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These Ham and Cheese Sliders are a family staple. They are super easy to make, budget-friendly, great for a group of people, and even freezer friendly. I’ve been making these for YEARS and constantly have people ask for the recipe.
Reasons We Love This Recipe
- It’s easy! This recipe is a great one for beginner cooks. Simply layer the ingredients and drizzle a sauce over it for prep.
- It’s freezer-friendly. Simply assemble, freeze, thaw, then bake. I’ve prepped this recipe for the freezer SO many times. It works!
- It’s a kid-friendly meal. Kids and adults both love Ham and Cheese sliders.
- It’s a perfect recipe for potlucks or serving groups of people.
- You can make it in advance. Simply assemble the sliders right up until baking and store in the refrigerator. This makes it ideal for a holiday meal or Birthday Dinner.
- Rolls – You can use wheat or white. I like brioche rolls!
- Deli ham – You can also use leftover ham like from our Crockpot Spiral Ham.
- Swiss cheese slices – I use provolone and mozzarella a lot too.
- Dijon mustard
- Poppy seeds – I often make it without these. The recipe works just fine.
- Brown sugar
Tips for Success
Since I make these so often, I have a few tricks to make them even tastier!
- I prefer to use an unsweetened ham from the deli. Since the glaze brings the sweetness factor, no need for the honey ham.
- I’ve found that I can leave the poppy seeds out and they taste just as delicious.
- I also sometimes omit the mustard if these are being made for kids. I think the mustard brings a depth of flavor but it can for sure be left out if needed.
Can I Freeze Ham & Cheese Sliders?
YES! Like many of our freezer meals, Ham & Cheese Sliders work wonderfully to prep ahead and freeze.
After assembling the sandwiches and covering them in the glaze, do not bake. Wrap the casserole dish tightly with plastic wrap or foil or place them in an airtight container before freezing. (Here are a few freezer dishes we use and recommend.)
You can freeze these sandwiches for 3-6 months (or longer if you properly package them for freezing!)
When you want to eat them, let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then just bake them as directed.
You use any down-the-pipe dinner roll that you find at the store. It saves a little time if they are pre-sliced! Popular choices are Hawaiian Rolls, Brioche Buns, or Wheat Rolls.
Yes! This is one of the many reasons I love this recipe. If I have a group of people coming over or just want to get dinner done ahead of time, I prep the sliders all the way up until baking. I stick them in my fridge (for up to 2 days) and then just pull them out and bake them when I’m ready!
While the buns do soak up the sauce a bit, I wouldn’t describe them as soggy. The sliders sit in the sauce but don’t soak up too much of it.
Totally. I have done this quite a bit actually and it doesn’t change the flavor.
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- 15–20 mini wheat rolls
- 1 pound deli ham
- 7 ounces Swiss cheese slices
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 tablespoon poppyseeds (find in spice aisle)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
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Make It Now:
- Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
- Assemble the sandwiches, using 1-2 slices of folded ham and a 1/2 slice of cheese on the rolls. Place in 9×13 baking dish (or whatever size you have). Squeeze sandwiches in side by side.
- Mix butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds and brown sugar into medium sauce pan.
- On medium-high heat, bring sauce to a boil and then reduce heat.
- Lightly drizzle each sandwich with the prepared sauce. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
- Cover with foil and bake for about 20 minutes.
Freeze For Later: Prepare sandwiches with sauce on top in casserole dish, but do not bake. Seal tightly with a lid or wrap with plastic wrap and/or foil very well. Freeze.
Prepare From Frozen: Let sandwiches thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake according to directions in step 6.
- Don’t let the sauce boil too long or it will get very sticky!
- Sometimes kids are turned off by the poppyseeds. You can leave those out if that’s the case.
- Many types of cheese will work. I often use provolone or mozzarella instead of Swiss.