easy ham and cheese sliders

easy ham and cheese sliders

easy ham and cheese sliders

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easy ham and cheese sliders

The basic ingredients for this recipe couldn’t be easier.

  • Rolls – We used King’s Hawaiian, but you can also make your own homemade Hawaiian Rolls! I also adore my homemade Dinner Rolls.
  • Sharp cheddar Cheese  – I really prefer the slight tang of sharp cheddar in this recipe
  • Provolone cheese – you could use mozzarella instead or even a pepper jack
  • Ham – we used leftover ham from our favorite Crock Pot Honey Ham. Feel free to use deli ham, however, I would do a double layer

But as I mentioned above, the real magic is the seasonings. For the butter sauce, all you need is garlic salt and Italian seasoning. We have tested this recipe dozens of times and perfected the amounts, so try to get your measurements as accurate as possible!

Ok, so the hardest part about this recipe is cutting the bread. And even that is easy!

Start by cutting your rolls in half. Add the bottom half of the rolls to a greased casserole dish. Place cheese on top of that. Then layer your ham. I was using leftover honey baked ham and was pretty generous with the portions. (It’s so good!) Then another layer of cheese. Then place the top half of the rolls on top.

The next step is my favorite, and that is to brush butter sauce over everything. Into every nook & cranny, over the sides, into every little crevice. If you don’t have a pastry brush you can also pour the butter over top, but make sure that the seasonings are evenly distributed as they can clump together.

Bake the sliders covered with foil for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and let the tops turn golden brown. My mouth waters just looking at the picture, these are SO GOOD.

easy ham and cheese sliders
easy ham and cheese sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders Recipe

Ingredients

The butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, and Poppy seeds combine to baste and soak into the Hawaiian rolls. This gives them both a new flavor and a crunchy bottom bun crust!

These ham sliders are great as is, but feel free to make it your own with different cheeses, sauces, or dinner rolls! For me, all sliders are great sliders.

How to make Ham and Cheese Sliders?

  1. Start off by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Then you’ll cut your slider buns in half and place the bottom half of the buns in a greased casserole dish. Don’t pull the buns apart, this makes it easier to put the sliders together.
  3. Next, mix the mayo and Dijon mustard together in a small bowl. Then spread the sauce over the cut side of the bottom buns.
  4. Now it’s time to layer. Top the sauce with overlapping layers of sliced ham and then Swiss cheese. I like these sliders to be all nice and gooey, so I put a little extra Swiss cheese.
  5. One the meat and cheese are one, place the tops of the slider buns on (cut side facing the cheese).
  6. After that, make the savory butter sauce. Mix together melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and poppy seeds in a small bowl. Then you’ll pour this delicious mixture all over the top of the rolls. You can use a basting brush to evenly cover the tops, but make sure you let the excess drip between your sliders to the bottom.
  7. Then, cover the casserole dish with foil and bake the sliders for about 10 minutes. Carefully remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted. (20 minutes of cooking time total.)
  8. You can now remove your sliders from the oven. Grab a sharp knife and cut the sliders apart. I usually serve them right in the baking dish, but you can transfer them to a serving patter as well. They’re best served warm, but room temperature is okay too.
easy ham and cheese sliders
easy ham and cheese sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic Butter

Ham and Cheese Sliders with Garlic ButterHam and Cheese Sliders are Hawaiian rolls layered with ham, cheese and brushed with garlic butter. Easy to make for a family dinner or party appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 12 count package Hawaiian Rolls or slider buns
  • 1 pound sliced deli ham or more, depending on thickness and desired amount
  • 6 slices Mozzarella cheese or 1 cup shredded
  • 6 slices Provolone Cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced or grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced parsley
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 11-inch rectangular baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a “slab” of tops and a “slab” of bottoms; don’t pull the rolls apart and slice individually because you want to keep them connected. Hold the top with one hand to keep them steady.
Layer the sliders as follows: Provolone slices, sliced ham, Mozzarella cheese.
Replace the top half of the rolls over the cheese.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, fresh parsley and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour or brush the mixture onto the tops of the rolls.
Cover loosely with nonstick foil (careful not to let it touch the tops of the bread to avoid sticking – use toothpicks if necessary to “lift” the foil).
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 10 minutes or until tops are nice and golden brown.
Cool slightly, then cut the sliders apart with with a sharp knife.
easy ham and cheese sliders
easy ham and cheese sliders

 Ham and Cheese Sliders with brown sugar

This Baked Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe is twofold — the sandwiches and the glaze.

