Ham and Cheese Sliders

Ham and cheese sliders are a delightful and easy-to-make dish originating from the beloved sandwiches of Hawaiian cuisine. These sliders combine sweet rolls, savory ham, and melted Swiss cheese to create a perfect harmony of flavors.

Popular in both casual family gatherings and festive parties, ham and cheese sliders have become a go-to comfort food. Their simplicity and rich taste make them appealing to all ages, ensuring that they are a hit at every occasion. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile and can be customized to suit any palate!

Ingredients Explained

Understanding the role of each ingredient can make cooking more enjoyable and ensure your sliders turn out perfect every time.

  • Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (12 count package): These rolls are soft, fluffy, and slightly sweet, making them the perfect base for your sliders.
  • Unsalted Butter (½ cup divided): Butter adds richness to the sliders. Dividing it ensures both the rolls and the topping are well-coated.
  • Deli Ham (1 pound thinly sliced): Thin slices of premium-quality ham provide each slider with savoury, tender bites.
  • Swiss Cheese (8 ounces slices): Swiss cheese melts beautifully, offering a creamy texture and rich flavour that pairs perfectly with the ham.
  • Dried Onion Flakes (¾ teaspoon): These add a subtle onion flavour without overpowering the other ingredients.
  • Dried Garlic Flakes (¾ teaspoon): Garlic flakes bring a delightful hint of garlicky goodness to the sliders.
  • Coarse Sea Salt (½ teaspoon): A small amount enhances the overall flavour of the sliders.
  • Dijon Mustard (2 teaspoons): Adds a slight tanginess that cuts through the richness of the ham and cheese.

Optional Ingredient Variations for Ham and Cheese Sliders

  • Poppy Seeds (optional): Sprinkle on top for a slight crunch and a touch of nuttiness.
  • Sesame Seeds (optional): Adds a toasty flavour and a bit of texture.
  • Worcestershire Sauce (optional): Infuses the butter mixture with an umami flavour for a more complex taste.
  • Honey (optional): Mix with butter for an extra layer of sweetness that complements the rolls.

By carefully selecting each ingredient and considering these optional additions, you can tailor your ham and cheese sliders to your taste, making each bite a delightful experience.

ham and cheese sliders on a wooden cutting board

Preparation

Step-by-Step Guide

Prepare the Rolls: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Use a sharp knife to cut the sweet rolls in half. You can keep the rolls stuck together or separate them as you like.

Arrange the Rolls: Place the bottom halves of the rolls in a 9×13-inch baking dish. Lightly spray the dish with non-stick cooking spray to prevent sticking. Set aside.

Create Honey Butter: In a small bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Stir in 3 teaspoons of honey until well combined. Brush this honey butter mixture generously over the rolls in the baking pan.

    Layer the Ham and Cheese: Top the rolls with half of the thinly sliced deli ham. Lay the Swiss cheese slices evenly over the ham layer. Then, add the remaining half of the deli ham on top of the cheese.

    Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Top with Roll Lids: Place the top halves of the rolls over the ham and cheese layers to complete your sliders.

    Season the Sliders: In another small bowl, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix in the poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes, coarse sea salt, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well to combine.

    Pour and Chill: Evenly pour the seasoned butter mixture over the sliders. Cover the dish and chill the sliders in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours. This step allows the flavors to fully soak into the sliders. You can skip this step if you’re short on time, but chilling will enhance the flavor.

    Bake the Sliders: Once ready, bake the covered sliders in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Then, uncover and continue baking for another 10 minutes, or until the tops are nicely browned and the cheese has melted.

    Serve Warm: If you haven’t already cut the sliders apart, do so now. Serve them warm and enjoy the melty, flavorful goodness!

    Assembly

    Arranging and Assembling the Bottom Half of Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Step 1: Prepare Baking Dish

    Start by preparing your baking dish. Lightly spray a 9×13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray to ensure the sliders do not stick to the bottom and sides.

    Step 2: Layering the Bottom Rolls

    Carefully separate the sweet rolls. Place the bottom halves of the rolls in the prepared baking dish. Ensure they fit snugly and cover the entire bottom surface.

