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


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


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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22 Responses to “Homemade White Cheddar Cheez-Its”

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Love these, I could eat the whole batch myself. So much healthier than the boxed crackers, that have all those ingredients I can’t pronounce!

    • beantownbaker — January 16th, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

      I completely agree. We avoid processed foods as much as possible. I was glad to find a snack that Hubby loves so much and is *so* easy to make at home.

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    Lokness @ The Missing Lokness — January 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    These cheez its are stunning looking! They must be very cheesy and crispy! I really need to make this for my husband soon!

    • beantownbaker — January 17th, 2013 @ 4:51 pm

      They definitely are! Hubby convinced me to make more this weekend already 🙂

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    JaxInBoston — January 18, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    looks delicious – how do you think this would work with other cheeses? I’m thinkin’ pepper jack…

    • beantownbaker — January 18th, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

      I would think other cheeses would work pretty well. I wouldn’t use anything too soft, but pepper jack should work. Let me know how it goes if you try it!

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    Emma — January 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    These look fantastic. Great photos. I’m going to make some this weekend. Please check out the food blog I have just started Thanks!

    • beantownbaker — January 21st, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

      Let me know what you think of them if you do make them!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I HATE pickles. They are awful, but I definitely love cheese crackers. I especially love white cheddar cheez-its 😉

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

      You should definitely make these then – they’re seriously so good!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 8:34 pm

      I don’t even eat my french fries that touched the pickle at restaurants. And I LOVE french fries!

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    tracy {pale yellow} — January 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I have always thought making your own crackers would be too much work. Your version looks straightforward and delightful. I’m sure the taste is worth all the effort!

    • beantownbaker — January 23rd, 2013 @ 10:27 pm

      I agree, it was definitely much easier than I would have guessed. My sister, who never bakes, has already made these twice!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I don’t like fries that touched pickles either! Not only do they then taste like a pickle, but they get soggy and I prefer crunchy fries!

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    Megan — January 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Um… Cheez-Its are one food I cannot have around. Once I open the box, I pretty much eat the whole thing. I love this homemade version!

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    Alyssa — February 3, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Hello! I am more of a baker than a cook, so I was very nervous about what to make for my boyfriend’s Superbowl party! Found this recipe, and just made it! SUPER easy! I am really impressed by how much it tastes like a cheez-it… but better! I like this recipe and hope to try it with other cheeses! Thanks!

    PS. I did use the silicon baking mat and that made it a lot easier. Good point to follow!

    • beantownbaker — February 3rd, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them!! I’ve already made them a handful of times with various cheeses and spices thrown in. They’ve all been delicious.

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    Priya@MyKitchenOdyssey — November 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my.Jen you done it.My little girl loves cheez it.I throwed the cheddar cheese(little bite size) once, don’t know what to make with it .I wish i had seen this earlier 🙁
    Any was can we make these with bite size cheese sticks.?


    • beantownbaker — November 7th, 2013 @ 10:07 am

      I’m sure you could use this dough to make any shape you’d like…

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    Priya@MyKitchenOdyssey — November 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for your reply .I meant the cracker barrel cheese ,Can i use this cheese to bake cheez its.


    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 5:37 pm

      I think any cheese that comes in a block would be fine for this recipe.

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    Priya@MyKitchenOdyssey — November 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Many thanks jen.I will be doing it very soon.


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