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Ham Delights (Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders)

Ham delights are an old-school Southern favorite. This is an updated version of the classic recipe. It uses delicious honey-dijon butter, everything bagel seasoning, and sweet Hawaiian-style rolls to make irresistible little baked ham and cheese sandwiches. 

A Southern style ham and cheese sandwich being served.

Different versions of these show up at funerals & church potlucks all over the South. Ham Delights are oven-baked ham and cheese sliders. They are ooey-gooey, salty, sweet, buttery, and a little bit sticky. If you’ve never had them, you are in for a treat. I craved these when I was pregnant with my son. 

There are so many variations of this old-fashioned dish. It’s been around forever. This is a bit of an update on the way I’ve seen them served. 

They work equally well with sliced deli ham or leftover holiday ham. Ham delights are the perfect use for leftover holiday ham from Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Try dipping them in some of your leftover cranberry sauce and you’ll be looking forward to leftover ham all year long! If you’re looking for more slider recipes, check out my Roast Beef Sliders and Turkey Cranberry Sliders.

Ingredients for ham delights

Ingredients for Southern ham delights on a cutting board.

A package of Hawaiian-style sweet dinner rolls, like Kings Hawaiian. 

I use good ‘ol sliced deli ham in this recipe, but they are a great way to use leftover glazed ham. The perfect planned use of Easter leftovers! 

Sliced cheddar and Swiss melt together to add a gooey and delicious layer of flavor. 

Forget that old-school, gloopy, mayonnaisey concoction. Spread these babies with a sweet, savory, and slightly tangy honey-dijon butter.

Add in some everything bagel seasoning, and we’re ready for a party. Use my everything bagel seasoning recipe to make your own. It’s super easy!

This updated classic still hits all the nostalgic feels and is a real crowd-pleaser! 

How to make ham delights

You’ll need a 9×13 baking dish to make these in. A good serrated bread knife will make cutting easy. 

Preheat oven to 350 and spray the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish cooking spray.

Stir everything together to make the honey-dijon butter.

Slice the entire thing of rolls in half horizontally without pulling them apart. They should look like 1 giant hamburger bun.

Spread honey-dijon butter all over the insides.

Hawaiian rolls spread with honey-dijon butter and everything bagel seasoning.

Place the bottom layer of the rolls in a baking dish. Layer everything together and place the top on.

Cheese slices on top of buns in a glass baking dish.

Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle them more everything bagel seasoning.

Hawaiian roll sliders with everything bagel seasoning.

Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake until hot and melted.

Let them rest for a few minutes before you remove the foil. Use a serrated bread knife to slice through the ham and cheese and cut into individual rolls. 

Serve them hot.

Hot ham delights in a glass baking dish.
A plate of oven baked ham and cheese sandwiches.

How to serve baked ham and cheese sliders

Are Ham Delights part of your repertoire? Let me know in the comments!

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Ham Delights

Southern style ham and cheese sandwich being served with a spatula.

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Ham delights are a Southern favorite. This updated classic uses honey-dijon butter, everything bagel seasoning, and sweet Hawaiian rolls.

  • Author: Mandi
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 sliders 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches & Wraps
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Southern

Ingredients

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Honey Dijon Butter Spread

  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of everything bagel seasoning

Assemble the sliders

  • Cooking spray or butter for greasing the pan
  • 1 12-count pack of Hawaiian-style sweet dinner rolls, sides attached
  • 8 ounces sliced deli ham or glazed ham
  • 4 ounces deli-style sliced Swiss cheese(6 slices)
  • 4 ounces deli-style sliced cheddar cheese (6 slices)

Topping

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350

  1. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Add the softened butter, honey, dijon, Worcestershire, and everything bagel seasoning to a small bowl. Stir together and set aside.
  3. Slice the entire thing of rolls in half horizontally without pulling them apart. They should look like 1 giant hamburger bun.
  4. Spread honey dijon butter on the inside of the top and bottom halves of the rolls.
  5. Place the bottom layer of the rolls in a baking dish.
  6. Cover the bottom with a layer of sliced ham. Then, layer on both kinds of cheese.
  7. Place the top layer of rolls on.
  8. Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 teaspoons of everything bagel seasoning.
  9. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil. Bake for 20 minutes until hot and melted.
  10. Remove from the oven. Leave the foil on and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove the foil. Use a serrated bread knife to slice through the ham and cheese and cut into individual rolls. 

Notes

  • Serve them hot.
  • If you want to make them ahead of time, you can assemble and cover them with foil the night before. Bake them when you’re ready to serve.
  • You can double the recipe (use 24 rolls) and bake the whole thing in a 9×13 baking dish.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 slider
  • Calories: 252
  • Sugar: 6.1 g
  • Sodium: 490.4 mg
  • Fat: 14.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.7 g
  • Fiber: 1.2 g
  • Protein: 10.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 58.2 mg

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Frequently asked questions

Do I have to use deli ham?

Nope, These are a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!

Can I double the recipe?

Yes. Double the recipe (use 24 rolls) and bake the whole thing in a 9×13 baking dish.

How do I keep them from getting dry and hard? 

Covering the sliders with foil during baking will keep them from drying out. It also keeps the tops from getting burnt and ensures they get hot and melty.

How do I keep the sliders from getting soggy?

Some recipes drench the whole thing with a pour-over sauce. Honestly, those things are a soggy mess. Instead, spread the honey-dijon butter inside the rolls. It keeps them perfectly intact and makes them easy to pick up and eat without sacrificing flavor. 

Can I reheat them? 

Yes, you can reheat the leftovers. 
In the microwave on a plate in 15-second intervals until hot.
In the oven- wrap leftovers in foil and bake at 350 for a few minutes, until hot.

Can I make them ahead?

Yep. Assemble and cover with foil the night before and bake them when you’re ready to serve.

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