Wisconsin Hot Ham and Rolls
I will admit that there are things about cooking that excite me. One of those things, and yes you can call me a food nerd if you want, is going to the deli counter, and watching the folks slice meat to my desired thickness. It was not too long ago however, when I thought how cool it would be to have my very own deli slicer. I quickly did some online research, looked at ratings, and put one on my wish list when any extra money would become available. I even announced it to my coworkers, and family members. I was that excited by the idea of having my very own deli slicer!
So this past Christmas, as the kids were opening gifts, family members slid over a box to me. I gave them the “look”, and with curiosity, began opening the gift. I saw the picture of the blade on the box, and tore into it like I was five again. It was a deli slicer!
My first instinct was what was I going to slice? What was I going to cook? Was my next trip to the deli to ask for the whole roast beef or ham, and take that home to slice? I had no idea, but then it dawned to me, why not make sliced ham, and make what is a traditional Sunday fare in Milwaukee, hot ham and rolls.
So as my wife was out and about shopping one morning and my kids were quietly tucked away in their bedrooms playing video games, I was in the kitchen hugging my deli slicer. Just kidding, I was not hugging it, but I was admiring this beautiful piece of machinery. My very own slicer!
After cleaning the slicer, and reading the instructions, I brought out some ham from the refrigerator, set the slicer on the thinnest setting and began to glide back and forth on the rotating blade. I lifted a piece of ham off of the tray, and actually giggled as it was so thin, and something to be so proud of in my very own kitchen. I continued to slice and slice and slice. My own deli, right at home.
Wisconsin hot ham and rolls is something bizarre, and if you have never been to Milwaukee, it is a must on a Sunday morning. I kid you not, people line up in the deli after church, and order hot ham, then head over and pick up their rolls, go home, and enjoy their hot ham and rolls. I remember them clearly as a kid, but never questioned the idea of why we were having hot ham and rolls for brunch on a Sunday morning. I am also not kidding when you can drive around town and see hot ham and rolls signs outside a gas station. Hot ham and rolls in Milwaukee is just that popular.
There is nothing to it however. It is what it is. Hot ham and rolls. Now with my slicer, I do not have to sit in a line at the deli, waiting on mediocre ham. I can have my own ham, cook it the way I want it and slice it paper thin. Hot ham and rolls any day of the week!
- Ham, sliced paper thin
- Soft rolls, sliced
- 1/4 cup of water
Begin my heating up a small skillet on medium heat. Add in the water and ham, cover, and let steam for a minute or two. Remove and place on your roll. Yes, that is it folks. Hot ham and rolls. It doesn’t get any easier than that. Enjoy.