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Lazy Lion Melt

 Lazy Lion Melt
We're not lyin' when we say youngsters will love these open-face turkey and cheese sandwiches assembled from hot dog and hamburger buns.
6 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Broil: 5 min.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 carrot slices (1/8 inch thick)
  • 3 hamburger buns, split
  • 6 slices process Swiss cheese
  • 12 ripe olive slices
  • 12 pimiento slices
  • 6 hot dog buns, split
  • 6 thin slices cooked turkey or other deli meat
  • 12 slices process American cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 18 potato sticks
  • Shredded lettuce, optional

Directions

  • Combine mayonnaise and mustard; set aside. Cut each carrot slice into
  • three triangles; set aside.
  • For each lion, place half of a hamburger bun, cut side up, on an
  • ungreased baking sheet (three lions per sheet). Spread with a small
  • amount of the mayonnaise mixture. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese.
  • Add two olives for eyes, a carrot triangle for nose and two
  • pimientos for mouth. Position the top half of a hot dog bun, cut
  • side up, below head for body. Spread with mayonnaise mixture. Top
  • with turkey and American cheese, cutting to fit the bun.

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Lazy Lion Melt (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • For the tail, slice 1/2 in. from one end of the hot dog bun bottom.
  • Cut remaining portion into four 2-1/4-in. strips for legs. Position
  • the legs and tail with cut side up; spread with mayonnaise mixture.
  • Cut one slice of American cheese into strips to fit over legs and
  • tail. Place over the mayonnaise mixture, tucking under cheese of the
  • body.
  • Broil 6 in. from the heat until cheese is slightly melted and the
  • lion holds its shape, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese on
  • the end of the tail and around head. Broil 30 seconds longer or
  • until cheese is melted.
  • Transfer to a serving plate. Add potato sticks for whiskers. If
  • desired, add lettuce under legs for grass. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 489 calories, 26 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 1,457 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 24 g protein.