I just love these sandwiches. It’s an easy and crowd pleasing versatile recipe. You can easily adapted it to any flavor combination or party theme! Ham and cheese is the original and classic recipe, but I’ve added other combination ideas below. While the original recipe includes mayonnaise, I find it unnecessary and with the Florida heat, mayonnaise spoils quickly. The buttery mustard sauce is so delicious, you won’t even miss the mayo. If mayo is a must, I would suggest to serve it as a condiment.
HERE’S HOW I MADE THEM
Melt the butter in a sauce pan. Remove from heat and combine with mustard, Worcestershire sauce, minced onions and poppy seeds and set aside. With a serrated knife, cut the rolls lengthwise through the middle, separating the top from the bottom. Spread some mustard sauce on the bottom bun and begin to layer the ham and cheese. Top with the bun and score the sliders. Transfer onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Using a silicone brush, spread remaining mustard sauce evenly over the sliders. Loosely cover with foil.
Bake in a 350°F preheated oven, in the center rack for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until tops are golden, about 5-10 minutes, depending on your oven.
1 – Go with foil or parchment paper for easy clean up! Measure enough parchment a little more than the width of the pan making it easy to pull out by the ends later on. After baking, just lift the parchment tabs and easily remove them. Bonus – clean pan! Just make sure you’re using parchment and not wax paper.
2 – Spread some of the mustard butter sauce on the bottom roll prior to layering the ham and cheese. This allows the bread to soak up some of that awesome sauce.
3 – Score through the ham and cheese before baking. It’s much easier to cut through cold sandwiches than hot ones. Once scored (or cut all the way through), assemble in the baking dish (loosely cover with foil/parchment paper) and brush the sauce over the sandwiches just before baking. You don’t want to do this step ahead of time as the bun will become soggy.
OTHER FLAVOR PROFILES TO CONSIDER:
Turkey, apple slices, apricot jam and brie cheese
Pastrami, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing and Swiss cheese
Buffalo chicken, ranch dressing and blue cheese
“Cubano” – ham, roasted pork, mustard, pickles and Swiss cheese
Adapted from King’s Hawaiian original recipe.
King’s Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Sliders
The perfect party sandwich topped with a luxurious mustard butter sauce. Children of all ages love these little versatile sandwiches.
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted prefer Plugra or Kerrygold brand
- 1 ½ Tablespoons Dijon or Country mustard prefer Grey Poupon brand
- 1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
- 24 rolls Hawaiian King Rolls
- ¾ – 1 pound deli sweet slice ham, thin slices
- ¾ – 1 pound baby swiss cheese, thin slices
Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line your baking tray with foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
In a bowl, whisk together the melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, dry minced onion and poppy seeds. Set the mustard sauce aside.
With a serrated knife, cut the rolls lengthwise across the middle separating the tops from the bottoms. Lightly spread some of the mustard sauce on the bottom roll for extra flavor.
Layer the ham and cheese evenly, ensuring all the edges have ham and cheese. Cover with the bun tops. Score through the ham and cheese and place them in the baking dish.
Using a silicone brush, spread the remaining mustard sauce evenly over the sliders. Make sure you get that delicious butter sauce in the scored nooks and crannies.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for 5-10 minutes, until golden brown. Ensure they are sliced through, plate and serve.
Adapted from King’s Hawaiian recipe.