Here is what you need

  • 1 package of 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls
  • 1lb of thinly sliced deli ham, I really like a honey ham for this recipe
  • 6 slices of your cheese of choice. I think provel is best, but if you like swiss – do that! Andrew likes pepper jack
  • sliced pickles (optional)
  • 1/4th cup of melted butter
  • 1/2 T poppyseeds…optional. you can also used dried onion flakes if you like that.
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard – Brown mustard works here too.

Here is what you do

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • slice those rolls in half and fill a baking dish with the bottoms.
  • layer the ham over the rolls, followed by the pickles, then the cheese. (Obvi, if you don’t like pickles, leave them off.)
  • replace the tops of the rolls.
  • mix the seasonings in the melted butter and brush or drizzle over the top of the sandwiches.
  • cover with foil and bake for 30 min…(or until they are golden and the cheese is sizzling)
  • uncover and bake for a few more minutes.

That’s it for the sliders. All that is left to do here is consume and say, “MMMMmmmmm…these are so good!”


Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Sangria is super easy and seems way more fancy than your average beverage. It’s just juice and fruit – let it soak and chill – add a touch of sparkling water (cause I can’t do anything without sparkling water) and drink.

I think the some of the best bases for a virgin Sangria are pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, grape juice and OJ. The best think about sangria is that you can totally customize it to your liking. you choose the juices, you choose the fruits…here is what I suggest.

Here’s what you need

  • Sliced orange
  • sliced lemon
  • sliced lime
  • blackberries (whole)
  • 3 cups of pomegranite joice
  • 1 cup OJ
  • 1 cup of cranberry juice
  • 2 cans of lime sparkling water (chilled)

Here’s what you do

  • Slice the fruit and place in a pitcher. (to make it look good, layer it!)
  • Add the juices and mix just enough for them to blend
  • let chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours…but the longer the better.
  • Give it one more stir before serving. Pour and enjoy…or add about 3-4oz (1/4 of a can) of sparking water to make it sparkle.

I hope you love these recipes, and they make you feel like you are on retreat with us! I can’t wait to have you back in the kitchen with me!

Have you ever made either of these before? What variations do you use!?

I can’t wait to see yours!

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