Hot and Melty Oven Baked Ham and Swiss Sandwiches

mini ham sandwich

Well, that’s quite a mouthful, isn’t it? Hot and Melty Oven Baked Ham and Swiss Sandwiches. I couldn’t help myself. I couldn’t just title this “Ham and Cheese sandwiches.” Who would be interested in that? And I want you to be interested. I want you to be very interested.

You see, these little sandwiches are amazing things. They are so very simple, they’re perfect for feeding a crowd, they can be an appetizer, a snack, or a main course. They are great man food and are postively perfect for Sunday football. They’re also great girl food, since they are little mini sandwiches and everyone knows that all girls think mini foods are cute, right? No? That’s just me? Well, then.

I found this recipe on Dine and Dish back in August and since then I’ve made these about 10 times. I just can’t help myself. They are delish! I serve them when my husband has his buddies over for football, I served them along with a big pot of chili on Halloween, and I serve them for dinner when I’m in a hurry and need something tasty and easy.

assembling ham sandwiches

You can really feed a crowd with these and it only takes minutes to prepare them. You just slice a package of King’s Hawaiian Rolls in half, layer the bottoms with ham and cheese, place the top pieces of bread on, and then pour the delightful butter mixture over them. The original recipe says to refrigerate these overnight or for several hours, but I find that even 30 minutes works just fine.

mini ham sandwiches

The topping is a mixture of melted butter, worchestershire sauce, ground mustard, poppy seeds, and dried onion flakes. I leave out the poppy seeds and onion flakes because my picky little family would have a stroke if I put something like a poppy seed on their bun. I can just hear them now, “What is this? Bird food?!” And let’s not even consider what would happen if I put chunks of dried onion on these. I do add a bit of onion powder, though. Sneaky, aren’t I?

mini ham sandwich

 

Hot and Melty Oven Baked Ham and Swiss Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 12 count package Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • 12 slices swiss cheese
  • 12-16oz thin sliced ham
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1 tsp poppy seeds (optional)
  • 2 tsp onion flakes (or 1 tsp onion powder)
  • 2 tbsp worcheshire sauce

Instructions

  1. Slice all of the rolls in half and place the bottom halves in a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Place ham and cheese on the bottom of the sliced rolls. Cover with the top half of roll.
  3. Mix together the remaining five ingredients in a small bowl and spoon over the tops of the sandwiches.
  4. Let sit overnight or a couple of hours.
  5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 15 minutes or until warmed through and the cheese is gooey and melty.
http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2009/11/03/hot-and-melty-oven-baked-ham-and-swiss-sandwiches/

adapted from Dine and Dish

 

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34 Responses to “Hot and Melty Oven Baked Ham and Swiss Sandwiches”

  1. grace November 4, 2009 @ 8:15 am (#
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    yeah, it’s a mouthful to say, but i wish i had a mouthful to eat. the fluffy roll, the gooey cheese, the salty ham. what a perfect little sammich.

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  2. Simone (junglefrog) November 4, 2009 @ 9:41 am (#
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    I love little simple sandwiches such as these although I would definitely put the poppy seeds on top (no picky family members here… o wait, apart from Tom not liking cheese that is..hmmm) It looks delicious!

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  3. Laura Flowers November 4, 2009 @ 10:00 am (#
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    Comfort food! I love the topping you brushed on top. I’m saving this one!

    Laura

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  4. msmeanie November 4, 2009 @ 7:00 pm (#
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    Those look like great party food! I like the addition of the buttery topping. Sounds delish! Thanks for your comment on my blog! :)

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  5. Barbara November 5, 2009 @ 2:53 pm (#
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    I did a double take when I saw this recipe! My mother made these for us when I was a kid- we have ever after called them “Grandma’s Sandwiches”. I even put them in a cookbook I did recently- and called them exactly that. When I made them for my kids, I would make a bunch and freeze them. So easy.

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  6. Mike November 7, 2009 @ 8:33 pm (#
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    I think I could eat a dozen of those in one sitting!

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  7. Bunny November 8, 2009 @ 7:11 pm (#
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    Ham and Cheese sliders!!! Oh I love this!!! I think Hawaiian bread is a lot like potato bread, these are fantastic!

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  8. Grammyzilla December 16, 2009 @ 8:03 am (#
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    Make an easy recipe easier. Leave the Hawaiian rolls intact and slice into two layers the whole dozen. Remove the top layer, pile the ham and cheese over the whole bottom half, replace the top half, THEN slice through the rolls to divide them into individual sandwiches. I made these for a party the other day and had forgotten how easy and YUMMY they are. Sadly, I didn’t get to bring home any leftovers! : (

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  9. Shelby January 17, 2010 @ 3:50 pm (#
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    My kids LOVE these! Anytime I ask what I should make for dinner they say “those little sandwiches” !!

    I love your version with ham and swiss but they are also delish with pastrami and mozzarella! I don’t think it matters what meat/cheese combo you use, the secret is in the sauce! YUM!

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  10. Kim January 24, 2010 @ 4:07 pm (#
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    Thank you for posting this recipe! We had made them this summer and are making them today to bring to watch the Vikings game-a perfect appetizer! I had forgotten the mixture part, so I was happy to find it posted here. I agree with a previous commenter-leaving the rolls together makes things go faster! I think I’ll be back to your website to find out more yummy things to make!

