I’ll first mention that I have no idea where this recipe originated from. I’ve been married 20 years and I remember making this in our early years of marriage. It seems like everything I cooked back them came from Taste of Home so maybe that was the original source.
But these sandwiches, although not original, are too good not to share. They’re sweet…they’re tangy…they’re savory…and most of all delicious!
Ham and Cheese Sliders with Leftover Ham
Although you’ll most often see these easy sandwiches with deli ham, they are a great way to use up that leftover Christmas or Easter ham. Just be sure to slice the ham as thinly as possible for the best results.
What cheese goes best with ham?
We love swiss cheese on our baked ham sandwiches so that’s what we use here. If you’d like a creamier cheese, another option would be to use white American cheese. Both will give just a little different flavor, but we’ve enjoyed both types of cheese on these sandwiches.
How to Make Ham and Cheese Sliders
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Line a baking sheet with foil. Spray very lightly with cooking spray. The sandwiches won’t “stick”, but the cooking spray helps to keep the bottoms from getting too hard during baking.
In a bowl, mix together butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, dried onion and minced garlic.
Use a large serrated knife to slice the rolls in half, separating the tops from the bottoms. Place the bottom of the rolls onto the prepared baking pan.
Brush a few tablespoons of the butter mixture onto the bottom of the rolls. Some people save all of the butter for the tops, but we like putting some of that savory flavor on the bottom of the rolls too!
Layer about half the ham onto the rolls. Honestly you can pile on as much ham as you’d like, just remember that the more ham and cheese you have inside, the longer they will take to bake through. We used a total of ½ pound of ham.
Arrange the Swiss cheese over the ham, and top with remaining ham slices.
Place the tops of the rolls onto the sandwiches.
Brush the remaining butter mixture evenly over the rolls.
Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
Some baked ham and cheese sandwiches are individually wrapped in foil, but these party sandwiches are baked as a set. Here’s how to do it.
Cover the rolls loosely with foil. We tried uncovering the rolls during the second half of the baking process, but we found the tops got too brown. We kept them loosely covered the whole time during baking.
Bake in the preheated oven until the rolls are lightly browned and the cheese has melted, about 20 minutes.
How can you keep ham and cheese sliders warm?
These baked sliders are best served warm, so how do you keep them warm? The easiest way is to keep the sandwiches covered with foil in a warm oven (170 degrees Fahrenheit) until serving. Pull them out right before guests go through the buffet line. Keep the sandwiches covered with foil even when they are sitting on the countertop.
If you want to, you can cut the sandwiches, wrap them individually in foil and place them in a slow cooker on the warm setting. This will keep them perfectly warm!
Can you freeze ham and cheese sliders?
You can easily make ahead ham and cheese sliders. Make them to the point of baking. Then wrap them well in foil and place them in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. I like to allow the sandwiches to at least partially defrost so they don’t have to be in the oven as long. You can bake the sandwiches straight from the freezer…just extra time to the baking time to make sure they are cooked all the way through.
What goes with hot ham and cheese sandwiches?
Here are a few of our favorite sides to go with hot ham and cheese sliders: