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Hot Ham & Swiss Sliders With Poppy Seed Sauce

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For the last several years our family has adopted a more “casual” entertaining style on Christmas Day. We used to do a turkey dinner with all the trimmings but somewhere along the line we got smart and decided we were just too tired after all the festivities leading UP to Christmas. So we have adopted a much more laid back menu for our main Christmas Day meal together.

We usually buy a honey baked ham and prepare a few easy sides, but this year my Mom decided to shake things up and made these delicious ham & swiss sliders that were a HUGE HIT with the whole clan! Although they are not gluten free, I didn’t worry about that too much because my son Kell isn’t a fan of ham and cheese….gluten free or not.

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I have since made these TWICE myself and everyone who has had them has agreed they are delicious!! Even got the stamp of approval from Sten, my youngest and pickiest eater.

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I made them the first time with frozen Rhodes rolls that you let rise and bake off, and the second time I made it even easier on myself and bought King’s Hawaiian rolls!  I actually preferred the latter! But the beauty is that you can use whatever you like.

I’m sharing them TODAY because I think they would be great as a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day dish! Especially if you like to do a casual meal like we do.

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Ham & Swiss Sliders

  • 24 white rolls (I’ve used Rhodes frozen rolls and King’s Hawaiian)
  • 24 pieces good deli ham (I used Boar’s Head Maple Honey Ham)
  • 24 small slices swiss cheese (I used Lacy Swiss…yum!)
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup miracle whip

Poppy Seed Sauce

  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

ham sliders

In a small bowl, mix together mayo and miracle whip.

ham sliders

Slice rolls and spread the mayo mixture onto each side (generous!) Place a slice of ham and a slice of swiss cheese inside of each sliced roll. I put TWO slices of each, but they were small.

ham sliders

Put the top on the roll and place into a large baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Place very close together.

ham sliders

ham sliders

In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the poppy seed sauce.

ham sliders

Baste the buns with the sauce.

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Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until the butter starts to solidify.

Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for an additional 2 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

(Sandwiches can be assembled a day ahead and kept in the refrigerator. Allow rolls to come to room temperature before baking.)

ham sliders

The poppy seed sauce really puts these little morsels over the top in the flavor department. I can’t wait to try the same method with other meats and cheeses.

New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night! Make sure to stop at the deli TODAY!  :-)

What is on your New Year’s Eve/Day menu? 

ham sliders

Hot Ham & Swiss Sliders With Poppy Seed Sauce

Jill Nystul
This year my Mom decided to shake things up and made these delicious ham & swiss sliders that were a HUGE HIT with the whole clan! Although they are not gluten-free.
I have since made these TWICE myself and everyone who has had them has agreed they are delicious!! Even got the stamp of approval from Sten, my youngest and pickiest eater.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rest 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 24
Calories 471 kcal

Ingredients
  

HAM & SWISS SLIDERS

  • 24 white rolls I've used Rhodes frozen rolls and King's Hawaiian
  • 24 pieces good deli ham I used Boar's Head Maple Honey Ham
  • 24 small slices swiss cheese I used Lacy Swiss...yum!
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup miracle whip

POPPY SEED SAUCE

  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 500 grams stick butter melted
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

HAM & SWISS SLIDERS

  • In a small bowl, mix together mayo and miracle whip.
  • Slice rolls and spread the mayo mixture onto each side (generous!) Place a slice of ham and a slice of swiss cheese inside of each sliced roll.
  • Put the top on the roll and place into a large baking dish or on a cookie sheet. Place very close together.

POPPY SEED SAUCE

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the poppy seed sauce.
  • Baste the buns with the sauce.
  • Let sit for about 10 minutes, or until the butter starts to solidify.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for an additional 2 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 13gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 587mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 760IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 239mgIron: 10.8mg

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  • My mother has had this recipe for several years. It’s so easy. Her version doesn’t use the Miracle whip or mayonnaise. The sauce is like hers – except for without the mustard powder.

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  • My moms been making these for 20+ years. One of my favorites!! We don’t use mayo or miracle whip you don’t need it and that is a lot of extra fat. We also up the mustard. Also when I prepare them I individually wrap each one in foil and put them all in fridge usually day before. When I need them I bake in oven on a cookie sheet about 20 min straight from fridge then put them in a crockpot to keep warm for potluck or game day snacks….makes them easy for everyone to get their own and enjoy. Individually wrapping also makes it easy to just take a few out and heat up.

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  • Jillee, these were absolutely WONDERFUL! My non-mustard-loving husband was raving about them and ate 4 of them, saying maybe this was the year for him to learn to like mustard. Definitely a “keeper” recipe in our household. Thank you for sharing.

