My Grandmother's Recipes: Ham & Cheese Spirals

February 25, 2014

I admit it, I did change this recipe a bit. 

The basics are still all Nanny though. I just swapped out her fridge section biscuit dough and made a little garlic butter to brush on the inside. I also folded them like a Cinnamon Roll for a nicer presentation. 

Yes, even at breakfast I can find a way to add in garlic. These little rolls turned out to be heavenly though. 

Ham & Cheese Spirals via @labride

You may recall awhile ago I made my mother's Ham and Cheese Rolls, those are a family favorite that came about after my cousin Jeanie got married and they were severed as a passed item there. 

This particular recipe though, I dug it deep out of the Nanny's recipe files (and when I say files I mean it, I was handed 5-6 manilla envelopes full of recipes). 

I imagine this is something she made on Saturday's for herself and Pop. When I was around Pop made bacon, grits, fried eggs, and biscuits. So this wasn't something I would have had over at their house. 

One particular summer I was grounded more than I could stand, and as part of my sentencing I was subjected to constant adult supervision. That was also the last time I snuck out, but my sports car loving self couldn't bare passing up the chance to drive someone's car. Even if I was grounded for something like 90 days. 

Why don't I ever just tell people where I'm going? 

Anyway, punishment. Pop was retired by the time that event happened and Nanny was still working, so Laura and I were trucked over to their house every single day that Mom worked summer school. There were perks though, heck I was with Pop. The man makes a mean breakfast, and was well known for harboring Blue Bell ice cream under the guise that it was "for the girls" even when Nanny had put them on another diet. 

So punishment was never really "that" bad with Pop. Plus it gave me a chance to catch up on my Soap Operas, yes I religiously watched those with my grandparents. 

Ham & Cheese Spirals via @labride

My Grandmother's Ham & Cheese Spirals

serves 16
1 batch of biscuit dough (or store bought)
4 tbsp butter
1/8 tsp garlic salt
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
9 slices Sharp Cheddar (11 oz container in deli section)
6 oz Canadian Bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Make biscuits according to directions. Roll out dough like you would for Cinnamon Rolls into a large rectangle, thinner than biscuits, but still a decent thickness. Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a microwave safe dish, stir in garlic and parsley. Brush butter mixture over the rectangle of biscuit dough. Evenly lay slices of cheese and Canadian bacon over dough. Next, roll the dough like you would for Cinnamon Rolls. Now with either a sharp knife or a nice piece of sting cut dough into 16 rolls. Arrange ham and cheese rolls on a pan. Bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove rolls from the oven. Melt remaining 2 tbsp of butter & brush over the top of the rolls. Place back into the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until golden brown.

My oven runs hot so it could possible take less time after the initial 10 minutes, my oven also apparently hates to brown things.

Ham & Cheese Spirals via @labride

The cheese I specifically used was the pre-sliced sharp cheddar, the Great Value brand works fine. I would have used all 11 slices except someone ate two of them earlier in the week, such is life.