    Step 3: Adding the Honey Butter

    Melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a small bowl and stir in 3 teaspoons of honey until fully combined. Using a pastry brush, generously coat the bottom halves of the rolls with the honey butter mixture. This step will infuse the sliders with an extra layer of sweetness and moisture.

    Step 4: Layering the Ham and Cheese

    Begin layering by placing half of the deli ham slices evenly over the coated bottom rolls. Follow this by laying Swiss cheese slices on top of the ham, ensuring even coverage. Finally, add the remaining half of the ham slices over the cheese for a perfect balance of flavors.

    ham and cheese sliders on a cutting board

    Preparing the Top Half of Ham and Cheese Sliders

    Step 5: Securing the Top Rolls

    Place the top halves of the rolls over the layered ham and cheese. Ensure they are aligned with the bottom rolls for uniformity.

    Step 6: Seasoning and Coating

    In a small bowl, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Add poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes, coarse sea salt, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well to combine all the seasonings into the butter. Pour this seasoned butter mixture evenly over the assembled sliders.

    Step 7: Chill and Infuse Flavors

    Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours. Chilling allows the flavors to meld, resulting in a more flavorful slider.

    By following these steps, your sliders are now perfectly assembled and ready for baking, ensuring a delicious and well-balanced combination of flavors and textures.

    Cooking Methods

    Baking

    Baking is the primary method used for preparing these delicious ham and cheese sliders. The process involves placing assembled sliders in a preheated oven and cooking them at a specified temperature. This allows the cheese to melt perfectly, and the tops of the rolls to achieve a wonderful golden brown color. To enhance the flavor, it is recommended to drizzle a seasoned butter mixture over the sliders before baking.

    Chilling Before Baking

    Chilling the assembled sliders before baking is an optional but highly recommended step. Allowing the sliders to chill for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours, gives the flavors ample time to meld together. This method ensures that each bite is bursting with rich and well-balanced taste. It also allows the butter mixture to seep thoroughly into the rolls, making them perfectly moist and flavorful.

    Melting Ingredients

    Melting butter is consistently used in this recipe to mix with various seasoning ingredients such as honey, mustard, and spices. The melted butter acts as a carrier, evenly distributing the flavors across the sliders when poured over, leading to a uniformly seasoned dish. This method also ensures that the sliders remain moist and buttery upon baking.

    Layering

    Layering is a technique used to evenly distribute different ingredients throughout the sliders. By placing ham and cheese between the buns in layers, you ensure that each slider has a balanced amount of filling. This method contributes to the overall taste and texture of the sliders, making them more enjoyable and consistent.

    Using a Baking Dish

    Utilizing a 9×13 inch baking dish is a critical method to keep all the sliders together during the baking process. This helps in maintaining their shape and ensures they cook evenly. Lightly spraying the dish with non-stick cooking spray prevents the sliders from sticking to the dish, making them easier to serve once baked.

    By employing these cooking methods, you can consistently achieve sliders that are flavorful, perfectly cooked, and visually appealing.

    Serving Suggestions

    Perfect Pairings

    To complement the flavors of the ham and cheese sliders, consider serving them with a side of crisp, fresh salad. A mixed green salad with a light vinaigrette dressing can provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the sliders.

    Dips and Sauces

    Offer a variety of dips or sauces to accompany the sliders. Options such as honey mustard, barbecue sauce, or a tangy sriracha mayo can elevate the tasting experience and add an extra layer of flavor.

    Beverage Options

    Pair the sliders with a selection of beverages that enhance their savory nature. A cold, light beer or a crisp white wine can be excellent choices for adult guests. For non-alcoholic options, consider serving iced tea, lemonade, or sparkling water with a slice of lemon.

    Presentation Tips

    Arranging the sliders on a large platter and garnishing with fresh herbs like parsley or thyme can make your dish more visually appealing. For a festive touch, consider using decorative toothpicks or small flags to keep the sliders together, making them easier to pick up and serve.

    Additional Sides

    Complement the sliders with additional side dishes such as coleslaw, potato salad, or a bowl of crispy french fries. These sides not only add variety to your meal but also ensure a well-rounded dining experience.

    By incorporating these serving suggestions, you can create a delightful and appealing meal that is sure to impress your guests.