  • These are wonderful. I’ve made these lots of times. I even made them one time for breakfast at the parents (premade the night before, pop in the oven for a few min. the next morning.) For breakfast I now leave the onions out of the sauce. Make it to suit yourself. You don’t like something that’s in it, leave that out. You can also substitute items. :)

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  • My Mom used to make something similar to this with Pepper Ridge Farm Rolls. She could never make enough for the whole family. Just another of one of the many memories that my Mom left for me to cherish when she passed on in April 2004. I hope your recipe instills wonderful memories for all those who try them with their families. They are “Seeds of Love”.

  • love these! The following is a variation of that recipe that our local grocery store had in their flyer:

    1 pkg. Hawaiian rolls – kings or sara lee
    1 lb shaved ham
    12 slices swiss cheese (I used provolone)
    1 8 oz tub chive and onion cream cheese
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tbsp. minced onion
    1/4 cup parmesan cheese

    place bottom of rolls in 9×13 pan, put ham and cheese on bottoms. spread tops with cream cheese and put on ham and cheese, making sandwiches. mix butter, Worcestershire, onion, and parm cheese together and pour over sandwiches. chill for several hours or overnight. bake covered for 20 min. at 350.

    let me know what you think of this variation – happy new year!

  • these are already on my NYE menu, my recipe has no mayo mixture and the sauce is slightly different using dried minced onions and a small amount of sugar, but this version is one I would like to try. Since I do not have any miracle whip and really do not want to make yet another trip to the store, I will save this and will give this version a try next time I make them, the hubs LOVES mayo, so he would probably enjoy these, Thanks!

  • I tried this recipe tonight but made little turkey hamburgers instead. The poppy seed top was delicious. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing your life and experiences.

  • Sliders are a favorite around here. My plans for New Year’s Day is to make a sampling of the Dump Chicken Recipes (& shred), and sliced roast beef & Swiss w/ horseradish sauce. It sounds like a lot of work but its not. I just place the chicken in a covered pot w/ marinade and simmer 30 min or so. The roast beef will be left over from my birthday dinner, tonight. Sounds like the poppy seed sauce would put these over the top. And because I have a super easy 30 Minute Roll recipe, I’ll make them from scratch. You can find the recipe at this site
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  • This recipe has been a staple in my circle of friends “back home” for quite a long time, but were called “funeral sandwiches” since they were usually made on a huge sheet pan by the church ladies for the family dinner following a funeral.

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  • Be very careful about using poppy seeds in your cooking. If you have family member or friend who is subject to occasional drug testing in the workplace, they are in danger of a urine test that will show up as containing opiates. People lose their jobs over such things. I just don’t buy anything that contains poppy seeds. They have no taste anyway, so why use them?

  • I make a version of these but slice the whole pan of rolls without separating them and cut the ham in smaller pieces. Then cut the rolls apart after the baking! Yummy!

  • I make these too, but my recipe calls for minced dried onion in the butter/mustard sauce, in addition to the poppy seeds. Also, I use the Sara Lee traditional dinner rolls, with nothing inside – I’ll have to try it with mayo.

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  • I make a similar recipe with more butter, mustard and poppy seeds on top and no mayo. Love them. I have done them with turkey and they are almost as good as the ham. Great way to use leftovers.

  • I make these all the time using the Hawaiian Sweet rolls! They are so delicious. The only thing is… I do not use mayo/Miracle Whip. Instead, I double (or triple) the mustard sauce and brush that on the inside of the rolls. And I just eliminate the poppy seeds all together to keep the kiddos happy.

  • I’ve never heard of this recipe but it sounds super easy and delicious!! My husband ‘thinks’ he doesn’t like poppyseed (I honestly don’t think he’s ever had it) so I’m considering substituting sesame seed instead. Thanks Jillee!

  • I just had these yesterday. We had a late Christmas gathering for my family and my sister brought them (her version had no poppy seeds) They were gone in a flash and everyone loved them. So simple and yet so yummy!

  • These look like something my family would like. Perfect timing as I was just thinking about what easy meal I can make on New year’s day. What sides do you serve with them?

  • Looks great………….I’m not a fan of either miracle whip or mayo, so I’d go easy on both of those, but the poppyseed sauce sounds wonderful……………..Having company (my best friend ) over on New Years Eve and for the next couple of days after and think I’ll try it out………….HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!!

    • My recipe calls for 3 T mustard in the sauce. It makes it more of an emulsion. This is brushed on both cut sides of rolls. There’s no mayo or MW and nothing on top of the rolls. Much less messy to eat. My recipe also calls for 3 T finely minced onion instead of the powder. I saute these in the butter before adding the mustard and poppy seeds. I usually add more than 1 T poppy seeds too. Originally it called for dinner twin rolls. We like them best on Sara Lee split deli rolls. I make them up and wrap them in foil and we heat and eat as desired.

      I’m guaranteed a visit from my son if I call him and tell him I’ve made these sandwiches. He has a couple of guys at work hooked on them too. Good thing the sauce will cover a dozen deli rolls.

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