Ham and cheese sliders (with poppy seed topping)

These ham sliders are a great way to use up leftover ham from the holidays and one of my family’s favorite entrees for lunch or dinner! These ham sliders with cheese are made with Hawaiian rolls and are slathered in a buttery mustard topping, then sprinkled with chia or poppy seeds and finished off in the oven to get that deliciously golden top. You may also enjoy peppermint fruit salad, Amish seasoned pretzels, or chicken curry salad as sides for the ham and cheese sliders.

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Ham and cheese sliders with poppy seed sauce

Ham and Cheese Sliders (with poppy seed topping)

marilynpeight
These ham and cheese sliders are a great way to use up leftover ham and they make a great dinner option or party food!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Equipment

  • baking dish (linked below)
  • basting brush (linked below)
  • Small sauce pan (linked below)

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Hawaiian rolls
  • Cooked ham or deli ham slices
  • Cheese slices
  • mayonnaise or miracle whip

Poppy seed sauce

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard *see note
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • poppy or chia seeds

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • Cut the Hawaiian dinner rolls in half and then spread mayo or miracle whip onto the bottom half of the dinner rolls. Layer ham and cheese slices over the mayo, then top with the top half of the dinner rolls.
  • Place butter, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and onion powder into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil to allow the butter to melt, while stirring rapidly. Remove from heat and stir in parsley flakes. Continue stirring the sauce until creamy.
  • Pour the butter and mustard sauce over the ham sliders, using a basting brush to spread the sauce evenly over the sandwiches.
  • Sprinkle seeds of your choice over the Hawaiian ham sliders, then cover with foil. Bake the ham and cheese sliders (covered) for 15 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking sliders for an additional 10 minutes, or until the tops have browned nicely. Cool slightly and enjoy!

Notes

My family prefers a stronger mustard flavor in the topping, so I usually use 2 heaping tablespoons of the Dijon mustard. 
Additional notes and step by step photos below. 
Keyword Ham sliders, poppy seed sauce, poppy seed dressing, leftover ham
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Equipment needed for these ham and cheese sliders with poppy seed sauce:

  • Baking dish You will need a 9 by 13 inch baking dish to bake the ham sliders in. I prefer to use my glass baking dish, but other baking dishes work too. Be sure to grease the baking dish with a little butter or cooking spray before adding the sliders.
  • Basting brush Using a basting brush for spreading out the sauce helps to coat the sliders more evenly.
  • Small sauce pan I prefer to use my one quart sauce pan from Farberware (not an ad) to cook the butter and mustard sauce in.

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Ingredients needed for these ham and cheese sliders: Butter, Hawaiian dinner rolls, parsley, onion powder, brown sugar, Chia or poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, ham, cheese and mayonnaise.

Step 1: Slice the dinner rolls in half and set the top half aside for now. Spread mayo or miracle whip on the bottom half of the rolls, then layer with ham and cheese. Replace the top half of the dinner rolls.

What is the best cheese to use for these ham and cheese sliders?

Because of the difference in taste preferences in my family, I use half swiss cheese and half provolone cheese in the ham sliders. Feel free to use the cheese of your preference, as long as it is a good melting cheese for the best results.

Steps 2-3: Heat and combine the first 5 ingredients for the mustard sauce in a small saucepan. Remove from heat and whisk in parsley flakes. Once the sauce is well combined and creamy, pour over the ham and cheese sliders and evenly spread over the sandwiches with a basting brush.

Step 4: Sprinkle chia or poppy seeds over the ham and cheese sliders, then cover with foil and bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 10 minutes, until the sandwiches are heated through and lightly browned on the tops. Cool slightly and enjoy!

Serving suggestion:

We enjoyed these ham sliders with salad and cheap (but delicious) sushi from ALDI. I must say, the combination of ham sliders and sushi was so good!! If you don’t have access to an ALDI and wish to make your own sushi at home, you may enjoy this recipe for homemade sushi.

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1 thought on “Ham and cheese sliders (with poppy seed topping)”

  1. 5 stars
    All time favorite. The use of chia seeds in place of poppy seeds in the topping was a great idea!

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