So I have an embarrassing story. This past summer, a friend of ours was having people over to hang out, eat, and drink before one of the Ohio State Buckeye games. The weather was nice so he was going to grill up some burgers, everyone was invited to bring whatever they desired but nothing was required. I, as the overachiever that I am, wanted to make something to wow the crowd. But, being lazy as I am, wanted something easy. I decided to make a slider recipe because sliders are filling, fun, and easy. People can grab one, or multiple – they are delicious and cheesy – what is not to like? I have tried out a few different variations over the years, but I have always had favorite that has stood out among the rest. Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders.
A Cautionary Tale about Broiling
I prepare the recipe as I normally would, then I bring the sliders over to our friends house to bake. The sliders only take about 10-12 minutes in the oven, so no big deal. I throw them in, everything is going fine and dandy. After about 20 minutes though, the cheese STILL hasn’t fully melted the way I want it to. I think back to in my mind, I recall my mom wants telling me that she would put French onion soup in the broiler to crisp up and melt the cheese on top. I figure – I’ll just keep them in for 2-3 minutes. Broil – on.
WOO-WOO-WOO (SIRENS BLARING!!!) THIS WAS MY MISTAKE!! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
Approximately 2 minutes later – the oven is SMOKING! My sliders are COMPLETELY BURNT – and the fire alarm is going off in our friend’s BRAND NEW HOUSE. Everyone is yelling, what is happening? I am SO embarrassed – my sliders are ruined! And here I am, a self-proclaimed “food blogger” – And I burnt my very own creation!
The worst part? Since the house was new, our friend didn’t knew the security system code and couldn’t turn the fire alarm off for hours!! It was terrible.
I ended up sending him a gift card to the local wings place that he and Jake always go to because I was so embarrassed and wanted to apologize!
Guys, I am pretty sure a firetruck even drove by to check out the scene. TERRIBLE!
LESSON LEARNED FOLKS!
You CAN indeed broil meat and/or cheese, but you canNOT broil bread! Especially, butter soaked bread!
After all was said and done, I sliced off the burnt portion of the sliders and guess what – they were still good! So really truly, you can’t mess these babies up! They will still taste phenomenal. Just maybe remove the blackened bread if you end up having a broil fiasco, like me!
Back to the Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders
These Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are amazing and SO INCREDIBLY EASY!
All you need: one pack of soft Hawaiian rolls, layered with salty ham…
And creamy provolone or swiss cheese…
All drizzled with a buttery mustard glaze…
And baked to perfection!
Mmmmmm mmmm tasty! Enjoy with kettle-cooked potato chips and a beer or soda for an unhealthy, but scrumptious meal.
Soft Hawaiian rolls, layered with salty ham and creamy provolone/swiss cheese - all drizzled with a buttery mustard glaze.
- 1 package King's Hawaiian rolls 12-count
- 1/2 lb sliced deli ham
- 1/4 lb provolone or swiss cheese
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce optional
- 1 1/2 tsp poppy seeds optional
Cut rolls in half. Place bottoms of rolls onto a baking pan or into a pyrex casserole dish.
Layer ham and cheese onto roll bottoms, evenly distributing ham and cheese. Place roll tops on top of ham and cheese.
In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients - stir to combine. Pour butter/mustard mixture over rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside to soak for 10 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F. Bake at 350F, covered with foil for 10 minutes. Remove foil and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until cheese has melted and rolls begin to brown (do NOT broil).
Remove from oven - slice and serve warm!
Storage: Best enjoyed warm from the oven. For leftovers: Wrap in foil then refrigerate for 3-4 days.
Looking for more game day appetizers to share with your family and friends? Check out my next post for a list of the 26 BEST Superbowl Snacks