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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31 Responses to “Pretzel Bites”

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    Natalie — January 29, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make these for so long–might have to bust them out for the Superbowl next weekend 🙂

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    Ellen — January 14, 2013 at 6:17 am

    I made these after spotting them on Pinterest. I made them ‘just because’. They are quite tasty.

    • beantownbaker — January 14th, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!

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    Jill — January 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I made these with my 4 year old, we had so much fun and they are delicous!!!! Easy too. Loved this!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • beantownbaker — January 18th, 2013 @ 3:34 pm

      So glad you liked them!

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    Bryn — April 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    We made these during a play date. Each kid got a piece to make their own shape. They are so cute and yummy!

    • beantownbaker — April 11th, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      What a fun activity for the kids!

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    Shayna — June 28, 2013 at 3:16 am

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    Samantha Maynard — July 8, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I am planning to make these for my daughter’s birthday party in a few weeks. Can the dough be made ahead? How long do they keep after making? What is the best way to reheat them if they have been made ahead? I am planning to make a test batch, but thought you could shed some insight. Also- do you think they would be good with 1/2 wheat flour? Excited to road test ’em!

    • beantownbaker — July 8th, 2013 @ 9:18 am

      I make pretzels and freeze them all the time. I don’t see why pretzel bites couldn’t also be frozen. Just thaw them in the fridge overnight then reheat in your oven. I haven’t tried with wheat flour, but let me know how it goes for you!

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    Averi — July 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    I just made these tonight and they were so delicious!! I made a batch with salt and another with cinnamon sugar! So delicious!!

    • beantownbaker — July 16th, 2013 @ 8:37 am

      So glad you liked them! I love making cinnamon sugar pretzels.

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    Amanda — October 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    What if I don’t have brown sugar do you acually need it or is their something else I can use?

    • beantownbaker — October 6th, 2013 @ 8:13 pm

      If you have molasses and white sugar, you can make brown sugar.

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    Amy Fox — October 31, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Sadly I left my kitchenaid standing mixer in states when we moved to Germany. Can I make the dough with a hand mixer?

    • beantownbaker — November 3rd, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

      I think you could do this with a hand mixer. Let me know how they turn out for you!

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    Lauren — December 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Made these for our lake-house retreat this summer and they were gone before we even set them on the table! Making them again, but I learned my lesson and will be quadrupling the batch! That’s how good they are! Thanks for the recipe!

    • beantownbaker — January 2nd, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

      We just made these for our New Years Eve party and I wish I had quadrupled the recipe! I only doubled it and they disappears so quickly!

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    Samantha — February 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Made these last night for the Superbowl. It made about 160 pretzel bites. Definitely more than 6-8 servings! They tasted a little “off” last night after we made them, but now that they’ve cooled down and we reheated them, they are delicious!

    We plan on freezing about half since they taste EXACTLY like those PretzelMaker ones! Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — February 3rd, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

      Good point about the serving size! I’ve updated it because this does make quite a few pretzel bites. Glad you enjoyed them.

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    Angela — February 2, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Just made these tonight for the first time and they are delicious! The kids and I decided to experiment so we did some with smokey monterey jack cheese stuffed inside and rolled others in cinnamon sugar after they baked. Soooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

    • beantownbaker — February 3rd, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

      Oh man, cheese stuffed pretzel bites? That sounds like a great experiment! Glad you and the kids enjoyed them.

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    Heather — April 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Could I use tin foil instead of parchment paper?

    • beantownbaker — April 16th, 2014 @ 5:57 pm

      Foil should work. I’d spray it with baking spray though.

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    Chen — May 12, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Seems like a great recipe! Could you though assume how many TBSPs are in 1 package of yeast? Thanks (:

    • beantownbaker — May 12th, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

      An envelope of yeast usually has 2.25 tsp in it. Be sure to check the packaging to see if it’s labeled as well.

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    Paige — May 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    This are awesome! I’ve made pretzels and pretzel bites before but this time I tried your recipe. Really delicious. One thing that makes it go a lot quicker is instead of rolling it into snakes from chunks of dough, I roll out the dough somewhat flat, and then cut strips from it. Then I can just roll the strips up a little bit to get them round and it’s all set.

    Oh, tin foil does work even if you don’t spray it, they’re just a little tricky to get off, but it’s not a problem.

    Thanks for the recipe! https://scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/t31.0-8/p843x403/10259243_10203611442836402_762978649043400382_o.jpg

    • beantownbaker — May 17th, 2014 @ 6:11 pm

      That’s a brilliant idea to just roll out the dough and cut it in to strips! I’ll definitely do that next time. Yours look great!

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    BrynMawrGirl — October 4, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I’ve made these several times and every time they are a hit. i’m making a big batch today for an octoberfest party and just wanted to say Thank You for the recipe!

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    Cookies003 — October 20, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Tasty recipe!

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    cher — February 1, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    super yummy! i halved the recipe for my family, and now i’m wishing i hadn’t! great super bowl party food.

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