I admit it... I *love* ham and cheese sandwiches. Maybe a little too much! It's something I have often for lunch every week. But after awhile, even a ham and cheese sandwich lover like me needs to switch things up a bit.
After recently playing with a crescent roll dough for a sweet filling, I used it in a savory application to make these Ham & Gruyere Crescent Rolls. These were heavenly! Buttery dough filled with sliced ham and Gruyere cheese is a jazzed up ham and cheese sandwich that anyone will love. But the best part is this leads to many more sandwich fillings to play with...
These crescent rolls are so easy to prepare and even tastier to fill! As a ham & cheese sandwich lover, it's no surprise that's what I filled these with first. After that went deliciously well, I plan on playing with other savory fillings.
Another reason why I love this recipe is that once baked, the rolls freeze beautifully and can be heated in the oven, toaster oven or even the microwave. Once heated up, they're as delicious as they were fresh out of the oven the first time. So if you're looking for a make ahead sandwich that can even be frozen, this is it!
Ham & Gruyere Crescent Rolls
recipe adapted from Holiday Entertaining from Cook's Illustrated
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly + 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup half &; half, heated to 110 degrees
1 teaspoon rapid rise or instant yeast
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs - 1 whole and 1 separated
2 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
1 teaspoon water
6 slices of deli ham, each slice halved for 12 slices
12 thin slices of Gruyere cheese
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Once it comes to temperature, turn it off. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease a large bowl.