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Hallelujah Ham Loaves (also known as ham and cheese sliders) – Stuffed with chopped sweet ham, plenty of shredded Swiss, diced onions and poppy seeds, these easy make-ahead hearty sliders are just the thing for your office party, anytime get-together, or football-frenzied hoopla!
Long before sliders became a ‘thing,’ these little party sandwiches were a favorite among our friends and co-workers. This recipe for ham and cheese sliders has been around almost forever, but I first became a fan when a co-worker brought them to an office party way back in the 1980’s. Inspired by a recipe in Dinner on the Diner, a Junior League Cookbook published in 1983 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, these have been a family favorite for years. The cookbook highlights the “delicacies of Southern cooking on the rails” (think Chattanooga Choo-Choo) and was crazy popular in our community.
Originally served on 60 small Pepperidge Farms Party Rolls (which I don’t think you can buy anymore) our ham and cheese sliders are made on the larger, super famous, King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. If you can find small appetizer sized dinner rolls, half the size of the Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, these make easy to eat finger-friendly party food. But who am I kidding? Guys love these cheesy, buttery ham stuffed treats, and I do too. This recipe makes 36 well-stuffed sandwiches, or 24 ooey-gooey finish with a fork treats. If you’re serving these buffet style, I say go with 36. If you’re serving on plates and using forks, go fat and cheesy with 24! One of the things I love about serving these at a party is you can bake one pan at a time and serve them hot in about 20 minutes.
You should try these on our delicious Homemade Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Oh so delicious! They’re rich and buttery of course, but if you love a good ham and cheese, you’ll love these. Our Hallelujah Ham Loaves are easily made ahead, and totally freezable too! Party prep just got so much easier 🙂
If you have already baked leftovers, no worries, they freeze great too. Divide them into individual size portions (2-3) and freeze for a quick and easy weekday lunch. My husband is always happy about having a few of these ham and cheese sliders hiding in the freezer.
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- 16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided
- 3 tablespoons poppy seeds, plus more for garnish
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
- 1 cup sweet onion, minced
- 1 pound sweet boneless cooked ham, minced
- 16 ounces Swiss cheese, shredded, divided
- 36 large dinner rolls (like King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, beat together 14 tablespoons of softened butter, poppy seeds, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard until blended.
Add the minced onion, ham and cheese and fold together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
Slice the rolls in half lengthwise and place cut side up in a 13x9-inch baking pan lined with parchment or place on sheets of foil large enough to cover the rolls. Divide the ham mixture equally on top of the three pans of rolls. Cover with the top half of the rolls. Cover with a double thickness of foil to seal. (If desired, seal and refrigerate or freeze at this point.)
TIPS: If made ahead and refrigerated, bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes before baking. If frozen, thaw overnight in the refrigerator then set out for 30 minutes before baking.
Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until heated through. If making 24 thicker rolls, bake for an additional 5 minutes. Melt the remaining two tablespoons of butter and brush on top of the hot rolls, if desired. Sprinkle with poppy seeds and serve.
- Adapted from the 1983 Junior League of Chattanooga Cookbook - Dinner on the Diner
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Appetizers are perfect for so many occasions, but this time of year it’s all about football! Our Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip is always a favorite on the food table, as is our easy to make-ahead Party Cheese Ball. These Buffalo Chicken Roll Up Appetizers are also easy to make, and oh-so-good. And finally, don’t miss our filling Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins with Blue Cheese Dip.
If you’re still crushing on sliders … check out these Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sliders from Belly Full. Holly from Spend with Pennies has me drooling with these Reuben Sandwich Sliders and this juicy Gouda Grilled Onion Slider Recipe from She Wears Many Hats looks fantastic!
Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy your party 🙂