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Ham and Cheese Sliders Cooking View


I’ve never been a ham and cheese kind of girl, let alone ham and Swiss.  (On that note, why is Swiss kind of icky but Gruyere is sooo good?)  Anyway, a ham sandwich is something I pretty much never order or make at home.  To be honest, the only real reason I made these at all was to have a snack-type food to fit the green eggs and ham concept for Andrew’s Dr. Seuss birthday party.  They completely surprised me both with how popular they were at the party, and the fact that I loved them too!  A certain brother of mine may have eaten five.  Apparently a simple buttery mustard poppy seed sauce is all it takes to make a kind of eh sandwich turn into something much better.

And talk about easy – they are so easy Ben made them, twice.  (I don’t mean this negatively towards Ben, but he’s constantly telling me my idea of “easy” in the kitchen is completely different than his.)  Basically all this requires is assembling the sandwich, mixing the sauce, pouring over the top and baking briefly to melt the cheese.  I put them on the dinner menu last week on a night when I had to work late, and it was the perfect quick meal.   Our only change this time around was to simply sprinkle poppy seeds on top rather than add them to the sauce.  As you can see in the picture, they were a little clumped the first time we made them.  I wanted to get a new picture last week but, well, I ate them before I had the chance.  These are definitely an ideal party food because you can assemble them in advance and then just pop them into the oven before serving.  I have a feeling these will be on our menu a lot come football season (COME ON, football season!).

Ham and Cheese Sliders
Yield: 24 sliders

Ingredients

Ingredients:
For the sandwiches:
24 slider rolls (mini Hawaiian rolls are also recommended, but I can’t find them in my area)
24 slices honey ham
24 small slices Swiss cheese
Mayonnaise

For the sauce:
1½ tbsp. yellow mustard
8 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tbsp. finely minced onion (or 2 tsp. dried minced onion)
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Poppy seeds, for sprinkling

Cooking View

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Split the slider rolls and spread the insides lightly with mayonnaise.  Fold a slice of ham to fit on each slider bun, and top with a slice of Swiss cheese.  Replace the top bun to assemble the sandwiches.  Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet.

  • To make the sauce, combine all ingredients except the poppy seeds in a small bowl and whisk to combine.  Drizzle the sauce over the tops of the slider buns.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds.  Cover with foil and bake 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted.  Remove the foil and bake 2 minutes longer.  Serve warm.

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  • http://www.moveablefeastscookbook.blogspot.com Barbara

    This was really fun to read! My mother used to make these same sandwiches (regular size though); ham and cheese in a burger bun. Then she’d mix poppy seeds, mustard and butter and spread it on, package them in tin foil and throw them in the oven. They came out all melted and delicious. The thing was, you could also freeze them and then pull them out and put them in the oven as you need them. My kids called them Grandma’s Sandwiches.

  • http://jenncuisine.com Jenn

    Those sliders look awesome! Love the idea of a sauce on top of the buns! Though the US version of “Swiss” cheese is most similar to emmental, not gruyère. Gruyère is a totally different type of cheese (no holes, much more bite). I’ve been to where gruyère cheese is made, it’s quite a sight to see all those HUGE wheels of cheese in one place! If you get real emmental rather than US made Swiss, you may like it better, it has a richer flavor (I think it may be aged longer, but not totally sure).

  • http://lovedbylisa.tumblr.com Lisa

    Your posts lately have been making me so jealous–as a former Boulder area resident, I was so homesick reading about your time at Food and Light! (And the Med!!) Plus, the ham sliders have been calling my name since the birthday party post. It looks like it is my level of preparation difficulty in terms of a snack. So excited to try to make them!
    (PS I was slightly obsessed with the Dr. Seuss birthday party and blogged about it on my blog the other day–would you let me know if it’s ok to reblog your post like this? http://lovedbylisa.tumblr.com/post/747557856/the-cutest-lil-birthday-in-all-the-land)

  • http://apinchofthisandadashofthat.blogspot.com CaSaundra

    Someone made these for a church potluck awhile back and people went CRAZY over them.

  • http://www.peanutblossom.com Tiffany

    They look delicious and very similar to a sandwich my mom makes for parties. However, I’m skeptical about putting the sauce over the TOP of the sandwiches, aren’t they messy to eat?? Or does the sauce soak into the roll? Could you put the sauce on the inside instead? I just imagine party guests with mustardy fingers. . .

  • http://cookanddishwasher.blogspot.com newlywed

    mmm, these look great! sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.

  • http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com/ kristan roland

    Love these!! I made these just a few days ago for dinner…I love the fact that you can make them ahead and just pop in the oven when you’re ready. Perfect for parties or potluck!

  • Annie

    Sure, they’re a little messy – that’s what napkins are for.

