Mini Sandwich Buffet: Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato, Mini Rachael's and Mini Spicy Patty Melts

Total Time:
40 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • For 24 mini sandwiches:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • Mini Rachael's:
  • 16 slices mini rye bread
  • 1/2 cup sweet red pepper relish
  • 1 pound smoked turkey, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound sauerkraut rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 pound sliced sharp cheddar
  • Mini Grilled Cheese and Tomato:
  • 16 slices mini pumpernickel bread
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives or 2 scallions, chopped
  • Mini Spicy Patty Melts:
  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, several drops
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning blend (recommended: Montreal Steak Seasoning) or salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 16 slices mini rye bread
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • Suggested accompaniments:
  • Mini pickles, mini pretzels
  • Suggested dessert:
  • Retro candies such as Dots, Good n Plenty, Whoppers, etc.
  • Chess Men butter cookies (recommended: Pepperidge Farm brand)
Directions

Preheat oven to warm, 250 degrees F.

Preheat large griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

To a small pot over medium low heat add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, eyeball it. To warm oil, add butter and melt it into the oil. Keep a pastry brush on a spoon rest or small plate on hand.

Lay out 8 slices of rye bread. Dot bread with teaspoonfuls of red pepper relish. Top with even amounts of smoked turkey, sauerkraut and thinly sliced cheese. Top cheese with remaining slices of bread. Brush griddle or skillet with oil and butter mixture. Grill and toast sandwiches 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Transfer sandwiches to cookie sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Wipe off griddle or skillet.

Lay out 8 slices of mini pumpernickel bread. Cut sliced Swiss cheese into pieces that will fit bread. Layer cheese and sliced tomatoes on bread. Season with salt, pepper, chives and place another layer of cheese on tomatoes. Top sandwiches with another slice of bread. Brush griddle or skillet liberally with oil and butter. Grill and toast sandwiches 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Transfer grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches to warm oven. Wipe griddle or skillet clean.

Mix beef, Worcestershire, onion and seasoning or salt and pepper. Form 8 small patties. Raise heat to medium high. Fry patties in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil on griddle or skillet 2 or 3 minutes on each side. Place patties on rye bread bottoms and wipe griddle or skillet clean. Top patties with cheese and another slice of bread. Reduce heat on griddle or skillet back to medium and brush with oil and butter. Grill sandwiches 2 or 3 minutes on each side until toasted.

Remove mini Rachael's and grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches from the warm oven. Pass trays of sandwiches with mini pickles, mini pretzels. Mini candies and cookies treat your sweet tooth.


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