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Make-Ahead Sandwiches

 Make-Ahead Sandwiches
"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."
12 ServingsPrep/Total Time: 20 min.


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 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


  • 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.
  • Place about 1/3 cupful on six buns; serve immediately. Cover and
  • refrigerate remaining meat mixture until cool.
  • Fill the remaining buns; wrap individually in heavy-duty foil and
  • seal tightly. Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To use frozen sandwiches: Bake in foil at 400° for 30-35 minutes
  • or until heated through. Yield: 1 dozen.

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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.