Give your leftover ham an upgrade with these Ham & Cheese Sammies! These sandwiches are sweet, salty and ultra cheesy!
The Christmas countdown is officially on! I still can't believe it and I am 100% not ready for Christmas! Pre-Kids, I would have had all of shopping, wrapping and decorating done the weekend after Thanksgiving. Now, I am just hoping to have the tree up by Christmas Eve.
When I think of Christmas dinner, I think of a big ol' ham. I am not really sure why because my family never served ham on Christmas. My parents always made my brothers and my favorite foods for Christmas Eve dinner. Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo (with at least 1 stick of butter) was always my choice. I guess I get the idea of a ham from Hallmark.
Ham is on my Christmas dinner menu this year! I plan on using this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and adding a few 'Delmarvalicious' twists! Stay tuned.....
Now, I know that we will have leftovers. I love repurposing my leftovers into new dishes. Enter in these Ham & Cheese Sammies! These finger sandwiches are a dish that I have had time and time again. I finally had to make these a few times, get the sweetness level perfected and write the recipe.
What do I need?
Well, leftover ham is great for these sandwiches. If you aren't making these after a holiday, simply purchase thinly sliced ham from your local deli counter. You will need cheese. I like to use a mixture of Swiss, American and Cheddar. You will need about a pound of cheese (roughly 12 slices). Hawaiian Sweet Rolls are key to this recipe. I tested the recipe using pre-sliced slider buns and it did not turn out. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. However, when the rolls are pre-sliced, the top and bottom of the bun are not equal. The bottom portion is often very thin and doesn't hold up well with the butter mixture.
For the sweet glaze, you will need butter, honey, dried mustard and chia seeds. Feel free to swap in grainy Dijon mustard for the dried mustard.
Let's get cookin'!
Start by adding the butter, honey, dried mustard and chia seeds to a small sauce pan. Melt the butter and stir the mixture together. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.
Slice the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in half. Layer in ham and cheese. Put rolls into an greased 8x8 or a 9x9 pan. The rolls should fit snugly.
Brush the butter mixture on top of the rolls. Place tray into the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes covered with tin foil. Remove tin foil and bake for another 10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Can I prep these Ham & Cheese Sammies ahead of time?
Absolutely!!! Make these little guys up to a day before an event and refrigerate. Just pull them out of the refrigerator while the oven preheats to bring them to room temperature.
These Ham & Cheese Sammies are easy to transport making them great to bring to a party or a tailgate. Serve them with Veggie Mac and Cheese and you will have a complete meal!
If you make these sandwiches, please leave a comment or tag @delmarvaliciousdishes!
Ham & Cheese Sammies
- 1 Package Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (12 rolls)
- 1 lb Ham- Thinly Sliced
- 1 lb Cheese (I use a mixture of Swiss, American and Cheddar)
- ¼ cup Unsalted Butter
- ¼ cup Honey
- 1 tablespoon Dried Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- To a small sauce pan, add honey, butter, soy sauce, dried mustard and chia seeds. Bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, turn heat down to low and let simmer for 5 minutes.
- Slice Hawaiian Sweet Rolls in half. Layer ham and cheese.
- Place rolls in an 8x8 or a 9x9 pan. The rolls should fit snugly.
- Brush butter mixture on top of rolls. Refrigerate for an hour before baking (or up to 24 hours).
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Bake rolls for 10 minutes covered. Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes until the cheese is melted.