I served these ham salad sliders at our super bowl party along with some other recipes that came by special request including my Buckin’ Bronco Nachos. I always like serving my recipes to a small crowd to get their reaction before posting them to my website. And I am proud to say that these sliders got rave reviews!
While I was preparing the Sliders, I heard a few grumbles coming from the living room about the pickled eggs. I thought I would be nice and make a few without pickled eggs. Well, no surprise to me, the only ones left over were the ones without pickled eggs. If you are a little skeptical about the pickled eggs you should, at least, give it a try. I once heard Paula Deen say something like this ” The first time you make a recipe follow it exactly, the second time make it your own” I think Mrs. Deen has the right idea. So when you make them please, please, at least, try the pickled egg, do it for me and do it for Mrs.Deen. 😉
I like creating recipes that are quick and easy but pack a flavorful punch. These little sliders have it all! The sweetness from the pretzel rolls, savory ham salad, a tang from the pickled egg, and let’s not forget the spicy mustard sauce. They are seriously like little flavor bombs. When I made them I used a combo of both mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels, they pretzel rolls are better… way better. The bagels were good but they didn’t add the sweetness that the pretzel rolls offered. You could always do what I did and try both the mini pretzel rolls and mini bagels to see which you like best. I hope you enjoy. =)
SLIDERS - Butter rolls and toast them in a warm skillet ( med/med. high heat) bottom side down. Once the bottoms are toasted, lay all the rolls bottom sides up on a clean surface. Spread the bottom rolls with spicy mustard sauce, then add a spoonful of ham salad, a slice of swiss cheese ( that has been cut into quarters), and finally a slice of pickled egg. Spread some more spicy mustard sauce to the top roll and close the sandwich. In a warm skillet ( med./med. high heat) melt one to two Tbsp. of butter and put all the sliders in the skillet. Wrap the bottom of another skillet that is on the heavy side with tin foil and spray the foil with cooking spray, or rub it with butter. Use this to lay on top the sliders to give them a slight press ( my version of a homemade panini press). Flip the sliders and use this same technique to the other side. Make sure you are gentle when you do this, you do not want all the ham salad to squeeze out the sides. These are just as delicious cold the next day as they are right out of the skillet!
Spicy Mustard Sauce - Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Store in the refrigerator. This sauce is also good on sandwiches.