Saturday, April 6, 2013

Ham Sliders Recipe

This morning my family and I said good-bye to our fabulous friends who drove from Minnesota to Texas to visit us.  They are dear friends that we have know for 18 years.  When we met, they had one sweet little boy and now we have 8 amazing children between us.  We've vacationed together, shared meals, and had lots of laughs.  Our kids jive, the parental conversations are inspiring and entertaining, and the food we share always tastes better when we are together.

This visit started with Easter dinner that included ham, macaroni and cheese, pretzel salad, deviled eggs, roasted asparagus, garlicky green beans, and King's Hawaiin rolls.  As I was digging in the fridge for our second meal together, our friends' oldest son, who has loved ham since we introduced it to him in his highchair, remembered a hot ham on Hawaiin roll sandwich that his aunt in Chicago had made.  Doing a bit of searching on the internet and perusing of my pantry lead us to the conclusion that we could make a pan of these type of sandwiches to add to our feast of leftovers.

Fit the rolls into the pan as tightly as possible.  Place ham on top of each.  
One of my kids likes just cheese, so I always make a few of those.
Add cheese on top; Swiss, Monterrey Jack, even American.
For added flavor, brush inside of bun tops with butter mixture.

Sprinkle with poppy seeds and refrigerate for up to 48 hours.

The sandwiches that we created were warm, toasty, and flavorful.  With 3 hungry teenagers as part of our crowd, the sandwiches didn't last long. The cheese got melty and gooey while the poppy seeds and Worcestershire sauce accentuated the taste of the ham.  Yum!  These Ham Sliders are going on my "Make for Party" list and will always remind me of our good times with our BFFF's (Best Family Friends Forever).

Ham Sliders Recipe

1 package of King's Hawaiin Rolls or other small dinner rolls (I use Mini Sub Rolls)
1/2 pound of ham (from the deli or leftover from you Easter dinner:)
6-8 slices of Swiss or Provolone cheese
4 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder or Garlic Salt
1 teaspoon Poppy seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder.  
  3. Split rolls and place on a baking sheet.
  4. Top each roll with ham and cheese.
  5. Place tops of rolls on sandwiches.
  6. Using a pastry brush, generously slather each sandwich with the melted butter mixture.
  7. Sprinkle poppy seeds on top of sandwiches.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or cover with foil and back for 20 minutes or until rolls are toasty and cheese is melted.  Add a few minutes if sandwiches are chilled


  1. Heidi,
    how are you? these sandwiches look so good! I'm drooling.

  2. I love all the variations of this Slider! This sensational dish and wolves will bite this weekend. Thanks for this new idea so delicious!

  3. It's almost ham slider time again! ;)

  4. We are making these AGAIN tonight with some leftover uncured smoked ham. (xlnt, btw). I will say HEB rarely carries the sub rolls for us anymore! We are using the hamburger rolls instead of having a tiff with the little tiny hawaiian rolls