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Make-Ahead Sandwiches Recipe

"I developed these 'fun buns' about 20 years ago when our four children were preteens," explains Marie Hass from Madison, Wisconsin. "Once they started high school, I kept some in the freezer for quick suppers when after-school activities kept them from eating with the rest of the family."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup chopped dill or sweet pickles
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 12 hot dog buns, split


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, pickles, salt, pepper, garlic powder and pepper sauce; heat through. Stir in cheese.
  • 2. Place about 1/3 cupful on six buns; serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate remaining meat mixture until cool.
  • 3. Fill the remaining buns; wrap individually in heavy-duty foil and seal tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • 4. To use frozen sandwiches: Bake in foil at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 295 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 49 mg cholesterol, 908 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 18 g protein.