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Game Day Ham & Garlic Bread Sandwiches

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Eckrich.

Y’all already know how much we love Game Day around here, right?! There’s nothing I love more than having friends over and whipping up some football food. Even when my team isn’t playing, the sound of a game in the background is soothing to me. The sounds of a football game on Sundays is one of my fondest memories growing up.

I’m only half-kidding when I say I wish someone would make it one of the sounds on a sleep machine! :)

I’ve partnered with Eckrich Deli to bring you an easy recipe that will feed your crowd yet is different enough that everyone will be happy. Eckrich Deli started as a small meat market that opened in 1894! They’ve grown to be among the most popular in the supermarket retail and meat case (I know I’m a fan).

I was genuinely surprised how much I love the Eckrich Deli Ham Off The Bone. My parents were here helping me with a few big jobs and when I started slicing the ham for these Game Day sandwiches, we were all sneaking pieces again and again. This is the kind of ham that makes you glad you have Christmas leftovers, except you don’t need to bake a ham to get them! Eckrich Deli has many options for every meal of the day! This ham is perfect for a lunch packed with the finest cuts of lunchmeat to dinner on the grill with Smoked Sausage (YUM!).

And, of course, Eckrich is perfect for epic game day entertaining! Everyone loves a sandwich, but because mine uses Eckrich Deli Ham Off The Bone and fresh rolls that become more like garlic bread – such a great combination – they’ll make your game day celebration something special.

To make my Game Day Ham & Garlic Bread Sandwiches, first slice off the top of your buns and hollow out the middle. You could also make one big sandwich the same way and serve slices to everyone. I love the individual sandwiches since you can keep them warm in the oven and serve them on your own time.

Hollowed out bun ready to be filled for Game Day Sandwiches.

Fill your sandwiches with Eckrich Deli Ham Off The Bone Deli Meat, thinly sliced red onion, sliced jalapeños and top with a slice of smoked gouda.

Bun filled with toppings for Game Day Sandwiches.

Mix together melted butter, grated parmesan, minced garlic and chopped parsley.

A bowl with melted butter, parmesan, garlic and chopped parsley.

Place the sandwiches on pieces of foil, then brush them liberally with garlic-butter mixture. Wrap them up and bake!

Slathering a bun with the garlic butter mixture.

Those are the basics, although for visual instructions you can watch this quick video:


Oh, and guess what? Eckrich is giving one lucky college football fan the chance to win ONE MILLION DOLLARS at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Atlanta. During the pregame festivities, the winner will attempt to complete a 20-yard pass LIVE on ESPN to win $1 million. Eckrich brand ambassador and ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit will attempt a throw for $1 million that will be donated to CFP Foundation’s “Extra Yard for Teachers” cause if he makes the throw.

You can tune in to College Football Live on ESPN on January 8 at 1:30 PM EST to see if the lucky winner takes home $1 Million. You can also grab more information here. You can enjoy these Game Day Ham & Garlic Bread Sandwiches while you watch!

The finished sandwich on a plate.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Eckrich Deli. Thank you for helping me support the brands I love!
The finished sandwich on a plate.

Game Day Ham & Garlic Bread Sandwiches

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

These easy, delicious baked sandwiches will feed your game day crowd!


  • 6 french rolls
  • 1/2 pound Eckrich Deli Ham Off The Bone Deli Meat
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Cut the very top off the french rolls (see video for visual). Hollow out the inside until you have just a shell left. Layer with ham, followed by red onion, jalapeños and cheese. Place top of bread back to cover.
  3. Make crosswise cuts into buns, leaving bottom of loaf intact. Place buns onto individual sheets of foil large enough to wrap them in.
  4. Melt butter, then stir in garlic, parmesan and parsley. Spoon onto buns, taking care to spread it out and ensure that some seeps between the slices. Wrap each tightly with foil.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until sandwiches are very hot and heated through.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Saturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 941mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 15g

Don’t miss this delicious Nashville Hot Chicken Recipe for game day, too!

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