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.
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 holiday leftover recipes, check out my Turkey Cranberry Sliders.
Ingredients for ham delights
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 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.
Place the bottom layer of the rolls in a baking dish. Layer everything together and place the top on.
Brush the tops with melted butter and sprinkle them more 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.
Frequently asked questions
Nope, These are a great way to use up leftover holiday ham!
Yes. Double the recipe (use 24 rolls) and bake the whole thing in a 9×13 baking dish.
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.
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.
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.
Yep. Assemble and cover with foil the night before and bake them when you’re ready to serve.
How to serve baked ham and cheese sliders
- They pair well with salads like this veggie-loaded pasta salad or this fresh strawberry salad.
- They are also great with chips, baked beans, or coleslaw.
- Serve them for supper.
- Take them to a potluck, bring them tailgating, or serve them at a party.
- Make them part of a brunch spread.
- Use leftover holiday ham and dip them in homemade cranberry sauce.
Are Ham Delights part of your repertoire? Let me know in the comments!
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