Ham and Cheese Sliders are a scrumptious, make ahead friendly, quick and easy weeknight dinner or favorite party food, all baked together for ooey gooey, savory, sweet splendor!
These Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls are one of my favorite crowd pleasers of all time! Nobody can resist the combination of salty ham, gooey, melted cheese, tangy honey mustard and buttery glaze all wrapped up in tender, sweet Hawaiian rolls. They’re the ideal easy dinner for busy weeknights or a hassle-free crowd pleaser for game day, movie night, book club, picnics, potlucks, etc. Best of all, this recipe only takes minutes to prep, is make ahead friendly, freezer friendly and you can customize the sliders to suit your preferences. Serve these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with a side Caesar salad and tomato basil soup, for the perfect meal or potato salad and Italian pasta salad for casual entertaining!
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Ingredients for hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders
The recipe ingredients can be divided into three sections: 1) the sandwich filling, 2) the honey mustard spread and 3) the poppy seed butter. Here’s what you’ll need to make these fabulous Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders (full recipe measurements in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):
For the sandwiches:
For the honey mustard spread
For the poppy seed butter:
HOW TO MAKE ham and cheese sliders
Making this Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders recipe is SO incredibly easy but tastes like a million bucks! Here’s how the recipe is prepared (see full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post):
possible recipe variations
These Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders are extremely versatile! Swap the ham for turkey, add toppings, use different cheese, etc. Here are a few ideas:
WHAT to serve with Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders
Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sliders can be enjoyed as an appetizer alongside other finger foods, or you can pair them with a salad and fruit to enjoy as an entrée. Here are some side dish serving suggestions for serving as a main dish:
I highly recommend using sweet Hawaiian rolls if at all possible, although you can get by with other rolls. Hawaiian rolls are slightly smaller than most other rolls, delivering the perfect proportions. They come in a package baked together, which makes the rolls easy to slice into two slabs – the top and bottom. This makes assembly a breeze because you don’t have to layer individual rolls!
Additionally, Hawaiian rolls are soft, buttery, and slightly sweet AKA independently scrumptious! The bottoms get slightly crispy from baking in residual butter, while the insides remain tender, but not soggy. The sweetness of the rolls beautifully compliments the tangy honey mustard sauce and the salty ham. The combination of textures and flavors is what makes these sliders so good!
If you don’t like poppy seeds, you can certainly leave them out, however, I highly recommend them. They add a lovely subtle crunch and sweetness.
Yes, however, Swiss Gruyere is the best pairing with ham, in my opinion. A different cheese will change the flavor profile of the entire recipe. If you use a different cheese, use a good melting cheese like Colby Jack, Havarti, or Provolone.
These Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders bake for about 20 minutes in the oven covered with foil. Depending on the thickness of your cheese slices, you may need to bake a little longer, until all the cheese is completely melted to ooey gooey splendor. After the cheese has melted, you can remove the foil and allow the sliders to bake a few more minutes to achieve those beautifully toasted golden-brown tops.
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- 1 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls
- 1 pound thinly sliced Black Forest deli ham
- 12 ounces thinly sliced Gruyere Swiss cheese
Honey Mustard Spread
- Prepare pan: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking dish (or whatever comfortably fits your rolls) with parchment paper or foil for easy cleanup.
- Slice rolls: Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half through the equator, separating the bottoms from the tops – DON'T separate the individual rolls. Place the bottom “slab” in the prepared baking dish.
- Toast rolls: Bake the bottoms at 400 degrees F for 5 minutes or until toasted lightly golden. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F.
- Assemble: Spread half of the Honey Mustard Spread over the bottom slab of the toasted rolls. Evenly layer the ham, followed by the cheese. Spread the remaining Honey Mustard Spread over the cut side of the top of the rolls. Place the top slab onto the sandwiches.
- Add butter: Slowly and evenly pour the Poppy Seed Butter over the rolls, using a brush or spatula to spread the mixture as needed. Some will pool at the bottom of the pan which is okay.
- Rest: Cover the rolls with aluminum foil and rest for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Bake: Bake, covered, at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted. Uncover and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes, or until as golden as desired (watch closely so they don’t burn).
- Eat! Slice into individual sliders and serve immediately.
Prep AheadToast both the top and bottom slabs of rolls. Fully layer the sliders but don’t add the poppy seed butter (refrigerate butter separate). Tightly cover with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to enjoy, let the sliders sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, microwave the refrigerated poppy seed butter. Pour the butter over top and bake per recipe instructions, adding an additional 5-10 minutes to the bake time as needed for hot and melty cheese.
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