Don't tell the kids, but back-to-school time will be here before you know it. If I even mention school supplies, my son's eyeballs get huge. Ha! There are moments when it's nice being a grown up.
Around this time of year I start doing my usual back-to-school lunch ideas. But this also includes us parents too. I try to think of things that can be made for all of us so I can knock it out all at one time. We like a good packed lunch for work too! My son loves PB & J but it gets old after a while and then he's usually ready to try some new stuff. And it's fun to get creative with different ideas with what to put in his lunch.One of the things I keep stocked in my fridge is deli meat. My husband is so smitten with Butterball's Deep Fried Turkey Breast. So moist. I love to have the folks at the deli counter slice it nice and thin. Pile it high on soft white bread with a bit of mayo...mmmmm. The Butterball line of deli meats is carried at my local Wal-Mart.
Here's the big news though. Have y'all seen the new line of Butterball Deli Ham? Say what?! Yep and it is SO good. I've had a chance to try their Virginia Baked Deli Ham, Honey Deli Ham and Black Forest Deli Ham. They are all really good. I think the Virginia Baked Deli Ham may be my favorite (I am a Virginia gal so you can't blame me), but honestly, I would be hard pressed to just choose one. Becky at the deli counter sliced it up nice and thin for me, just how we like it. And then I came home to decide what I wanted to create with the Butterball Turkey Deli Meat and the new Butterball Deli Ham.
Enter the Club Sandwich on a Stick. It's got bread, cheese, lettuce, cherry tomatoes and Butterball Ham and Turkey deli meats all in bite-sized portions. This is something everyone will eat and it can be changed up so many ways. Shoot, if you just threw some of this deli meat on a stick, my guys would eat it. But I try to throw some veggies in there too. We gotta try, right Moms?
I pack some honey mustard dipping sauce on the side. Then I can add some chips, carrot sticks and grapes or apples into the lunch bag. I don't know what it is, but it seems like when you serve bite-sized food, folks love it. This is so simple and only takes minutes to make but there is something about it being on a stick that just makes it fun (for kids and adults!)
Did I mention how awesome these would be as an appetizer or snack? You could totally make these with toothpicks. Use different types of bread (a thick, hearty bread works best), different cheeses and meats. I won't even tell you how many I ate after taking these photos.
This isn't so much a recipe as it is an idea that you can totally tweak to your family's liking. You can't go wrong! Also, for younger kids, you will want to use lollipop sticks instead of skewers. Lollipop sticks are flat on both ends and no one can get injured by accident! Or you can use the blunt toothpicks as well.
1/2 lb. (each) Butterball Turkey and Ham Deli Meats (sliced thinly at the deli counter)
1/2 pound cheddar cheese (cut into cubes or slices)
handful, green & leafy lettuce
1 cup cherry tomatoes
white and wheat bread, thick slices
honey mustard, for dipping
small wooden skewers, toothpicks or lollipop sticks
*Feel free to toast the bread first if you like it a little more crunchy. Also, use your favorite cheeses here. I love mozzarella and monterey jack too!
Like I said, this is so simple! Cube up your bread and your cheese. Now, the harder the cheese, the harder it is to get on a toothpick. Softer cheeses like mozzarella, colby, brie and monterey jack all hold their shape well when sliding onto the stick.
Then start sliding your bite sized pieces onto the stick. For younger kids, slice the cherry tomatoes in half. I start with a cube of bread, then tomato, lettuce, cheese, Butterball Deli Ham (folded in quarters), another piece of bread, Butterball Deli Turkey, then a final piece of bread. Boom, that's it.
Pour some honey mustard into a small, lidded container for dipping. Be sure to pack it with a cold pack so it stays cool until lunchtime!