For the sandwiches, you’ll need: King’s Hawaiian Rolls (24 total), sliced Vermont Cheddar cheese (or your preferred cheddar variety), and thinly sliced deli ham.

For the glaze, you’ll need: 1 cup of melted butter, brown sugar (light or dark), poppy seeds, dry mustard powder, and Worcestershire sauce.

  1. Preheat your oven to 365 degrees F.
  2. Then, while the oven is preheating, split the Hawaiian rolls horizontally on two equal parts.
  3. Next, build your sandwiches. Start by placing the bottom half of the rolls into a prepared 10×15 inch pan. Then, layer the sliced ham on the bottom, and the cheese over the ham. Then, top the other part of the sliders with the remaining half of bread. Repeat for all 24 sandwiches.
  4. Then, prepare the sweet and savory glaze by mixing the brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce, butter, and poppy seeds together in a small bowl until combined.
  5. Brush the tops of the rolls with the glaze, and cover the sliders with aluminum foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 5-10 minutes uncovered.
  6. Serve hot, and enjoy!

Tips

  • It’s best to use a 10×15 pan, as directed.  Two packages of King’s Hawaiian rolls fit perfectly in that size pan. I tried to get away with using two differently sized pans on my first attempt. It didn’t work well because there was extra space in each pan, and the sauce ran into the extra pan space, rather than absorbing into the sandwiches. (On my second attempt, I bought the 10 X 15″ Pyrex pan at Bed, Bath and Beyond (using a 20% off coupon, of course) — and it was fairly inexpensive.)
  • I had good luck using both a serrated bread knife and a serrated electric knife to cut the rolls in half horizontally. You don’t want to smush them or deflate them.
  • Slice through the baked sandwiches with kitchen shears or a sharp high-quality knife for clean portions.
easy ham and cheese sliders
easy ham and cheese sliders

Ham and Cheese Sliders on hawaiian rolls

  • Melted Butter – We like using unsalted butter.
  • Dijon Mustard – This is our favorite, but you can use horse radish sauce instead.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – This gives it a little kick to the buttery mixture.
  • Brown Sugar – Combines with the Worcestershire sauce so well and adds a nice sweetness.
  • Poppy Seed – Just the perfect touch to these sliders
  • Dried Minced Onion, or onion powder – We love adding onion to just about anything.
  • King’s Hawaiian Dinner Rolls – The best rolls, but you can use what you have.
  • Ham – If you don’t like ham, try turkey instead or roast beef would work too.
  • Swiss Cheese – Swiss Cheese makes these sliders extra cheesy. But provolone or cheddar are good options too.

Easy to make Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders:

  • First preheat oven to 350.  Then grease a 9×13-inch baking dish by spraying it with a non stick cooking spray.
  • Next combine butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, poppy seeds, and dried onions.
  • Then slice the rolls to make sandwiches. Remove tops and set aside.
  • After this place the bottom pieces into the prepared baking dish.
  • Next layer the thinly sliced ham onto the rolls. Top the bottom part of the rolls with the sliced ham.
  • Then top the ham with the sliced Swiss Cheese.
  • Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches. Brush or pour the butter mixture evenly over the rolls. I like to brush the butter sauce on to make sure it is evenly distributed.
  • Then bake 15 minutes – 20 minutes or until the rolls are lightly browned and cheese has melted.

How Long Do Ham and Cheese Sliders Bake For?

These sliders need about 28 minutes in the oven, but how you bake the sliders is just as important as the time. You’ll start by covering the dish with foil and baking for 20 minutes, which gives the sandwiches time to heat through to the center while preventing the bread from browning too quickly. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the tops of the Hawaiian rolls brown and the cheese melts.

What to Eat With Ham and Cheese Sliders?

These super savory baked sandwiches make an excellent appetizer or main dish. Serve them along with other small bites like chips and dip, nuts, and fresh fruit for an impressive starter course. Make sliders the centerpiece of your meal by pairing them with sides like grilled asparagus, pasta salad, or roasted potatoes.

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