How To Have Lunch for Dinner

You’ve probably heard of people having breakfast for dinner, right? You cook pancakes and bacon, serve some orange juice on the side, and you feel like you’re breaking mealtime protocol like some sort of rebel.

But what about having lunch for dinner? No one thinks about having sweet, poor lunch for dinner. But now that we know how delicious and versatile Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® deli meat is, we can’t sit idly by and watch people miss out on the delicious world that is lunch for dinner.

So, with the help from our friends at the Hillshire Farm® brand, we found these deli meat recipes you have to try for dinner—and they all call for Farm Classics® deli meat as their main ingredient.

3 Ingredient Ham & Cheese Bake

This one will be a family favorite—and it’s so easy to make. Win-win. It’s kind of like a DIY hot pocket.
Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Ham
  • 1 pack of cheddar cheese slices
  • 1 refrigerated crescent roll
Check out the easy steps for making your own ham and cheese bake here.

Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese

This fun take on the classic grilled cheese will be one your kids request over and over again!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Ham
  • 1 bag of Tyson frozen chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 slices of Texas-style bread
  • 12 slices of swiss cheese
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • ½ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard

Put on your chef’s hat and check out this recipe for making cordon bleu grilled cheese yourself! 

Turkey & Cheese Sandwich with Chipotle Mayo

Take the basic turkey and cheese combo to the next level with DIY chipotle mayo. All you have to do is combine mayo, chipotle peppers, and garlic. (Honestly, you might want to double-down on this stuff because it’s SO good). The spiciness of the mayo is perfectly balanced by the fresh cilantro you put on the top layer. Mmm.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Oven Roasted Turkey
  • ¼ cup of finely grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 6-8 slices of bread
  • Colby jack cheese, sliced thinly
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of diced chipotle peppers

You can learn to make your own chipotle mayo here! 

Hot Turkey Sandwiches

This recipe calls for a whole pound of turkey slices, which is why you’ll be glad you have Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics®!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Oven Roasted Turkey
  • ½ tsp poultry seasoning
  • 32 oz of chicken broth
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of black pepper
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 2 cups of water

Check out this easy-to-follow recipe for hot turkey sandwiches

Jalapeno Popper Baked Turkey Sandwich

Cook these up for a big group, or store the leftovers in the freezer for a quick reheat on a busy night!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Oven Roasted Turkey
  • 1 Package of King’s Hawaiian Jalapeno Rolls
  • 4 oz. of cream cheese
  • 6 slices of colby jack cheese
  • 6 pieces of cooked bacon
  • 1 large jalapeno
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of onion powder
  • ¼ cup of breadcrumbs (Panko)

Get your spice on with this crowd-approved jalapeno popper baked turkey sandwich recipe. 

Spicy Italian Crescent Ring

If you can handle a bit of spice, you’ll love this recipe. It’s simple but looks super cool when it’s all done!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 2 cans of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • ½ cup of roasted bell peppers (jar)
  • 8 slices of Provolone cheese
  • ⅓ pound of sliced hot salami
  • ¼ pound sliced capicola
  • ½ cup of hot pepper rings (jar)
Make your own spicy Italian crescent ring by following this recipe. 

Honey Ham & Pear Sandwich

The sweet-and-salty flavor of the Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® honey ham combines with the pear in this recipe to create one unforgettable sandwich.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Ham
  • 4 slices of bread
  • Mayonnaise to taste
  • 1 pear
  • ½ cup of arugula
  • 2-3 ounces of Manchego cheese

Make your own Insta-worthy honey ham and pear sandwich here. 

Ham & Swiss Croissants

This recipe is simple but packs a serious punch—and, it’s perfect for kids. You take your basic ham and swiss and add this special sauce made of dijon, honey and brown sugar.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 4 croissants
  • 8 slices of Swiss cheese

See the recipe for the hot version of ham and Swiss croissants here.

Smoked Ham & Apple Gouda Sandwich

This. This is the kind of sandwich dreams are made of. It’s light, refreshing, and, let’s face it, looks pretty. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 4 slices of bread
  • ½ of an apple
  • 6 mini slices of gouda
  • Olive oil (if you want it grilled)

Make your own grilled smoked ham and apple gouda sandwich with this recipe. 

Cordon Bleu Casserole

Remember that cordon bleu grilled cheese from earlier? This is the casserole version, and it’s sure to go fast!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ½ pound Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Ham
  • 1 cooked boneless chicken breast, shredded
  • ¼ pounds of Baby Swiss Cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 3 ¼ cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ teaspoons of white pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons of crushed dried parsley

Check out this cordon bleu casserole recipe for the ultimate comfort food. 

Italian Pesto Sliders

We love any excuse to break out the Pesto! This recipe is simple but has that classic Italian flavor you’ll love!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Oven Roasted Turkey
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 cup of Pesto
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
  • 24 slider rolls
  • 8 ounces of butter
  • 1 ½ cups of Mozzarella cheese

Channel your inner Italian chef with this Italian pesto slider recipe. 

Turkey Spinach Roll-Ups

Another simple recipe you can make over and over again! These call for 3 ingredients, are low-carb, and taste so fresh and light.

Here’s all you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Oven Roasted Turkey
  • ½ cup of baby spinach
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • Your dressing of choice

Just use the turkey slices as your “wrap” and roll these up!

Ham & Pineapple Rolls 

We already love the combination of ham and pineapple, and this recipe takes it to the next level.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Ham
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped green onion
  • 1 teaspoon of mustard
  • ¼ cup of mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup of canned crushed pineapple in juice
  • 1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls

Try this tropical treat for yourself with this ham and pineapple roll recipe. 

Easy Panini

One way to up a sandwich? Make it hot! These panini’s are packed with flavor and can be altered to fit your taste however you’d like!

Here’s what you need:

  • Your favorite Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® deli meat
  • 8 slices of sourdough bread (or any good bread)
  • Yellow Mustard or Honey Dijon
  • 4 slices of provolone (or other good sliced cheese)

See the recipe for an easy panini here. 

Pasta Salad

This chilled pasta salad recipe is easy and especially delicious in the hot summer months.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Boil your favorite pasta
  • Add veggies, your favorite Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® chopped up, some salad dressing, and some cheese.
  • Throw it in there refrigerator until it’s chilled.
  • Enjoy.

Ham and Macaroni Salad

This is another chilled salad that you have to try this summer! Throw some fresh fruit on the side and you have perfection.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Honey Roasted Ham
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, diced
  • 2 cups of elbow macaroni
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dill pickle, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard

Make your own chilled ham and macaroni salad with this recipe.

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

This sounds like the best comfort food ever. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hillshire Farm® Farm Classics® Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated

So the next time someone suggests having breakfast for dinner, don’t forget about your ol’ pal lunch. As you can tell, he makes for a decent dinner, too.

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