Easy and Delicious Freezer Meal!
This is a freezer meal that the whole family is sure to love! I have some picky eaters that willingly and happily ate this ham and cheese braid, so it is definitely a keeper for me. Plus, it is super easy to make!
I made 6 of these ham and cheese braids the other day! I participate in a freezer meal group, so we each make several of one meal, then exchange meals with the others in the group to get a nice variety each month. I assembled two braids at a time until all six were done. It was easy and went quickly!
I bought Rhodes frozen white bread dough (with a coupon, of course), bulk shredded cheese, and a whole cooked boneless ham. You can try using a different bread dough, including homemade, if you want to. We like the white bread dough better than the wheat for this recipe though. The ham happened to be on sale for less than the deli meats and the pre-sliced, pre-packaged meats. Plus, the nice lady at the deli was able to slice up the entire ham for me free of charge.
A pizza wheel works great to cut the strips along the edges of the dough. Layer the seasoned butter, ham, and cheese down the center of the of the rolled out bread dough. Then criss-cross the strips over the top of it all. Brush on some more butter and sprinkle on some pretty poppy seeds. Viola!
To protect the braid from freezer burn, it helps to wrap it in plastic wrap and foil. I think it works nicely to wrap the foil around at an diagonal angle, basically as you might see a Subway “sandwich artist” do. 😉 Label your bundle of ham and cheese goodness, then let it reside in the freezer.
Before baking, you will want to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let it come to room temperature on the counter for a few hours before baking. Bake it right on the foil you use for wrapping and cleanup is a breeze!
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Any time I need to spread something, like the butter in this recipe, or frosting, I always reach for my little angled spatula. Easy, smooth, and even spreading!