    Variations

    Vegetarian Sliders

    For a vegetarian twist, replace the ham with grilled vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, and mushrooms. Opt for a robust cheese like gouda or sharp cheddar to complement the flavors of the vegetables. Spread a layer of pesto or olive tapenade on the rolls for an extra burst of flavor.

    Spicy Sliders

    For those who enjoy a bit of heat, consider adding sliced jalapeños or banana peppers to the ham and cheese layers. A spicy cheese like pepper jack can further enhance the kick. Incorporate a spicy mustard or Sriracha sauce into the butter mixture for an added zing.

    Turkey and Cranberry Sliders

    Swap out the ham for slices of roasted turkey, and replace the Swiss cheese with brie. Add a layer of cranberry sauce between the turkey and cheese for a touch of sweetness that complements the savory elements.

    Italian Sliders

    Transform your sliders into a mini Italian feast by using thin slices of salami and mozzarella cheese. Add a layer of marinara sauce and sprinkle with Italian seasoning before baking. Serve with a side of warmed marinara dipping sauce.

    Breakfast Sliders

    For a breakfast version, use scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, and cheddar cheese. Brush the rolls with a mixture of melted butter and maple syrup for a sweet and savory combination.

    Mediterranean Sliders

    Introduce Mediterranean flavors by using slices of grilled chicken, feta cheese, and a spread of hummus. Add a sprinkle of za’atar seasoning to the butter mixture and top with fresh arugula right before serving for a refreshing crunch.

    By experimenting with these variations, you can tailor ham and cheese sliders to suit different tastes and dietary preferences, ensuring there’s a delicious option for everyone at your gathering.

    Conclusion

    Ham and cheese sliders are a versatile and crowd-pleasing option for any gathering, offering a variety of flavor profiles to suit different preferences.

    Using strategic cooking methods, such as chilling before baking, melting ingredients, and layering ensure that your sliders come out perfectly every time. And using an appropriate baking dish makes it so easy to serve your ham and cheese sliders.

    Serving suggestions and variations allow you to create a memorable dining experience for your guests. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or venture into new variations, ham and cheese sliders are sure to be a hit at any event.

    So, the next time you’re planning a menu, consider this recipe version for ham and cheese sliders.

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    a single ham and cheese slider on a white plate

    Ham and Cheese Sliders

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    Our Ham and Cheese sliders combine sweet rolls, savory ham, and melted Swiss cheese to create a perfect harmony of flavors. Perfect for any gathering!
    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Cook Time 25 minutes
    Total Time 45 minutes
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Servings 6

    Equipment

    • 1 9 x 13 casserole dish

    Ingredients
      

    • 1 package Hawaiian sweet rolls 12 count package
    • ½ cup unsalted butter divided
    • 1 pound deli ham thinly sliced
    • 8 ounces Swiss cheese slices
    • ¾ teaspoon dried onion flakes
    • ¾ teaspoon dried garlic flakes
    • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt
    • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

    Instructions
     

    • Use a sharp knife to cut the sweet rolls in half. You can choose to leave the rolls stuck together or separate them.
    • Place the bottom part of the rolls in a 9×13 inch baking dish that has been light sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    • In a small bowl, melt 3 tablespoons of the unsalted butter. Stir in the 3 teaspoons of honey and brush the honey butter mixture over the rolls in the pan.
    • Top the rolls with half of the deli ham. Lay the cheese slices evenly over the ham and top with the other half of the ham. Place the tops of the rolls on top of the ham.
    • In a small bowl, melt the remaining 5 tablespoons unsalted butter. Mix in the everything poppy seeds, sesame seed, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes, salt, dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
    • Pour the seasoned butter mixture evenly over the sliders. Cover and allow the sliders to chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 24 hours. *This step allows the butter mixture to soak into the sliders. If you prefer, you can skip this step and bake the sliders right away.
    • Preheat your oven to 350° F. Bake the covered sliders for 15 minutes. Uncover the sliders and continue to bake for another 10 minutes or just until the tops begin to brown and the cheese has melted.
    • Cut the sliders apart if you haven’t already and serve warm.

    Notes

    Nutrition Estimates:
    208  Calories
    14g   Fat
    11g   Carbs
    Keyword ham and cheese sliders, sandwhich

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