1/29/12

Freezer Meal: Ham & Cheese Braid


Freezer Meal: Ham  and Cheese Braid

This is an easy recipe to make multiples of to store in your freezer.  An easy way to do this is to buy a bag of store bought frozen bread dough that comes 4-5 loaves in a package and make them all up at once. Even better, invite a friend over and  make a whole other batch of Pepperoni Bread and divide them up between you!  Each of you can cook one up for your own dinners that night and freeze up to 2 Ham & Cheese Braids and 2 Pepperoni  Breads each! Great work in a short amount of time! For this session I saved money by making my own dough. I made a 2 lb. loaf and divided it into 2 breads.

Ham & Cheese Braid


Ingredients:

1 lb. loaf bread dough thawed (You could use the pillsbury style pizza dough also)
1 (9 oz.) package of thinly sliced ham
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 cup softened butter/margarine
1 pkg. of Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix






Directions:
Roll out bread dough to a rectangle (mine was about 18 x 24 inches)








Mix butter and Ranch seasoning in a small bowl and spread half of it onto the rolled out dough. (Save the other half for later.)









Top with shredded cheese and then layer all the ham.









Using a pizza cutter cut strips of dough along both long edges. You'll need an even number of strips on both sides. (I ended up with 10 but should have made them fatter and done like 8)









Starting on one short end, fold up the short end over the ham
 and begin criscrossing the first two strips on each side:










Continue criscrossing the strips to cover the entire top of the bread. At the other end, fold up the short end to tuck it under the last set of braided twists.









Spread remaining butter/ranch mix across the top of the braided bread












To bake right away:
Bake in 350 degree oven 25-30 minutes or until bread dough is golden brown. (If using the pillsbury pizza dough, may be done much sooner)

To Freeze for later:  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and then wrap in aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 4 months.  To Bake after freezing: Pull Ham & Cheese Braid from freezer and allow to thaw in the refrigerator. A half hour before baking place on a greased baking sheet and allow to rise on counter. Bake as directed above.   ( I bet you could bake this right from the freezer, I'm just not sure of the baking time)














9 comments:

  1. Ok what a great idea! I can see making them a bit small to have at a party too, yummy!

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    1. That would be a great party food! Little mini ones would be fun!

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  2. I'm a new member. I've looked through your site this evening...love all the tips. Thanks.

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    1. Jessica, Welcome! I'm so glad you found me! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  3. I made this tonight using a Pillsbury pizza crust. The butter on top melted and left it sitting in a puddle of butter. The crust is soggy. What kind of pan did you use?

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    1. Sorry to hear you had problems with it. I use a non stick pizza pan that has holes in the bottom for airflow. I haven't had the same problems as you encountered, Try making only half the butter/ranch for the inside. save the other half a packet of ranch and then spray the top crust with non-stick spray (Pam) and then sprinkle the ranch over the top of that. It should be just as yummy, less calories, and less runny for you. If you do decide to try again Please let me know how it turns out! Best wishes,
      Jan

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    2. Also I usually use homemade dough. I have used the pillsbury,but not in quite some time.

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  4. I made this and it turn out yummy!!! What I did was chop up the ham in cubes, put the mix of butter on then cheese on first, then the ham and followed the rest of the recipe.I sprayed a lot of Pam on the cookie sheet so it wouldn't stick and it turned out great there was no left over.😃

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    1. Yummo! so glad you like it and I love how you made it! I haven't made this in awhile and need to put this back into rotation again.

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