Easy Spaghetti Stromboli

If you are like me, when you cook up Spaghetti there are always leftovers to deal with. I’m not complaining – my guys get a few lunches out of what’s left. I like to make Spaghetti Meatball Sandwiches as a second meal. Of course that means I would have to make the spaghetti with meatballs rather than a meat sauce. Recently, I made a double batch of my Smoking Spaghetti with beer in the sauce. I needed plenty of leftovers for a new Stromboli recipe I was anxious to try.

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Warm Ham and Cheese Crescent Bites

Let me ask you just one question – did you serve up a Holiday Ham? Since we were spending Christmas Day at the farm, we decided to have a little celebration of our own, just us. Going home for the holidays is very important. So are setting traditions of your own in your home. If your children see you going home, they will also go home. But without traditions to return to, they will have nothing to pass along. That’s just my opinion. I’m old, what do I know?

Anyway, we enjoyed a wonderful Apricot Glazed Ham for a special Holiday supper. The smoked, bone-in ham weighed 12 pounds – more ham than our little family of three could eat in one meal. Since then, we’ve been taking ham sandwiches for lunch, and delighted in Omelettes for breakfast. I’ve made deviled ham spread to put on crackers. (Yum!)

One of Hubby’s favorite hot sandwiches has got to be Grilled Ham and Cheese. It’s great with a piping hot bowl of Wintertime Tomato Soup. This got me to thinking, what else could I do with all that left-over ham? A light came on and it was awesome!

The Ham and Cheese Crescent Bites are essentially  a tiny grilled ham and cheese sandwich baked inside a crescent roll. Light, warm, flaky and oh so delicious. These little bites can be served as light supper at the end of a long day or the perfect TV-watching snack. It takes almost no time at all to whip up these little pockets of buttery goodness.

Warm Ham and Cheese Crescent Bites
2 Cans Crescent Rolls
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
3-4 Garlic Cloves, pressed
2 1/2 Cups Chopped Ham
8 Slices American Cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut ham into chunks easy to process in a food processor. Pulse ham until chopped into a coarse mixture. Set aside.

Cut American Cheese into fourths, creating 16 squares. Set aside.

Melt butter. Add pressed garlic cloves into the butter. Taste and adjust as needed with more garlic. Set aside.

Roll out 1 can of crescent rolls on a cutting board. Separate the first can into 8 triangles. Brush each triangle with garlic-butter. Spoon some of the chopped ham onto the wide end of the crescent roll (about 1 or 2 tablespoons). Press the chopped ham down slightly into the crescent dough to help hold the meat into place. Add one small square of American cheese on top of ham. Roll as you would a crescent roll. Press pointed end into completed roll, tuck sides in and press together to create a nice pouch around the filling. Place pouch on an ungreased baking sheet. Repeat until all 16 crescent triangles have been filled.

Place baking sheet into preheated oven and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm from the oven and enjoy. (Hubby likes to mix a little ketchup and mustard together to create a “dip” for his bites).

Deviled Meat Spread for Sandwiches and More

Recently, I shared my Italian Pot Roast in a Beefy Red Wine Broth with you. Since it’s just Hubby, Kiddo and I, we have a tendency to have left overs from nearly every meal – especially roasts and stews. For the most part, these go into Tupperware containers and make for nice lunches or a clear-out-the-fridge smorgasbord dinner one night during the week.

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Oh What To Do with those Pesky Left-Overs? Make Sandwiches, of course!

No matter how much I plan, it seems that I always make too much food. Especially when I make things like Spaghetti and Meatballs. Hubby stares down into what seems to be a bottomless bowl and asks “So, when are the guest getting here?” I suppose this stems from my firm belief that more is better – more just in case someone unexpectedly stops by at suppertime. You can graciously set another plate or two and say “We have more than enough, please join us.” More because my mother it into drilled into my head by example that a good hostess never lets her guests leave the table wanting for anything. When family would gather, be it a holiday, special occasion or just because we were all so darn close, the food was endless and no one ever walked away from the table hungry.

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