  • Kate

    What kind of ham did you use – did you use deli ham or buy a ham and cut slices off? These look great and perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

  • Annie

    Deli ham.

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    You’ll never have to twist my arm to get me to eat ham and cheese. Pass the tray please!

  • http://sewmanybooks.blogspot.com Gwenevere

    What? you didn’t make the slider rolls from scratch?! You just may be human (v. super cyborg robot) afterall…I’m still not totally convinced, but this evidence really supports the “she IS human” argument. (and I mean this is the most, I love you and am completely jealous of all you do kind of way)

  • http://www.takeamegabite.com take a megabite

    I too, am not a ham and cheese type of girl, but I remember eating something like this growing up, and I remember loving them! I am definitely going to making these.

  • http://www.themaidenmetallurgist.com The Maiden Metallurgist

    Yum! The first thing I noticed in the picture was the poppy seed mixture- I’m not surprised it stole the show.

  • Kate

    These sandwiches are delicious-always a favorite for parties. However–I make them the night before and let the sauce soak in over night in the fridge then bake for about 12-15 minutes right before the party starts! Hardly ever any left!

  • Annie

    Gwenevere,
    Okay, you must have read my mind. The second time I made these I was thinking, I should make homemade slider buns! Then I could even make the Hawaiian roll kind. So, yeah – if you see it in the future, don’t be surprised ;)

  • http://www.apotofteaandabiscuit.blogspot.com Sylvie

    I’ve always liked ham and cheese, so these are right down my alley.

  • http://comfortofcooking.blogspot.com Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This looks like a delicious – and dangerous – bunch of sandwiches! Great recipe, Annie. Sounds like everyone really enjoyed them.

  • http://www.bunsinmyoven.com Karly

    I make these once a month or so and we always gobble them all down. They are so easy and so tasty!

  • Alison

    As always, these look fabulous! I was just wondering if you think deli turkey or chicken would be an acceptable alternative to ham? I don’t eat ham but would love to try these with turkey or chicken! Thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie

    These look awesome. Easy & delicious. SOLD!

  • Lori

    LOVE these, my Mom has been making these for as long as I can remember & now they are on my list of party food too!

  • Annie

    Of course you can sub whatever you want.

  • http://prettygeek.com Shannon

    Those look so good. I’m already thinking how I can use this with stuff I already have. I made some Challah bread the other day and stashed it’s sliced form in the freezer. I wonder how that would do instead of rolls?

    If I were to substitute chicken or turkey, I’d use different cheeses. Like provolone with turkey.

  • http://justmydelicious.blogspot.com/ Paula

    that`s absolutely awesome!

  • http://www.thesweetslife.com Natalie (The Sweets Life)

    My mom’s been making these for years except we wrap them individually in foil and throw them in the oven straight on the rack!

  • http://www.aggieskitchen.com Aggie

    Yuuuuuuuum!!!!

  • http://www.dixiecaviar.com Dixie Caviar

    These sandwiches are a Southern staple!! And they can always be found at an SEC tailgate… Man, I can’t wait for fall.

  • Megan

    AKA “Oven Ham Sammies”! Delicious!!

  • Jennie

    Yummy! I love all your recipes!

  • Laura

    Love Ham and Cheese

  • http://www.asweetpeachef.com Sweet Pea Chef

    These look really tasty. We are ham and cheese people, so this is right up our alley. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.hamrecipe.net/ ham recipe

    This is my kids’ favorite, and mine, too! I love the texture of melted cheese on ham. My eldest would even request for this for his packed lunch which of course I’m more than delighted to do so. My twins and my youngest even help around the kitchen to assemble this sandwich, lol! They feel pretty proud to be the one preparing lunch for their sister, :)

  • Larissa

    I LOVE ham and cheese sandwiches, but I’m not a big fan of poppy seeds. Do you think it would still be good if I left them out? We are getting ready to do a belated med-school graduation party for my husband and I think these would go over well. (by the way: we moved from Indianapolis when my husband started school, and can’t wait until we can move back. I love it there!!!)

  • Annie

    Sure, just skip the poppy seeds. They’ll still be awesome.

  • http://foodtorunfor.blogspot.com Lizzy

    I LOVE Gruyere but don’t love Swiss… but those sandwiches do look AWESOME!

  • Avalentine

    Annie,

    I love the Dr. Suess themed birthday party — so I’m stealing it for my son’s second in Sept. Including these sliders and the green deviled eggs.

    Related, did you get the invitations printed somewhere or did you make yourself? If so, do you have a template?

    You gave a lot of great details in the birthday post, but any other specifics about retailers would be appreciated. And I can’t wait for the cupcake tower post!

  • Annie

    Avalentine,
    I just made the invites myself. No template, as I just made a Word document for the white section, cut it out and layered it with the red polka dot and blue papers. I included all the retailers I used in the post, other than Joann’s for just basic craft supplies.

