- 12 Hawaiian dinner rolls
- 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
- 12 slices deli ham , or leftover ham
- 6 slices swiss cheese , cut in half
- 4-6 Tablespoons butter , melted
- 1/2 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon onion powder , or minced onions
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
Make Ahead + Freezing
- Making in advance: Assemble them with the mayo, ham and slices of cheese. Cover with foil and place in the fridge. Make the dressing ahead of time too, however hold off on adding it. The next day, pour dressing over the sliders and let soak for 10 minutes. After soaking, bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden.
- Freezing: After baking, let cool and wrap them individually foil. Freeze in an airtight zip top bag or container. Allow time to thaw before reheating.
Poppy Seed Ham and Cheese Sliders
- ¾ pound Eckrich Ham Off the Bone deli meat sliced
- 12 sweet slider buns
- 24 slices swiss, provolone or pepper jack cheese your choice
For the glaze
- ½ cup butter
- 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
- 2 tsp. worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. black pepper
Lightly coat a 9×13 inch dish with cooking spray.
Cut the slider buns in half like a sandwich (all together, do not break into individual sliders yet).
Place the bottom layer into the prepared dish.
Add half of the cheese on top.
Follow with a layer of ham, then the remaining cheese.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
Whisk in brown sugar, dijon, poppy seeds, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire, salt & pepper.
Brush this mixture over the tops of the rolls.
Pour any remaining mixture to coat thoroughly.
Cover with aluminum foil.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Remove the foil & continue baking for an additional 10 minutes.
Remove & serve immediately.
Would you be able to transport these in a crock pot to keep warm?
I don’t advise using a slow cooker to transport because it will slowly continue to cook the bread, resulting in the bottoms of the sliders being tough to chew. I highly recommend using something like this Wonderbag that can keep the food hot for up to 12 hours.
Can these be made with another type of roll?
We like to use Hawaiian rolls because of their texture, density, and flavor. The sweetness really compliments the ham. While you can use another type of dinner roll, you will need something that won’t fall apart when you add the butter over the top and will still be sturdy enough to pull apart after baking too.
HAM & SWISS POPPY SEED SLIDERS
24 Kings Hawaiian rolls
12 Sandwich-sized slices of Swiss or baby Swiss cheese
14 oz of sliced lunch meat ham—choose a thin ham so that these sliders can be easily bit into. Land O’Frost honey ham is what I use.
1/2 C butter
1 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 Tablespoon fresh minced onion or 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
1 1/2 Tablespoon poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F.
- Cut the King’s Hawaiian rolls in half. Layer both pans (9×13 and 8×8 baking dishes) with the bottom of the rolls 3 rolls across, set the tops to the side.
- Layer the rolls with ham then Swiss, repeat ham and Swiss once again. I fold the ham to fit the roll. I tear the sandwich sized cheese in fourths and put one fourth on each roll. Alternate ham and cheese twice.
- Put the rolls tops back on.
- Melt the butter a microwavable bowl. Stir in onion, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and Dijon mustard. Using a teaspoon and scraping the spoon from the bottom of the bowl (to get all of the ingredients that sink), spoon the butter mixture evenly on the rolls. As you spoon it onto the roll, quickly spread it around.
- Spoon one teaspoon of butter on each roll and then if there is extra butter mixture continue evenly divvying it out until it is gone. Typically, they get 1 1/2 teaspoons each. Coat each roll evenly.
- Make a tin foil tent (punch the middle of the tin foil so it does not rest on the tops of the rolls). Place on the center rack in the oven.
- Bake on 350 F for 35 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the tops are lightly browned. Serve warm.
These rolls freeze wonderfully. If you freeze them before baking, give them some time to defrost add extra baking time.
- 3 dozen soft dinner rolls
- 2 pounds deli meat- ham or turkey or have the deli slice up the exact amount of slices you need*
- 1 pound sliced deli cheese or approx 18 slices, cut in half
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tablespooon minced dehydrated onion optional
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Slice rolls and put small amount of turkey or ham with one slice of cheese on each roll. Place sandwiches in 2- 9×13 baking dishes or one large jelly roll pan. I like to place a sheet of parchment on bottom for way easy clean up.
Heat ingredients for topping in a saucepan until butter is melted. Brush or spoon topping onto sandwiches right before cooking.
Cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese melts.
- These sandwiches may be assembled in advance. A day before is fine, but don’t brush with drizzle until right before cooking. Store in fridge covered tightly with foil.
- *Deli meat- Slice the meat in half with a sharp knife (I cut the meat all at once). If you have 36 rolls, order 18 slices of deli meat, then cut in half.
- I use a combo of ham/swiss, ham/cheddar, turkey/havarti. turkey/gouda.
- I have also used Costco large croissants and cut them in half after stuffing with meat and cheese. Here are the proportions using large Costco croissants:
3 doz large croissants
4 lbs ham or turkey
2 lbs sliced cheese
Served approx 75
More notes :
- When using Walmart brand rolls- The rolls are found in the deli. When making sliders for a large (100+) crowd Walmart rolls work well. They come 16 to a package, are inexpensive and stack well without smashing.
- I have also used a roll that looks similar to a Granny Sycamore cluster roll from Costco. They usually only sell these in the fall and winter months. This roll is much thicker than the Walmart brand roll, and I add more meat to the sandwich when using the Granny roll, so the meat is not lost in the roll!
- Cooking for 100: plan on about 1 1/2 rolls per person if you are serving other buffet items such as salads, appetizers, sweets. 10 packages of “The Bakery” rolls from Walmart, (Potato or Sweet Hawaiian) 16 per pkg =160 rolls
- Deli meat sliced, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160 slices. Cheese slices, approx 80 slices, cut in half to yield 160.
- For the poppyseed sauce, use the following for 100:
- 1 1/4 lb butter, melted (5 sticks)
8 tablespoons poppy seeds
6 tablespoons mustard
3-4 tablespoons dehydrated onion (optional)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire
Follow directions above for baking.
WHAT IS THE BEST CHEESE TO USE FOR PARTY HAM BISCUITS?
Swiss cheese. Hands down. As far as I’m concerned, accept no substitutes.
If you really don’t like Swiss cheese, though, you could sub in a mild to medium cheddar or perhaps a Havarti cheese.
(But seriously. Stick with Swiss cheese.)
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