These popular little ham sandwiches are delicious and a guaranteed party hit. Ham rolls are essential party fare in Mississippi and across the Southern states, and once you taste them, you'll see why. These little slider-style sandwiches are perfect for a game day snack, a kids party, or a sandwich lunch or supper for a crowd. They can be easily assembled in advance, stashed in the refrigerator, and then popped into the oven just before serving. Then, in a mere 15 minutes, you will have delicious, pull-apart mini-sandwiches oozing with melty cheese.
Use Hawaiian rolls or other small pull-apart (unseparated) rolls or slider buns to make party ham rolls. Depending on the brand of packaged rolls, the number and size of the rolls may vary.
Yellow mustard is commonly used when making ham rolls (it's pictured here in the sandwiches), but Dijon-style or honey mustard are excellent substitutes. Thinly sliced American Swiss cheese is the classic cheese choice, but feel free to use cheddar cheese. See more suggestions for substitutions and additional ideas in the tips and variations below the recipe.
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- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds, plus extra for garnish
- Optional: 2 tablespoons minced yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 24 pull-apart dinner rolls, about 1 pound, such as King's Hawaiian Rolls (see tip)
- 12 to 16 ounces deli ham, very thinly sliced or shaved
- 12 slices (or 1 1/2 cups shredded) American Swiss cheese or cheddar cheese
Gather the ingredients.
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Set aside 1/4 cup of the melted butter for brushing the rolls.
Add the mustard, poppy seeds, onion (if using), and Worcestershire sauce to the remaining butter in the saucepan. If using onions, cook over low heat until the onions are translucent and tender.
Without separating the pull-apart rolls, halve the block of rolls horizontally. Spread both cut-sides evenly with the butter mixture.
Arrange the ham evenly over the bottom half of the rolls and then evenly lay or sprinkle the cheese over the ham. Cover the sandwiches with the top half of the rolls.
Brush the top of the bread rolls with the reserved melted butter and sprinkle with additional poppy seeds.
Lightly spray a piece of foil, large enough to wrap the rolls, with nonstick cooking spray. Tightly wrap the rolls in the foil and refrigerate until 30 minutes before serving time.
Heat the oven to 375 F.
Place the foil-wrapped rolls on a baking sheet.
Transfer to the oven and bake until the rolls are thoroughly heated and the cheese has melted, about 15 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!
- If you can't find King's Hawaiian Rolls or similar small pull-apart dinner rolls, use slider buns and divide the ingredients evenly among the buns.
- Note that this recipe calls for 24 rolls, which would be 2 (12-roll) packages of King's Hawaiian Rolls. Other packaged rolls may vary in quantity and size and may affect the number of servings.
- Replace the Swiss or cheddar cheese with Muenster, Havarti, or mozzarella cheese.
- Instead of minced onion, blend 1 1/2 teaspoons of onion powder into the mustard mixture.
- Replace the yellow mustard with a gourmet mustard blend.
- Substitute thinly sliced turkey ham or smoked turkey for the deli ham.