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How do you use leftover ham? I am not a leftover fan, but I love these Ham and Cheese Sliders or as we like to call them Hammy Sammies, made with ham, cheese, Hawaiian King’s Rolls and a to-die-for brown sugar, Dijon, Worcestershire butter sauce!
Did you know that these sandwiches are also commonly called Funeral Sandwiches? You might ask, “what are funeral sandwiches?” Good question, they are sandwiches that are common in the South, taken to funerals. Sorry, couldn’t resist.
The beauty is you don’t need to have leftover ham to make them! Wonderful for any occasion; whether bringing to a potluck, for a family in need, Superbowl Party, holiday appetizer, Easter brunch, Christmas afternoon, Father’s Day or quite possibly simply for dinner!
So how do you make these ham and cheese sliders with brown sugar? My biggest tip, is these funeral sandwiches need to “marinate” in the sauce for 4 hours, it can even hang out in the refrigerator overnight.
The basic ingredients are listed below, for full measurements please print the recipe card at the and of the post.
- King’s Hawaiian Rolls (package of 12, or other similar slider rolls)
- Meat | I used leftover ham, but I’ve also used shaved ham or deli ham; you may also try these Turkey & Cheese Sliders.
- Cheese | I love ham and Swiss cheese, but again, use any cheese you choose!
- Sauce | For this delicious, savory sauce, we use butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard.
By the way, if you love a delicious, gooey sandwich then you have to try these Cheesesteak Sandwiches, using shaved beef!
How to Make Funeral Sandwiches
Start by opening yourself a package of those yummy King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls. Using a serrated bread knife, slice the entire pack of rolls in half.
Next start the process for what separates the “Hawaiian Hammy Sammy” from being a plain ol’ ham and cheese.
Melt your butter in a small saucepan over low heat, add Worcestershire sauce.
Then add the mustard, use regular yellow mustard or dijon, I like it both ways. This little measuring cup is one of my favorite kitchen tools!
Then plunk the the packed brown sugar into the saucepan.
Bring to a simmer for a few seconds until it thickens slightly, maybe 40-60 seconds or so, stirring while it bubbles.
Place the leftover ham on top of of the rolls. Then the cheese, you can use any type, but ham and Swiss cheese are the bomb.
TIP: The thinner the cheese slices the more easily it will melt.
Place the tops back on, again separating into 4 columns, matching tops. Drizzle the sauce evenly over the tops of the rolls, making sure it oozes over the sides and onto the bottom of the pan.
Gently lift up the edges of the columns and tilt your pan slightly to allow the sauce to get under the rolls; the crusty, sweet goodness is too good to skip this step!
Cover tightly with foil that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
Place in refrigerator for east least 4 hours, overnight is fine too.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°. Place hammy sammies in oven keeping covered first 6 minutes, then uncover for balance of baking (this allows the stuck on sweet butter sauce to release from the foil back on to the rolls). Bake until cheese melted, sauce is bubbly and tops are slightly crispy.
TIP | Many of these recipes have poppy seeds sprinkled on top, I am not a huge fan of poppy seeds (they get stuck in my teeth, ya know), so I leave them off. But please, feel free to sprinkle some on top after drizzling with the amazing brown sugar butter sauce.
Let the sliders cool just slightly and serve. These are fabulous warm or room temp. Try them with turkey and cheddar, or sliced chicken with mozzarella cheese, turkey and provolone, the combinations are endless. Okay maybe not…the ham and swiss are our favorites though!
Can I freeze Hammy Sammies?
Hammy Sammies or funeral sandwiches are extremely freezer friendly, make up a bunch ahead of time and pop in the freezer. If frozen cook in a 50° cooler oven for 15-20 minutes longer. Recommended to thaw in fridge before baking, bake as directed.
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