Fast, warming and satisfying, hot sandwiches make a pleasing family supper. Here are six suggestions you can put together in no more time than you would spend in the takeout line.
MEAT AND CHEESE ON RYE: For each sandwich spread 2 slices of rye bread lightly with soft-style cream cheese and horseradish mustard. Top 1 slice with very thinly sliced smoked turkey, very thinly sliced pastrami, and sliced Swiss cheese. Top with other slice of bread. Bake 1 or 2 sandwiches in a toaster oven at 375 degrees F about 15 minutes or until heated through. Bake 3 or more sandwiches on a baking sheet in a 375-degree F oven about 15 minutes.HAM AND VEGGIE ROLL: Cut a thin slice off the top of a round club roll. Hollow out the bottom, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. Pile very thinly sliced cooked ham inside the roll bottom. Fill the roll with drained marinated vegetable salad from the deli. Top with Havarti cheese slices. Broil 1 or 2 minutes to melt the cheese. Recap with roll top.
EASY STROGANOFF BURGERS: Cook 1 pound ground beef in a 11/2-quart microwave-safe casserole, covered, for 4 to 6 minutes or until no pink remains, stirring once. Drain off fat. Stir in 1/2 of an 8-ounce container soft-style cream cheese with chives and onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon dried dillweed. Cook mixture, uncovered, on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring once. Serve on toasted buns with lettuce and sliced cucumber or tomato. Makes 4 servings.
BEEF AND SLAW BARBECUE BUN: Toss bite-size strips of cooked beef with barbecue sauce mixed with a little prepared horseradish. Heat on rangetop or in microwave. Pile meat mixture onto the bottom of a split hoagie roll. Top with coleslaw and roll top.
SWISS AND BRAT ROLL: Cut a fully cooked bratwurst or smoked Polish sausage in half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, the other side. Place cut sides down in a skillet. Cook 2 minutes; turn and cook 2 minutes more. Top with 1 slice process Swiss cheese; cover and cook 2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve in split frankfurter or hoagie bun with drained sauerkraut or coleslaw.
MEAT-LOAF BURRITO: Brush a tortilla with water to soften. Top with a lettuce leaf and dairy sour cream. Stack on cooked meat loaf and Cheddar cheese slices, avocado wedges and onion slices. Add salsa. Roll up. Fasten with a wooden toothpick. Heat in a microwave on 100 percent power (high) 1/2 to 1 minute.