Party Ham Rolls

Party Ham Rolls
Party Ham Rolls. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 33 mins
  • Prep: 18 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 24 sandwiches (8 to 10 servings)
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These popular little ham sandwiches are always the hit of the party, and they are delicious! Use Hawaiian Dinner Rolls or other small unseparated rolls. It's an easy way to make lunch sandwiches for a crowd.

I first tasted these rolls at a party in Mississippi, and I've made them several times since then. They're perfect for a game day snack, a kids party, or a sandwich lunch or supper.

I use yellow mustard in the little sandwiches, but Dijon or a grainy mustard would be excellent as well. Thin slices of Swiss cheese are the classic choice, but feel free to use cheddar cheese. See more suggestions for substitutions and additional ideas in the tips and variations below the recipe.

What You'll Need

  • 24 small dinner rolls (about 1 pound, such as King's Hawaiian Rolls*)
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 stick plus 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons onion (finely minced)
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seed
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 to 16 ounces deli hsm (very thinly sliced or shaved)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese (or cheddar cheese, or about 1 1/2 cups shredded)
  • Garnish: poppy seeds for tops

How to Make It

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter; save 4 tablespoons in a small bowl for brushing over the tops of the rolls. Set aside.
  2. To the remaining  butter in the saucepan, add the mustard, poppy seeds, onion, and Worcestershire sauce. Cook over low heat until onions are translucent and tender..
  3. Without separating rolls, slice each flat of 12 rolls horizontally. Spread both sides (inside tops and bottoms) evenly with butter and mustard mixture.
  1. Fill evenly with the sliced ham and cheese.
  2. Brush with the reserved 4 tablespoons of melted butter and sprinkle with more poppy seeds.
  3. Wrap the rolls in tightly in foil which has been lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Refrigerate until close to serving time.
  4. Heat the oven to 375 F.
  5. Place the foil-wrapped rolls on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake the rolls in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until they are thoroughly heated and cheese has melted.

Serves 8 to 10.

*If you can't find the mini rolls, you could use 8 to 12 small to medium dinner rolls or make individual slider sandwiches with slider buns or small individual dinner rolls. 

Tips and Variations

  • Substitute thinly sliced turkey ham or smoked turkey for the deli ham.
  • Instead of minced onion, blend about 1 1/2 teaspoons of onion powder into the mustard mixture.
  • If you can't find King's Hawaiian Rolls or similar small dinner rolls, use slider buns and divide the ingredients evenly among the buns.
  • Replace the Swiss or cheddar cheese with muenster or mozzarella cheese.

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