My family loves Zupas. We went through a “Zupas every time we leave town” phase! Don’t get me wrong. I like Zupas, but I also like variety. I noticed that every time we went, our order consisted of anywhere from 6-8 Honey Bacon Club sandwiches.
In an effort to satisfy everyones craving for the HBC and increase my chances of being able to go to Cafe Rio again, I set out to duplicate the HBC. I believe I did a pretty good job. My family loves them, and I love them too. They are a perfect “Make ahead meal.” Here’s what you’ll need.
Start by mixing up the Honey Mustard Sauce. It’s equal parts of Honey, Mayonaise and mustard. I mix 1 cup of each which is enough to feed our family (8) twice. Sometimes I warm my honey in the microwave for a little bit, it makes it easier to mix. I store the left over sauce in a tupperware container in the fridge and use it to make them again in the near future. This is a meal my family would not complain about having once a week.
Next, seperate rolls and spread sauce on top and bottom. I just use a large spoonful on each slice.
Build your sandwich. Place a couple slices of Ham, cooked bacon (I like the Kirkland brand; warm & serve bacon from Costco), Provolone cheese, and a slice of tomato on each sandwich and top with the other half of roll.
At this point, I like to put them in a large tupperware container and leave them in the fridge. When we get home from our evening activities, I can quickly and easily cook them. If the kids get home before me, they can cook enough for themselves and leave the rest. This way everybody gets a fresh one.
I don’t have a panini maker which is kind of surprising, because I like small kitchen appliances and own several. However, I have a large George Forman grill and it works great. I put 2-3 sandwiches in and push down firmly on the lid to smash the sandwiches. I cook them for about 1 min. I use a hot pad or dish towel so I don’t burn myself.
If you don’t have a panini maker or a George Forman Grill, no worries. We have cooked them individually in a frying pan. You just need to smash them, you could use a spatula or a small plate, and make sure they get warmed all the way through. I hope you’ll try them. I think you’ll like them. And they are perfect for any season.
Zupas HBC (Honey Bacon Club)
- Ciabatta or Artisan Rolls
- 1 C. Honey
- 1 C. Mayonnaise
- 1 C. Mustard
- Sliced Ham
- Bacon I like Warm & Serve
- Sliced Tomato’s
- Sliced Provolone Cheese
- Mix equal parts of the Honey, Mustard and Mayonnaise in a small bowl. I use a cup of each but you may want to start with 1/2 C. of each. I like leftover sauce. Spread sauce over the top and bottom slices of each roll. Layer the Ham, Bacon, Tomato and Provolone Cheese and top with the other half of the roll. Cook in Panini maker, sandwich maker, George Forman grill or Frying Pan until warmed through.