You’ll love these Brown Sugar Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders w/VT Cheddar! Layer sweet Hawaiian rolls with sliced ham and VT cheddar cheese. Then brush with a sweet and spicy brown sugar glaze and bake. Heaven on a plate!
This summer was one of the best I can remember in a long, long time. We packed in a lot of new and different things. I’ll fill you in more about it in a personal post soon.
Split the store bought Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally.
One very special thing we did this past summer was join my aunt, cousin and family up at their lovely summer cottage on Joe’s Pond in Danville, VT for a long weekend.
Fit bottoms into a lightly greased 15″ X 10″ pyrex pan.
The cottage has been in my extended family for as long as I can remember, maybe even before I was born. And it holds many sweet memories through the years. We held family reunions there, and our various families rented cottages around the lake.
Layer thinly sliced ham on top.
During the daytime, we’d hike, fish, sail, water ski, chat and play tennis. Evenings, we gathered together for gourmet meals at a different cottage each night, often taking canoes, motorboats or kayaks across the pond to get there.
Layer sharp cheddar cheese slices on top of the ham.
After dinner, various teams washed and dried, stories were told, songs harmonized and games played with much laughter and hilarity. This is what I remember from our sweet times together growing up.
Pour sweet and spicy butter sauce over the sliders.
A highlight of spending time with my extended family is always the excellent food. My mom, aunts and cousins seem to instinctively know how to make wonderfully delicious meals with fresh ingredients that feed multitudes. It must be in the genes.
This past summer was no exception. Up at the cottage, we were treated to a number of scrumptious new recipes. On Sunday morning after church, my aunt made us these fabulous Brown Sugar Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders w/VT Cheddar I’m sharing with you today!
So delicious and easy to make. You basically layer a generous ham and cheese sandwich on store-bought King’s Hawaiian rolls. (Or generic Hawaiian rolls work too). Then brush with the sweet and spicy sauce.
The sauce is made of melted butter, brown sugar, dry mustard, Worcestershire sauce and poppy seeds. Bring. It. On!
My Charlie (12) loves these sliders so much. Weeks after we came home, he was still bugging me to ask my aunt for the recipe. She kindly shared and we had them here for a party last weekend. Big hit, and no surprise. Hope you enjoy them too!
Tips for Making Brown Sugar Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders w/VT Cheddar:
- It’s best to use the size Pyrex pan recommended, 10″ X 15″. Two packages of King’s Hawaiian rolls fits perfectly in that size pan. I tried to get away with using two differently sized pans on my first attempt. It didn’t work well, because there was extra space in each pan, and the sauce ran into the extra pan space, rather than absorbing into the sandwiches. (On my second attempt, I bought the 10 X 15″ Pyrex pan at Bed, Bath and Beyond (using a 20% off coupon of course) — and it was fairly inexpensive.)
- I had good luck using both a serrated bread knife and a serrated electric knife to cut the rolls in half horizontally.
- It was tough to slice through the individual sandwiches for serving once they were baked. (The ham is so thick, not complaining or anything.) But a sharp pair of kitchen shears cut cleanly through the hot sliders without squishing them.
Brown Sugar Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders (w/VT Cheddar)
- 2 packages King's Hawaiian Rolls 24 rolls
- 1 pound VT cheddar cheese sliced
- 2 pounds ham thinly sliced
Brown Sugar Sauce
- 1 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 325°.
- Split rolls in half.
- Fit bottom halves into a lightly greased 4 quart, 10" X 15" Pyrex dish.
- Layer ham, then cheese onto bottoms.
- Finish off with roll tops and set aside.
- Whisk together melted butter, brown sugar, poppy seeds, dry mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
- Pour/brush mixture evenly over tops of sandwiches.
- Cover very tightly with foil.
- (At this point can refrigerate overnight if needed.)
- Bake covered at 325° for 25 minutes.
- Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve immediately.
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