In honor of the weeks of brackets with March Madness, we turn to friend (and Tailgate Professional Chef), Beth Peterson, for an idea to serve the crowd glued to the TV screen. Beth suggests a large tray of The Classic Ham and Swiss Sandwich.

Served Warm, these are a hit with hungry tailgaters and b’ball enthusiasts – or with party goers in general:
Makes 12 Servings


12 dinner rolls (King’s Hawaiian are a big favorite)
2 tbsp mustard – Dijon or a spicy brown
1 lb sliced Swiss Cheese
12 pickle chips
1 lb sliced back forest ham (thin sliced)
4 oz butter
2 shallots minced
½ bunch parsley minced


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice the rolls in half using a serrated knife and arrange the bottom halves of the rolls in a large casserole dish. Add a layer of mustard, cheese, pickle and the ham. Cover with the top halves of the rolls.
  3. In a small pan on low heat, melt the butter and sauté the shallots. Add the parsley and remove from heat. Drizzle the sauce of the tops of the sandwiches. Bake the sandwiches in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the sandwiches are warmed through. Slice between the rolls to separate them and serve them warm in the pan – or wrap each individually in tinfoil. Place the individual sandwiches in a cooler to keep them warm at room temperature.

For other fabulous and easy tailgate solutions, Beth Peterson’s The Tailgate Cookbook is available on Amazon.