There are so many food blogs today, it’s crazy! When I first started, there was only a fraction of what’s online now. And just like readers who follow and unfollow certain sites, bloggers do the same.
Kathy’s first cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press, came out a couple of years ago, and I lost count how many copies I bought as gifts.
Well, she’s back, soon releasing her second cookbook The 8×8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners, Desserts and More—In One Perfect 8×8-inch Dish. And what’s more, she’s founded her own publishing company, Burnt Cheese Press. She is a force!
With The 8×8 Cookbook, Kathy takes the simple 8×8-inch square baking dish up a notch (or two!) into a dinnertime secret weapon for busy families. Beyond the usual brownies and casseroles, Kathy has created 64 modern “square meals” perfect for weeknights. It’s the perfect size for a family of four or six, and recipes double easily to fit a 13×9- inch dish for a larger crowd.
Recipes include Honey-Glazed Chicken with Root Vegetables, Spinach-Pesto Lasagna, Chard Apple Stuffing, Orange Custard French Toast, and Croissant Bread Pudding with Espresso Butterscotch Sauce for dessert, just to name a few. HELLO.
These Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are also in there and were a huge hit at my table. Sweet rolls, salty ham, tangy mustard, melted swiss cheese, pickles, and start to finish is only 20 minutes – what’s not to love??
- 9 Hawaiian sweet rolls , halved lengthwise
- 9 small slices Swiss cheese
- 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 18 dill pickle slices
- 9 slices deli ham , folded in quarters
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter , melted
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In an 8x8-inch glass or ceramic baking dish, arrange bottom halves of the rolls in three rows. Assemble the sandwiches by layering on the cheese, mustard, pickles, and ham. Close the sandwiches with the top halves of the rolls, and brush the butter on each top.
Bake until the cheese is melted, 10-15 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!
When layering the ingredients, it is best to place the mustard and pickles in the middle, so the bread doesn’t get soggy.
Recipe by Kathy Strahs, from The 8×8 Cookbook: Square Meals for Weeknight Family Dinners and More–In One Perfect 8×8 Inch Dish (Burnt Cheese Press, 2015), reprinted with permission.
Hungry for more? Here are other recipes from the book!
- Baked Blueberry Oatmeal (Breezy Brunch) ~ Julie from Peanut Butter and Julie
- Blueberry Cobbler with Cornmeal Cream Biscuits (Sweet Treats) ~ Gerry from Foodness Gracious
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (Sweet Treats) ~ Jenny from Picky Palate
- Chocolate Craving Cake (Sweet Treats) ~ Amanda from I Am Baker
- Greek-Style Sausage and Peppers (Weeknights Won) ~ Liren from Kitchen Confidante
- Honey-Glazed Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables (Weeknights Won) ~ Jane from This Week For Dinner
- Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders (Weeknights Won) ~ Amy from Very Culinary
- Layered Spinach, Artichoke and Crab Dip (On the Side) ~ Kathy from Panini Happy (and author of The 8×8 Cookbook)
- Pastitsio (The Sunday Dinner Table) ~ Rachel from Rachel Cooks
Available in November, just in time for Thanksgiving and holiday gifts, The 8×8 Cookbook is filled with helpful cooking tips and full-color photographs. Want a copy?
1. Go to The 8×8 Cookbook Project Page on Kickstarter. Watch the book trailer, read the project story and see how your contributions will bring this project to life.
2. Choose a Reward Level. Starting as little as $5, there are rewards for contributions at all levels. Get in early–there’s limited availability for special Early Bird pricing on some of the best packages!
3. Make Your Pledge. Your credit card will only be charged if the project is fully funded by the end of the campaign, on October 29.
It’s as easy as that. At the end of the campaign, you’ll receive an email survey to confirm your mailing address and payment information.