These Ham and Cheese Sliders are covered in a buttery mustard and poppy seed mixture and baked to golden-brown perfection. They’re perfect for dinner or as an appetizer for parties.
This recipe costs $12.87 to make. It makes twelve sliders for a total of $1.07 per slider.
I love making sliders as a fun appetizer for any get-together or party. My favorite sliders to make are Chicken and Waffle Sliders, Greek Inspired Cucumber Sliders, and these Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders.
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Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders
These Ham and Cheese sliders make the perfect party food or a quick and easy weeknight dinner. The mini sandwiches are layered with ham and Swiss cheese in between Hawaiian sweet rolls and topped with a buttery topping that is incredibly hard to resist.
Hawaiian sweet rolls are my favorite because the sweetness of the rolls pairs well with the sweetness of the ham and the savory butter topping. As the rolls bake, they become a bit crispy from the butter topping but stay soft and tender on the inside.
This recipe for Ham and Cheese Sliders is simple to follow, easy to make, and delicious to eat. It is a crowd-pleaser whether served for a big game day gathering, tailgating, a holiday party, baby shower, or weeknight dinner.
INGREDIENTS AND ESTIMATED COST
Per Serving Cost: $1.07
Recipe Cost: $12.87
- 1 package of 12-count Hawaiian sweet rolls – $3.58
- 24 slices deli ham – $4.87
- 12 slices swiss cheese – $3.59
- 5 Tablespoons butter – $0.50
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard – $0.04
- 2 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds – $0.24
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce – $0.04
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder – $0.01
NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.
HOW TO MAKE HAM AND CHEESE SLIDERS
- First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and then line a baking tray with tin foil sprayed with cooking spray.
- Next, using a large knife, slice the whole slab of rolls in half so that there are two even slabs.
- Then, place the bottom slab of rolls on the baking sheet followed by twelve ham slices. Layer twelve cheese slices on top of the ham.
- Place the last twelve ham slices on top of the cheese followed by the other half of the Hawaiian rolls.
- Melt the butter in the microwave in thirty-second intervals until it is completely melted.
- Add the dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder to the butter and whisk until combined.
- Pour the butter mixture on top of the rolls and brush the tops of the rolls with the mixture.
- Allow the rolls to sit for five minutes before covering them with foil and baking for eighteen minutes.
- After eighteen minutes, remove the foil from the sliders and bake for another five to six minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
- Finally, after baking, cut the sliders and serve warm.
***See the recipe card below for complete instructions.
- Instead of swiss cheese you can use sliced havarti, chedar cheese, sliced mozzarella, or even pepper Jack cheese.
- If you don’t like ham, then you can use sliced turkey or any other deli meat.
SERVING AND STORAGE TIPS
SERVE: These sliders are best when served warm and should not sit out for longer than two hours.
STORE: Once the ham and cheese sliders have cooled, place leftovers in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
FREEZE: You can freeze these both before and after baking them. I like making a double batch of these sliders to freeze a second batch for later. Cover the pan in two layers of plastic wrap and two layers of foil to freeze. If you freeze the sliders before baking, bake them as per the recipe instructions once they have thawed.
THAW: Thaw the sliders overnight in the refrigerator.
REHEAT: Remove the plastic wrap, and cover the sliders with foil. Place the sliders in a 350 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes or until heated through.
MAKE AHEAD: You can assemble the sliders, cover them and place them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking them.
- Baking Sheet
- Microwave-safe bowl
- Bread knife
- Measuring spoons
- Pastry brush
A soggy slider is the worst! Using the correct roll type, such as a Hawaiian Sweet Roll, makes a big difference. Also, toasting the rolls in the oven will help the rolls become slightly crispy instead of soggy.
Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are a great item to serve because they can go with a variety of sides. A few of my recommendations include these Slow Cooker Boston Baked Beans, Italian Pasta Salad, Creamy Cucumber Salad, and Baked Mac and Cheese.
My favorite cheese to use for these sliders is swiss cheese. However, you can substitute any other cheese with a salty taste to complement the sweet ham, like American or Blue Cheese. Please note it will slightly alter the taste of the overall slider when you use a cheese other than Swiss.
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Ham and Cheese Sliders
- baking sheet
- Microwave safe-bowl
- Bread knife
- Measuring spoons
- pastry brush
- 1 package of 12-count Hawaiian sweet rolls
- 24 slices deli ham about 24 ozs
- 12 slices swiss cheese about 12 ozs
FOR BUTTER TOPPING:
- 5 Tablespoons butter melted
- 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 ½ teaspoons poppy seeds
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
PREP OVEN AND PAN:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking tray with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray. Set aside.
- With a large kitchen knife, slice the entire slab of Hawaiian rolls so that there are two even slabs.
- Place the bottom slab of the rolls on the baking sheet.
- Place 12 slices of the ham on the rolls. Then layer on the 12 slices of swiss cheese.
- Add the last 12 slices of ham on top of the cheese and top it with the other half of the Hawaiian rolls slab.
- Heat the butter in a microwave-safe container in 30-second intervals until it is completely melted.
ADD BUTTER TOPPING:
- Add the dijon mustard, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder to the butter.
- Whisk together until well incorporated.
- Pour the butter mixture on top of the Hawaiian sweet rolls. You can also use a rubber food brush to brush the tops of the rolls with the butter mixture.
- Let the rolls sit for 5 minutes.
- Cover the rolls with additional aluminum foil.
- Bake the sliders for 18 minutes.
- After 18 minutes, remove the sliders from the oven and remove the top layer of aluminum foil covering the rolls.
- Place the sliders back in the oven for an additional 5-6 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
- Remove the tray from the oven. Cut the sliders and serve warm.