Guy loves his cooking magazines, and recently picked up a copy of a Better Homes and Gardens’ One-Pan Recipes in the check-out lane. The cover of the magazine featured this pan of ham and cheese melts, made with Hawaiian rolls, brushed with melted butter, chopped shallots, parsley, and garlic, and browned until melty and delicious. We made them for a weeknight dinner and then spotted them at the book club holiday party – they’re really great for any occasion.
This recipe was a bit ambitious for a weeknight in our house, but is a winning combination of creamy farro and Parmesan cheese, grated butternut squash, and (perfect for holiday leftovers) diced ham. Farro contains the same amount of calories as rice, but more fiber and protein, so it’s a great nutritional choice.
Including small kids in meal preparation is a great way to pass on healthy eating habits and to foster a sense of family. Leo loves to watch and help us cook (and has always loved to crack eggs), so this is a great recipe for him.
Guy helps him line muffin tins with sliced ham, add cheese, crack an egg into each cup, and top with halved cherry tomatoes. The cups bake for 20 minutes and are a delicious breakfast.
(Kids may prefer that their eggs be scrambled in the cups.)
Terri made this ham for a dinner party one year. Long after we had each had seconds and thirds, we ended up just standing around in the kitchen eating it off of the roasting pan with our fingers. I tried to recreate it that year for Easter, but it fell just a tad short of Terri’s.