  • Kari

    Kroger has the Hawaiian slider rolls in the bakery section–King’s Hawaiian, the same company that makes the round bread for spinach dip, etc. Pampered chef has a similar recipe.

  • http://www.cookiesleuth.com Cookie Sleuth

    How tasty! I can find the Hawaiian rolls, but I cannot find slider buns like those. Thanks for the alternative!

  • http://ellysaysopa.com elly

    I just had to say that I am with you on really not liking swiss cheese but loving gruyere. So funny. These look great.

  • Staci Carroll

    I just tried these with my family and unlike many on this site, I had never had them before. They were a hit. My six year old came to the table and said, “hmm, this meal looks good.” I almost fell over dead because he hates everything before he even tries it. How can something so simple be so good?

  • http://becoming-cathy.blogspot.com Cathy

    I made these for a small group leader meeting. I had made 72 and only 6 were left at the end. They are wonderful! Where do you shop? I am familiar with Indy, but I end up finding the Hawaiian bread rolls in the bakery at Kroger. They are wonderful with the ham and cheese! Thanks for challenging me in my cooking!

  • Annie

    Lisa,
    Yes, that’s fine. Glad you liked the party ideas!

  • http://kellyskreativekitchen.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I saw that you couldn’t find mini Hawaiin rolls in your area. I am not sure what side of town you live on but I found some at the Meijer in Noblesville so look at Meijer!! I think they were on a kiosk-thing underneath some of their deli chickens … right at the front when you walk in. =) I’m making these sliders tonight and CANNOT WAIT!!

  • Annie

    I’m realizing now that our Meijer must have them. The key was, my husband said they didn’t have them. He must have not looked very hard, or looked in the wrong place.

  • Heidi

    I made these for lunch yesterday… my whole family loved them. While they were eating and commenting on them, I just smiled and said, “Annie’s Eats!” (no more explanation needed… ) My husband said, “Annie makes life nice!” Thanks for sharing all of your delicious recipes and tips!!

  • http://tryityoumightlikeit.wordpress.com tryityoumightlikeit

    I’m not a ham person either but these look fantastic.

  • Heather

    I made this last night (well not 24 of them!) and they were nummy. And I don’t really like ham either. I used provolone cheese because I don’t like Swiss and it was good.

    If they freeze well I think I’m going to make a bunch ahead of time and freeze them. Perfect for a rushed dinner or a snack. I rarely have ham (or cheese) for that matter around!

  • Laura F.

    Annie – we finally had these this weekend! Kathy made them and Jason gobbled them up and then requested last night and then again for lunch today! You have to try them with the Hawaiian rolls – those have that slightly sweet taste that is SO good with these!

  • http://alwaysrainingblessings.blogspot.com Rachel

    I’m not a big ham and cheese fan, but these are delicious! I made them today for a labor day picnic and they were great. So simple too. I have a 5 year old, an almost 3 year old, a 1 month old and a husband out of town and I was still able to make these quickly. I love that they are simple, but look fabulous!

  • Margaret

    Hi Annie,

    I’m making the sliders and green eggs for a birthday party. What color is the food coloring that you use. (Blue or green?) Thanks.

    Love your blog…do you ever sleep?

    m.

  • Annie

    Green :)

  • Val Reimer

    Yum! These were soooo good! I am a farmers wife so I often bring our sandwiches to the guys on the field. I will definitely be bringing these out to them! Thanks for sharing this another wonderful recipe!

  • Kristina

    I am making these for dinner tonight but I made the hawaiian rolls from scratch and bought a ham and sliced it up. We have not yet eaten, but my husband is standing at the oven waiting for them to be done. He just commented that he feels like the dog, watching my every move in the kitchen!

  • Wendy C

    Just made these–yummy! I saw the Hawaiian rolls at my grocery store, but I chose mini kaiser rolls (they were a softer style than real kaisers), and were perfect! We used half slices of Havarti and Dijon instead of yellow mustard. Great!

  • Ann

    My niece sprained her ankle badly and was disappointed to miss a school event with her girlfriends. We invited a few of them over to spend a Saturday afternoon with her catching up and watching movies and I made these for them. 4 girls ate every last sandwich on that platter and asked for more! We’ll be making these again very soon! Thanks so much for so many wonderful recipes.

  • http://adaywithtwins.blogspot.com/ Lee Anne

    Yummy! You always have the best food ideas! Just wanted to say that when we lived in Indy area I could find the Hawaiian rolls at Wal-Mart in the deli section. Strange they were over there but I was so thankful to have stumbled upon them! Thanks for sharing all your fantastic talents with us!!!!!

  • http://www.sohowsittaste.com Leah (So, How’s It Taste?)

    I made these sliders this past weekend for a party. They were a huge hit and oh so delicious. Thanks so much for the post!

