Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

These mini ham and cheese sandwiches don’t appear to be all that interesting, but believe me, don’t let the photos fool you. This isn’t just ham and cheese thrown between halves of a roll. The sauce that these sandwiches is marinated in takes them over the top. The first time I had them was at a party at my Dad’s house. Obviously, we wanted the recipe immediately. These would be amazing to serve at a New Years Eve gathering.

The recipe is from my step-mom’s sister, K. She explained that the key to these little guys is the overnight marinating. This allows all the flavors of the marinade to soak into the bread and surprisingly doesn’t leave the rolls soggy at all. My sister has made these and didn’t have time for an overnight marinade, and they just weren’t the same, so don’t skip that step!

Hubby has made these two years in a row for our friend’s holiday potluck. They’re always a huge success. They’re great for potlucks because you can do all the work the night before and then just pop them in the oven when you get to the potluck location and 10 minutes later people will be asking you for the recipe. (Note: The pictures are takedn with rolls that are bigger than the ones the recipe calls for. We couldn’t find the mini-Hawaiian rolls at our store, so we used potato rolls. They tasted delicious, but weren’t as cute and small as the first time we made them)

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Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

These ham and cheese sliders always disappear first at a party

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 1/2 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp grated dried onions
1 1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp honey mustard
2 (12 ounce) packages Hawaiian rolls - If you can't find these, we've used potato rolls as well
1 pound cooked ham slices
12 ounces sliced swiss cheese

Directions:

In saucepan, mix butter, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce & mustard, stir until blended and melted. Pour 1/2 of mixture into bottom of baking dish.

Assemble sandwiches with ham and cheese slices. Arrange rolls in single layer in baking dish, spreading them around to soak up sauce in pan. Pour rest of sauce over tops of sandwiches, cover dish and refrigerate up to 24 hours for sauce to soak in.

Preheat oven in 350 degrees, bake rolls for 10-12 minutes until rolls are lightly browned and cheese is melted.

Recipe from my step-mom's sister

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10 Responses to “Mini Ham and Cheese Sandwiches”

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    Dorothy — December 28, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Holy snap! Guess what I’m bringing to our post-holiday party on the 2nd? I have a reputation for being the “sweets girl,” but that might just have to change…
    Thanks for the recipe!

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    Dorothy — December 28, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Forgot to ask – Do you bake the rolls in the same dish you marinated them in, or do you place them on a cookie sheet or something?

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    Jen — December 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Dorothy – we just bake them in the same pan. Usually, we’ll buy the disposable foil ones from the store that come with a lid. Marinade them overnight and then just grab and go to a party. Pop them in the oven for the 10 minutes and serve hot. Works really well.

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    Kat — December 28, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I have leftover ham from Christmas dinner (and who doesn’t have cheese on hand!) and will be trying these this week.

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    Faith — December 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I hope you and yours had a nice Christmas. This recipe is unlike any I’ve ever seen! It sounds SO GOOD!

    Happy (almost) New Year!

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    Daily — December 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, those look delicious! Seem perfect for New Years Eve hors d’oeuvres. I’ve never thought of using Kings Hawaiian rolls for anything other than a dinner-time side.

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    Amanda — January 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Made these for New Years Eve….& they were fantastic! These are definitely going on my short list of yummy ( & easy) appetizers.

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    Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" — January 18, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hi, after seeing these on a friend’s blog, I had to give them a try! I made them for dinner to try out and they were a huge hit! They will be a new dish I’ll be bringing to our next potluck!

    http://ldylvbgr.blogspot.com/2010/01/mini-ham-and-cheese-sandwiches.html

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    Debra Asmuth Fillingim — April 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    My friend made these and they were fantastic-I don’t usually like ham and cheese!

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    beantownbaker — April 2, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    These little guys are tasty. Glad you enjoyed them.

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