Use up your leftover Easter Ham by making these easy baked ham and swiss sliders. They’re easy, bursting with flavor and perfect for lunch or dinner.
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I love and live for leftovers. Great restaurant, holiday meal, mom’s cooking, I love it all the next day. But as great as leftovers can be, eating leftovers for 3+ meals can just about ruin the joy of getting to enjoy that special meal again. Instead of dreading leftovers, I’m sharing a few ideas to give your Easter ham a new life.
How these ham and swiss sliders fit into my lifestyle
One of the best and worst parts of celebrating the holidays is the leftovers. Yummy ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, rolls, they’re all delicious day of, and for leftovers. But those leftovers only go so far. After a couple repeats of Easter or another holiday dinner, I’m so over it. No matter how delicious and free those leftovers were. Instead of dreading dinner or losing my appetite thinking about yet another night of leftovers, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to use ham that’s not a total repeat of Easter dinner. These easy ham and cheese sliders are the perfect way to reduce food waste without getting as bored with leftovers.
Also, did I mention that these sliders are one of the few dishes I can eat for more than 2 meals in a row? These sliders, leftover Thai food, and tortellini, I can eat those for dayzzz and not get tired of them. They’re that good!
How it’ll make your life easier
Batch cooking proteins can save you a ton of time and effort, instead of cooking chicken, or beef, or something every night, you can take some time to cook a large portion of protein, then use it in a few dishes through the week. It’ll save you time, money, lead you to get a bit more creative in the kitchen, and allow you to eat different dinners instead of the exact same dish night after night. It’s kind of the perfect marriage of convenience and variety, especially if you’re mainly cooking for yourself. These ham and swiss sliders fit the bill.
Instead of just making enough for one dinner, make a whole pan. I promise you, you’ll want at least one day’s worth of leftovers, and this will give you that or 2 days!
Quick Notes on This Recipe
What rolls do you use?
Have you tried a ham sandwich on King’s Hawaiian Rolls? If not, try it. They’re sweet, buttery, and pair really well with ham and swiss cheese.
What’s the best ham to use?
I highly recommend using leftover spiral cut ham, like this one. It’s thick, sweet, juicy, and bursting with flavor. Using leftover holiday ham will make delicious sandwiches. If you want to make these sliders without leftover ham, just use your favorite deli meat. it’ll be almost as good, but so much easier than baking a ham!
How do you make the mustard glaze?
The dijon mustard topping is really the best part of these ham sliders. It adds some crunchiness, tang, and deep flavor. All you have to do is mix together butter, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, and some poppy seeds (or if you’re lazy like me, and have chia seeds, but no poppy seeds, use those instead, and don’t say a word!). Mix all these ingredients in a small bowl, heat it up in the microwave to mostly melt the butter, and spread on the sandwiches.
How do you assemble the ham and swiss sliders?
You’ll want to assemble the sandwiches in a baking pan. for 9 sliders, I used an 8x8in pan, but if you are making them for a crowd or lots of leftovers, you can make 12 sliders in a 9x13in baking pan. Slice the bread in half, so you can place the meat, cheese, & spread the mayonnaise in between to make sandwiches. Note that you leave the rolls attached together, like a sheet. You’ll cut them apart after baking.
Place the bottom half of the rolls on the baking pan. Slather them with mayonnaise.
Distribute ham slices on rolls, so the whole sheet of rolls is covered with ham. Top with 4 slices of cheese, to cover the rolls. Place top of rolls over ham and cheese.
Pour butter and mustard mix over sandwiches, spread evenly over the rolls with a spatula
Cover with an oven safe lid or tin foil, then bake at 350 degrees, covered for 12 minutes, then another 3 minutes uncovered so they crisp up.
Divide into individual sliders by cutting each roll from the pan. Use a serrated knife for an easier time cutting the ham.
5 other recipes to use your leftover ham
-ham, cheese, and veggie omelet
–Easy Pasta Carbonara, use ham instead of prosciutto
-cold ham sandwich
-ham fried rice
-Spanish tortilla (add the ham to this recipe, use whatever vegetables you have on hand)
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Ham and Swiss Sliders
- cutting board
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cups
- 8×8 Baking Dish
- small mixing bowl
- Pastry Brush
- 9 Kings Hawaiian rolls leave as a sheet of rolls
- 4-6 slices spiral cut ham
- 4 slices swiss cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon poppy seeds or chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice rolls in half, so there is a top and bottom sheet of rolls to place ham and cheese between. Place bottom half sheet of rolls in 8×8 baking dish.
- Spread mayonnaise on rolls. Layer ham on top of mayonnaise. One layer of ham slices is enough, unless you love ham.
- Place four slices of swiss cheese next to each other on top of the ham. Overlap cheese if slices are too big to cover ham.
- Place top sheet of rolls on top of ham and swiss.
- Mix together butter mixture. Add butter, dijon mustard, garlic salt, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave until butter is mostly melted, about 15 seconds.
- Pour butter mixture over rolls, spread evenly with the back of a spoon or pastry brush. Cover with oven safe silicon lid or tin foil. Bake for 12 minutes, then uncover and bake for 3 more, or until crispy and browned.
- Remove from oven when browned, and transfer to a cutting board with a spatula or just flip the sliders over onto the cutting board. Slice into 9 sliders with a serrated knife, serve immediately.
- Use leftover holiday ham for these sandwiches or your favorite deli sliced ham
- Eat cold, microwaved, or even better broiled for leftovers
- Store covered, in the fridge