Easy Summertime Meal: Hot Ham and Swiss SlidersWritten by Lillian Tram on May 28th, 2014
Ham and Swiss Sliders with Tasty Poppy Seed Sauce
I found this recipe online and adapted it to suit my needs, serving these sliders to my hungry family at an outdoor birthday event. They were so easy to make ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until time to heat and serve. I used a covered casserole dish to serve these mini hot ham and Swiss sandwiches which made transporting them to the picnic a breeze.
The sliders were a huge success as I had only four sandwiches left after serving two pans full. Best of all, there was very little cooking and the assembly was easy. The most important thing to remember is to choose the very best tasting brands of ham, Swiss and dressing for optimal flavor. This recipe is extremely versatile and it will be easy to make small changes to suit your own needs.
Assembly of the Ham and Swiss Sliders
24 white dinner rolls
24 pieces of your favorite deli ham
24 small slices of quality Swiss cheese
1/2 cup Miracle Whip or mayo
Assembly is quite simple, starting with the delicious rolls to use for buns on your sliders. Sara Lee Dinner Rolls, Rhode’s Frozen Rolls, and King’s Hawaiian Rolls are the three best available to use in my area so I went with Sara Lee. Cut each roll in half to form a bun and pile on the goodies.
I put two slices of meat on each sandwich and a generous amount of Swiss on top, and then placed each mini slider into the casserole dish. Try to place the finished sandwiches really close together in the pan so the bread won’t become soggy when you add the poppy seed sauce. This is your stopping point if making these ham and Swiss sliders in advance. Cover and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to continue.
After all of the mini ham and Swiss sliders have been assembled, it is time to make the poppy seed sauce. Don’t be afraid to be creative, adding things to make this recipe your own. Here are your base requirements for the sauce.
Poppy Seed Sauce Ingredients:
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1 Tbsp of yellow mustard
1 stick of unsalted or regular butter, melted
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce
Start by melting the butter in a sauce pan or microwave safe bowl and slowly add all ingredients until everything is mixed well together. Heat the sauce and allow to cool for a few minutes so the flavor can develop a bit before applying to the TOP of each slider. Use a pastry brush until every mini sandwich has an ample amount of seasoning. Again, wait at least ten minutes to allow the sauce to soak into the buns.
In the small town where I live, poppy seeds were unavailable so I chose a good quality Poppy Seed salad dressing from which to start my base. Finding poppy seeds and making your own sauce will likely be best but in a pinch, the dressing works too. This recipe is so versatile and quick, the changes were a success and no one knew the difference. If you like, throw in a little brown sugar and switch the yellow mustard for the spicy brown variety.
Cover both casserole dishes filled with sliders using aluminum foil and bake in the oven at 350 degrees. Check after ten minutes and again after twelve minutes. The sliders are ready when the Swiss cheese is nicely melted. Uncover and cook for an additional three minutes and serve immediately.