Ham and Pineapple have become a favorite flavor combination for many people, from Hawaiian Pizza to spiral ham with pineapple glaze; there is something about it that just works beautifully. Specifically, my best friend’s husband loves ham and pineapple anything so when I was helping her get ready for his birthday party this sandwich seemed like the perfect party staple.
One large round King’s Hawaiian Loaf
1 C Pineapple Preserves (Sometimes hard to find, Publix makes a house brand which is delicious)
1 ½ Tbl Dijon Mustard
½ lb Thinly Sliced Honey Ham
¼ lb White American Cheese
Mix the pineapple preserves and mustard together and set aside (works best when the preserves are room temperature). Slice the sandwich round across so that it is like a large bun. Place the top half down on a cutting board so that the flat part is facing up at you. Score a circle around the outside and then pull out some of the bread, being careful not to tear through the top. This is done so that once assembled the sandwich isn’t 6 inches tall and can be easily eaten, see picture below. Spread half of the pineapple/mustard mixture on the top and the bottom halves of the bread. Then on the bottom layer ham, cheese, ham, cheese, etc. until it is all used, usually about 3 layers, and then cover with the top hollowed out piece. Place the assembled sandwich back in the foil pan it came in and toast in a 375 degree oven for about 10 minutes or until the bread is slightly crispy and the cheese is melted. Slice the sandwich like a pie and enjoy!