I have been eyeing a cookbook at Costco for a few weeks now and I finally broke down and purchased it--solely because of this recipe. Well, I guess not solely. But as I flipped through it and saw this recipe, it pushed me over the edge in not being able to resist. I was helping to plan a shower for my sister-in-law's first baby girl and I thought this might be a fun variation on shower food. So my mom and I tried it out early to see if it was going to be as delicious as it sounds. It was really yummy and I loved that you could shake it up however you pleased to make your own brunch rolls. In the end we decided it might've been a little too much work to crank out a ton of them in the midst of all the the other last minute shower preparations before everyone arrived. But I do think this would be such a perfect, fun, and different thing to serve up to your guests--be it for a shower, holiday, or just for dinner. We made it exactly as the recipe described--but I'll note how we thought we would've altered it if we had made it for the shower.
Brunch Rolls from "Worldwide Ward Cookbook"
1 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 C. butter, softened
2 C. ham, chopped
1 1/2 C broccoli, chopped (I did them pretty fine
2 C. cheese, finely grated (Swiss, Cheddar, or American work great)
1 C. fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated
1 C. scallions, finely chopped
Make your favorite recipe for white rolls (using half wheat flour is okay). Roll the dough out as if you were making cinnamon rolls. Spread with cream cheese and butter. Top with ham, broccoli, cheese, Parmesan cheese, and scallions. Roll up and slice, let rise, and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. To make them extra pretty, brush with butter and sprinkle with sea salt, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds. (Use this general process to make pizza rolls, four-cheese rolls, and other varieties). These are especially great with a salad and fruit.
Tips: Here's how I might alter there recipe next time: 12 oz. of cream cheese, 2 1/2-3 C of ham (I would use chopped ham), 2 C broccoli, 3+ cups of cheese. I would also cook them for about 12-15 minutes and then check them--the bottoms were pretty overcooked at 20 minutes (and it could've been the pan I used, too).