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  11. Sara February 7, 2010 @ 6:02 pm (#
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    O.M.G. Divine yumminess of the best kind! This is a new family fave as of tonight!

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  12. ApexAngie January 29, 2011 @ 7:44 am (#
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    Sounds delish, but is it really 2 tablespoons of w’shire sauce or 2 teaspoons? Seems like a lot…just wondering.

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  13. barb February 1, 2011 @ 12:24 pm (#
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    I made rthese for football game. They were great!!! Can’t stop thinking about them. May make them for the superbowl. Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. mary February 1, 2011 @ 6:14 pm (#
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    Do I keep these covered when I bake them?

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  15. mary February 1, 2011 @ 6:15 pm (#
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    Do I keep these covered when I bake them?

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  16. terry March 11, 2011 @ 4:29 pm (#
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    can these be cooked and served cold or room temp? thank you

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    Lisa Reply:

    @terry, I made a few pans of these for my daughters 2nd birthday and they started out warm, obviously,but were just as fantastic at room temp. I personally LOVE melty cheese so I wouldn’t get them cold. But, I don’t think it would hurt them any…

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  17. Bev March 24, 2011 @ 2:45 pm (#
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    Do I understand you put the sauce on TOP of the BUN? Not on the ham and cheese inside and then place the bun on top? In the photo it does not look like there is a sauce ON the bread. ? Thanks. Bev

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  18. Christy B. March 27, 2011 @ 4:48 pm (#
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    I thought it was about time I said thank you for this recipe. The “sauce” turns an ordinary sandwich into something special. I’ve made my own version many times over the last year or so. Never having rolls on hand I just use regular bread and pour/spread the topping on to the top of the assembled sandwich. We love onions so I use 2 T of them, and cut the Worcestershire down to 1 T.

    P.S. I love the name! When I’m ready to make them I hop on the internet and search for “hot and melty ham and cheese” and come right here. :)

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  19. Kelly July 1, 2011 @ 6:39 pm (#
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    These sandwiches are easy and quick and taste great! Real crowd pleaser!

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  20. Jan October 17, 2011 @ 5:18 pm (#
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    Does the sauce go on the “outside” top of the bun or the “inside” of the bun top?

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  21. Rebecca November 12, 2011 @ 2:52 pm (#
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    I made these today for the UF football game and my family loved them! They were so easy to make too. I substituted sesame seeds for poppy seeds just cause thats what we had on hand. Thank you for this recipe, its definitely a keeper :)

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  22. Tom December 19, 2011 @ 5:01 pm (#
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    My Mom has been making these since the 60′s. My wife is making them tonight for the Steelers game (vs 49ers on MNF… go Steelers) and I went online to see if I could find a calorie count on them. Anyway, to answer Jan, the sauce goes on top of the cheese, not on top of the bun.

    Mom used to use cheap hamburger buns instead of the Hawaian bread, although that sounds good. Also, she would bake them individually wrapped in aluminum foil to make them crispier. Enjoy!

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  23. Pam December 22, 2011 @ 5:21 pm (#
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    These are the easiest most wonderful quick I need a dish to carry somewhere. I noticed that some say the sauce goes on before the top bun. The one I have made for years you pour it over the top of the bun, seems to work either way. Fix anyway and Enjoy!!

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  24. deb February 24, 2012 @ 4:04 pm (#
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    I had these at a church meeting and had to get the recipe. I have made them many times since then. I too, slice through the whole package of buns at the same time and then layer my other items. I use shaved ham as it is easier to cut through after baking. Also, the butter mixture I pour over the meat and cheese before placing the tops back on the sandwiches and then put the rest over the top of the sandwiches before baking them. Make sure before you take them somewhere you have a copy of the recipe in your pocket because I promise someone will ask for the recipe before the party is over.

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  25. Marti May 16, 2012 @ 11:21 am (#
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    For added yumminess use ham and chedder or american cheese, and add a touch of brown sugar and mustard to the sauce. mmmm. Tastes like those delish sammies you make from the leftover Easter ham that you’ve baked for hours and hours with that wonderful brown sugar glaze! Give it a try…you will love it!

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    Karly Reply:

    @Marti,

    So funny that you just commented on this old recipe! I was putting it into the fridge for dinner tonight as you were commenting! :)

    I’ll give it a try your way next time! Sounds delish!

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  26. Michelle September 14, 2012 @ 8:24 am (#
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    Made these a week ago and LOVED them! Was looking for this recipe and came across this version. I did cut the butter in half and it was still so good. Thanks!

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  27. Pam January 20, 2013 @ 12:56 am (#
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    Will the ham and cheese spoil if you leave it out at room temperature overnight? Or did you put them with the buns in the refrigerator?

    Also, the topping is used to glaze the top surface of the bun is it?

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  28. Susan May 22, 2013 @ 8:27 am (#
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    One of my co workers made these wonderful little sandwiches and brought them to work yesterday. They were the hit of the potluck. Absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to make them for my family this evening.

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