Ham and Cheese Sliders

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
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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

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

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.

Source: slightly adapted from The Girl Who Ate Everything

54 Responses

  1. 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.

  2. 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).

  3. 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)

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

  5. 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. . .

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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)

    • 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 😉

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. These look awesome. Easy & delicious. SOLD!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. that`s absolutely awesome!

  22. 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!

  23. Yuuuuuuuum!!!!

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

  25. AKA “Oven Ham Sammies”! Delicious!!

  26. Yummy! I love all your recipes!

  27. Love Ham and Cheese

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

  29. 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, 🙂

  30. 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!!!)

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

  32. 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!

    • 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.

  33. 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.

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

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

  36. 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?

  37. 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!

  38. 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!!

    • 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.

  39. 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!!

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

  41. 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!

  42. 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!

  43. 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!

  44. 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?


  45. 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!

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