  • http://www.examiner.com/couples-cooking-in-sacramento/susan- Susan

    Making these for Girl’s Poker Night this weekend. I spread the insides of the rolls with Philadelphia Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread (8 oz tub for 12 sandwiches) instead of mayonnaise. And if you don’t like poppy seeds, sesame seeds work well, too. My topping is slightly different:
    1/2 cup butter, melted
    1 Tbsp Worchestrshire sauce
    1/2 Tbsp dried minced onion
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • http://barefeetinthekitchen.blogspot.com/ Barefeet In The Kitchen

    Stumbled onto your blog today and I am loving it! I am happily following you now. Thanks for all the great ideas. :)

  • http://www.leangreenmomma.blogspot.com alyssa

    My aunt made these at Christmas minus the sauce on top, but with just butter, and there were no leftovers. I’m not a ham and swiss girl, either, but these were so yummy that I made them 2 days later at my husband’s family’s Christmas gathering. I couldn’t stop thinking about them! Now I have to try the sauce!

  • http://www.leangreenmomma.blogspot.com alyssa

    Forgot to add that if you use the Hawaiian rolls, it’s easiest just to cut through the entire “loaf” of rolls since they’re all stuck together rather than cut them each individually. Then you just stick the top part back and and you can cut them apart after that really easily. My aunt also made some with roast beef, but I didn’t try them to see what type of cheese she used.

  • http://alihenrie.blogspot.com Ali

    yum, these look good and are perfect for little ones.

  • Caitlin

    These are my staple for all luncheons and potlucks! everyone just loves them and always asks for the recipe! My only variations are that I’ve always used Colby jack (not a big fan of Swiss either, but my mom always used Colby jack so it never occurred to me to try anything else), and then instead of spreading mayo on the inside and drizzling the sauce on top- I just line all the “bottoms” in my baking dish and drizzle drizzle sauce over them before assembling the sandwiches. The poppy seeds still add color and flavor peeking around the edges of the sandwiches-and sound wayyy less messy to me with the butter safely tucked inside. but great share! these are the best!

  • Laura D

    So glad you posted the recipe! My friend’s mom used to make these growing up, calling them Michigan Sandwiches (why? not quite sure…) Can’t wait to surprise my fiance with these this weekend! :o)

  • Tensie

    Yes they are delicious with cajun turkey and pepper jack cheese… but I refrigerate mine for an hour before putting them in the oven!

  • Nancy

    Can you make these with just regular egg rolls instead of the Hawaiian Rolls?

  • Annie

    Please see the FAQ page.

  • Becca

    I made them in a brownie pan with them packed in tightly. I drizzed the sauce and sprinkled the poppy seeds. I lowered the temp to 300 and baked uncovered for a while… I actually forgot about them so?? Not sure how long, but before they burned, I took them out. They were crispy rather than doughy and I loved the change. When I made them on a cookie sheet, the drizzle went everywhere, more on the sheet than on the sandwiches.

  • Becca

    Oh, and I also used Provolone instead of swiss since I don’t care for swiss… and poured some of the sauce on top of the ham and cheese before closing them up and covering them with the rest.

  • S. L. Jones

    My family LOVED this!!!! I tried the recipe out on everyone for our huge family gathering and they were devoured!!!! Thanks for sharing such a great and simple recipe!!! :)

  • Guest

    LOVE Love love these!!!!! Thanks!

  • Shelliehenrie

    These are so yummy! My entire family gobbled them up!

  • Shelliehenrie

    These are so yummy! My entire family gobbled them up!

  • Laura F.

    I was so excited to see these ham and cheese sandwiches. We had them a lot when we were kids.
    I make them occasionally still, but they go way back to the ’60s in our family. Although we used softened butter, not melted. and we put the mustard mix in the sandwich as well as on top. I always thought it was my mom’s recipe. Are you from Ohio?

  • Elizabeth

    This is soooo delicious! I used leftover garlic knots (from this website) for the bread and used Dijon instead of regular mustard. Awesome recipe…can’t wait to make again!

  • Katie

    I use sister schubert rolls…and OMG so good…also I do half miracle whip half regular mayo…I HATE miracle whip, but honestly you can’t tell and it adds something…

  • Amy Agimudie

    LOVE THESE SANDWICHES!! We made them for my daughter’s first birthday and they were a HUGE hit!! http://amyagimudie.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/gabriellas-1st-birthday-party/

  • Kari

    I made these for my daughter’s bday party and they turned out great! I used regular Hawaiian rolls and colby jack cheese. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://www.facebook.com/patty.mejiaburke Patty Mejia Burke

    I fixed these tonight, and my guys loved them!
    Patty

  • Lea Ann

    Hi Annie, I’ve had these sandwiches and they’re incredible. Saw these on Pinterest and repinning to my “sliders” board.