Sammy D. Jr.-Size Melts

March 2007
Sammy D. Jr.-Size Melts

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"Sammy" is short for sandwiches (and "Sammy D." is short for Sammy Davis, Jr.). These Rat Pack-inspired poker-night snacks are great for anytime you want finger food; since they're made on cocktail bread, they're as cute as they are tasty.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 5 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 loaf mini pumpernickel or rye bread
  • 1/2 pound deli-sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 pound deli-sliced turkey pastrami or smoked turkey
  • 4 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chives (10 to 12 blades)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Directions
  1. Place 12 slices of bread on a work surface. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cut the cheese into 6 squares per slice. Cut the turkey into similar-size pieces. Build the sammies like this: bread, cheese slice, 2 turkey slices, tomato slice, salt and pepper to taste, sprinkle of chives, cheese slice, bread.
  2. Hold the butter with a paper towel and wipe the skillet with the butter to coat lightly. Add the sammies to the pan and cook 6 at a time for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Serve warm.
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