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Carol Kicinski
A classic ham and cheese sandwich with a twist!

The perfect snack to celebrate going back to school!

Author Byline Image   I love sandwiches. All kinds of sandwiches; fancy schmancy ingredients on artisanal gluten free bread, peanut butter and jelly, egg salad wrapped in lettuce leaves – it doesn’t really matter how plain or fancy, I just really love sandwiches.
   I also happen to be a big fan of reinventing things I love into other forms. The combination of these two loves is what brought this recipe to life. I thought to myself “What if I took the ingredients of a ham and cheese sandwich and made it into a little appetizer?” Then I told myself that was a really good idea.
   This recipe is actually a play on the Brazilian pao de queijo or “cheese bread”. Pao de queijo is a
Ham and Cheese Sandwich Balls
Makes 20 ham and cheese balls
1 (7.5 ounce) box gluten-free bread mix
2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
3 large eggs, divided use
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup diced ham
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
1 teaspoon dried onion
   Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
   In a large bowl, combine the bread mix, oil, 2 eggs, cheese, ham, mustard, and ¼ cup water. Dump the mixture onto a clean work surface and knead until the dough is smooth. Divide the mixture into 20 equal sized balls. Place the balls on the prepared baking sheet.
   Whisk the remaining egg with 1 tablespoon water. Brush the balls with the egg mixture. Combine the salt and dried onion and sprinkle on top of the balls. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
popular snack food in Brazil often sold by street vendors made of tapioca starch, cheese and eggs. The dough is shaped into little balls, baked, and consumed.
   I Americanized these by adding some ham and mustard – just like a good old ham sandwich. I also took a shortcut by
using gluten-free bread mix as the dough – all I had to do was add some ingredients, roll into balls, bake and enjoy! These ham and cheese sandwich balls make for a great snack or appetizer for the kids on school days, or for adults when served with a nice cold glass of gluten free beer!