SEPTEMBER 1, 1997
NW News Staff
Beat the Brown Bag Lunch Boredom Blues
Want to encourage your little ones to at least sample their sandwiches? Why not name the "Sandwich of the Day."
For a "Batman and Robin," stuff a pita bread with ham and turkey, add chopped apples, mix with low fat mayo and pine nuts.
For a "Pilgrim's Po Boy," spread cream cheese and jellied cranberry sauce on a hoagie bun, the top with sliced turkey.
Surprise your child with an "April's Fool's," Roll up ham and turkey slices (2 or 4 of each), serve on hot dog bun with ketchup, mustard and relish.
For a "Ham n' Goosebumps," serve ham on rye with a mustard-mayo combination. On the side serve red gelatin wit grapes.
Why should kids have all the fun? Grown-ups also enjoy special sandwiches for special events.
For Columbus Day, sail a "Pinta Pita" - golden brown pita pockets stuffed with turkey, chopped lettuce and tomato pieces right into their lunch bags.
On Halloween, the gang could go for a "Ghostbuster," french bread or a soft roll loaded with sliced turkey and melted mozzarella cheese.
For Christmas time, the "Santa Submarine" features Ho Ho Ham, with red, ripe tomato slices and leafy green lettuce served on a soft roll.
Quick Chocolate Pretzels
1 block (4 oz.) sweet cooking chocolate
12 thin pretzel bows or knots
In a small glass bowl, microwave chocolate at High (100%) for one minute. Stir. Microwave at High for 30 seconds longer, or until chocolate is smooth when stirred.
Drop pretzels into the chocolate one at a time. Using a fork, lift each pretzel from the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on a waxed paper-lined surface. Let stand firm, 30 minutes or more (time varies depending on room temperature). May be refrigerated to harden, if desired.
"Wrap it Up"
From Carl Buddig Lean Slices
Turkey Club Wrap
Combine 1 1/2 Tbsp. non-fat mayonnaise and 2 tsp. no cholesterol bacon bits. Spread half of mixture over a large flour tortilla (10-12 inch). Top with contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. of roasted turkey breast slices, a large Boston or leaf lettuce leaf and 2 thin tomato slices. Spoon remaining mayonnaise mixture over tomatoes; fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Turkey Fajita Wrap
Cut 1/4 each of a green and red bell pepper and 1/4 of a red onion into thin strips. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Stir fry peppers and onions on medium heat until vegetables are crisp-tender. Cut contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. smoked turkey breast into 1/4-inch strips and add to skillet. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. Mexican or fajita seasoning and stir-fry 2 minutes or until turkey is hot. Spoon mixture over a large flour tortilla (10 or 12-inch). Add fresh cilantro leaves, if desired. Fold in two sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap and refrigerate up to 24 hours.
Provencal Turkey Wrap
Spread a large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch) with 1 Tbsp. softened light cream cheese and about 1 tsp. prepared pesto sauce. Layer contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. roasted turkey breast slices over cream cheese. Top with romaine lettuce leaf. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. chopped tomato and 1 Tbsp. chopped, pitted kalamata or ripe olives over lettuce. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Combine 2 Tbsp. softened fat free or light cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. cran-raspberry sauce. Spread half of mixture over a large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch). Layer contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. of honey roasted turkey breast slices over cream cheese. Spread remaining cream cheese over turkey; sprinkle with 2 tsp. chopped walnuts. Fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic.
Island Ham Wraps
Line 2 small flour tortillas (6 to 8-inch) or 1 large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch) with contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. of honey ham slices. Combine 1/4 c. deli cole slaw, 2 Tbsp. well drained canned crushed pineapple and a dash of Creole seasoning or cayenne pepper. Spread over ham. Fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Thaw 1/2 c. frozen diced potatoes with onion and peppers (O'Brien style) in microwave at HIGH 1 minute. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Cook potatoes in skillet on medium heat 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cut contents of 2.5-oz. pkg. of smoked ham slices into 1/4-inch strips. Add ham strips and 1/2 c. egg substitute to skillet. Cook and stir until scrambled as preferred. Spoon mixture over two prepared crepes (overlapped) or a large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch). Fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately.
Sweet-Hot Ham Wraps
Spread large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch) with a 1 tsp. Dijon style mustard. Layer contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. smoked ham slices over tortilla. Spoon 1 Tbsp. chutney over ham and add 3 or 4 thin slices of pear or jicama. Fold in sides and roll up. Serve immediately or wrap in plastic and refrigerate up to 24 hours before serving.
Curried Ham Wraps
Combine 1/4 c. finely chopped apple, 1 1/2 Tbsp. nonfat mayonnaise, 1 Tbsp. raisins and 1/4 tsp. curry powder. Layer contents of a 2.5 oz. pkg. brown sugar baked ham over large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch) or 2 large lettuce leaves (Boston or leaf). Top with apple mixture, fold sides of tortilla or lettuce leaves over filling and roll up. Serve immediately.
Spread large flour tortilla (10 to 12-inch) with 1 tsp. plum sauce. Layer contents of 2.5 oz. pkg. smoked ham over sauce. Toss 1/4 c. shredded cole slaw mix (with cabbage and carrots) with a little light soy sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil and 1 Tbsp. thinly sliced green onions and arrange over ham. Sprinkle with hot pepper sauce. Fold in sides and roll up.
Kid-Friendly Ham Sandwiches
From National Pork Producers Council
All-American Ham Sandwich
Start with two slices of white bread (crusts removed), spread one side of bread with butter or mayonnaise, pile on sliced ham on one slice of bread and top with other slice. Serve with apple wedges, potato chips.
Grilled Ham & Cheese
Butter two slices bread on both sides, place sliced ham and cheese between bread slices. Brown in skillet on both sides until bread is toasted and cheese melts; sprinkle with garlic powder. Serve with tomato soup.
Happy Face Ham Sandwich
Start with one slice wheat bread. Top with sliced honey ham and make a happy face on the ham with the mustard. Serve with carrot and celery sticks.
Microwave Ham Melt
Start with a sandwich bun. Open the bun and pile on shaved ham and a slice of cheese. Close the bun and microwave for 30-40 seconds or until the cheese melts (top with a scrambled egg for a delicious breakfast sandwich). Serve with orange slices.
Take one slice wheat bread and spread with mayonnaise. Pile on lettuce, cheese, tomato, sliced ham, black olives, pickles and mustard. Top with another slice of wheat bread. Serve with pudding.
Hot Stuff Ham Sandwich
Toast two slices of bread. Take one slice toast and pile on ham slices, bacon pieces, jalapeno peppers, cheese and salsa. Top with another slice of toast. Serve with Jell-O jigglers.