Make Ahead

Dream Cruise Sliders - Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders

October  4, 2022
3 Ratings
  • Makes 12 sliders
Author Notes

In 1995 a group of Ferndale, Mi residents held the very first Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise to raise money for a soccer field in Ferndale. Expecting about 30,000 people to show up and watch classic cars parade down Woodward Avenue, imagine their surprise when about 250,000 showed up. Today the cruise, held on the third Saturday in August, draws 1.5 MILLION from around the world. People cruise up and down the 16 mile route in their classics, vintage, hot rods and souped up cars to celebrate the days of the 1950s and 60s when drag racing and cruising were at their peak. And when you cruised you always pulled into one or more of the many drive-in restaurants along the route - Teds, Totem Pole, Mavericks and of course the two Big Boys. Now the Big Boy is gone (along with all the rest) but whether you come for the trip or just hang out for the day, take along some of these ham and cheese sliders reminiscent of a famous Big Boy sandwich! —inpatskitchen

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped Kosher dill pickles
  • 1 cup mayonaisse
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 12 thin slices smoked deli ham
  • 6 thin slices deli swiss cheese
  • 12 slider buns or small dinner rolls
  • 12 thin slices tomato (about the same size in diameter as the buns)
  • Shredded romaine lettuce
  1. In a mini food processor, process the onion and pickle until a little chunky but slushy. Combine this mixture in a smallish mixing bowl with the mayo,ketchup and horseradish. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before assembling your sliders.
  2. For each slider, spread the cut sides of the bun with the sauce. Lay some of the shredded lettuce over the bottom and then fold a slice of ham to fit over. Add a half slice of the cheese over the ham, cutting to fit and top with a tomato slice. Place the top half of the bun over. Repeat for the rest of the sliders. Wrap them in paper, toss into the cooler and be on your merry way!

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Recipe by: inpatskitchen

I think I get my love for food and cooking from my mom, who was an amazing cook. She would start baking and freezing a month before Christmas in order to host our huge open house on Christmas afternoon. I watched and I this day I try not to procrastinate when it comes to entertaining. My cooking style is pretty much all over the place, although I'm definitely partial to Greek and Italian cuisine. Oh yes, throw a little Cajun in there too!

9 Reviews

Muse October 17, 2013
These look absolutely delicious...can't wait to make them! Peace, Light and Love.
inpatskitchen October 17, 2013
Thanks so much Muse!
Dtown B. June 18, 2013
Hey I lived on Albany and Leroy! Mama I'm Comin Home!
inpatskitchen June 19, 2013
Less than 2 months for cruisin!!
lastnightsdinner June 18, 2013
Ha! I used to live right off of 13 and Woodward in Royal Oak! Ah, memories (and I *loved* Big Boy... sigh). Thanks for sharing - these little sliders sound great!
inpatskitchen June 18, 2013
OMG! I lived at 13 and Greenfield..walking distance to Woodward! Kimball? What Year? And thanks about the sliders!
lastnightsdinner June 19, 2013
I didn't grow up there, but for a few years when I was in my 20s, I lived on Albert Avenue, right by Beaumont Hospital and that big Kroger shopping center :)
aargersi June 17, 2013
What a delicious little sammich!
inpatskitchen June 17, 2013
Why thank you Abbie!!