Mini Ham, Swiss, Rye Sandwiches with Cranberry Onion Relish


If you run out of time to assemble the sandwiches, simply set out the spiral-cut ham along with the relish, mustard and rye bread, and let people assemble their own.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
44 sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 large onions, cut into medium dice

  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary

  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce

  • 1 (16 ounce) package cocktail rye bread

  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard

  • 2 pounds thin ham slices from a baked spiral-cut ham (or substitute Black Forest ham), cut to fit rye bread

  • 12 ounces thinly sliced Swiss cheese, cut to fit rye bread Arugula or other baby salad greens

  • 44 Toothpicks


  1. Heat oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; saute until well-browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Add rosemary and cloves; continue to saute until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Stir in cranberry sauce, and simmer until heated through. Remove from heat and set aside. (Cranberry-Onion Relish can be cooled, covered and refrigerated up to 2 weeks ahead.)

  2. To assemble: Working in batches, lay breads on a work surface and spread with about 1/4 tsp. mustard and 1 tsp. cranberry relish. Top half the breads with a portion of ham, cheese and arugula (optional), then the remaining bread slice. Halve each sandwich on the diagonal, sticking each half with a toothpick. (Sandwiches can be covered with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap and can remain at room temperature for 2 hours.)


Copyright 2006 USA WEEKEND and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

114 Calories
5g Fat
11g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 44
Calories 114
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 93mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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