Wondering what to do with that leftover Easter ham? Make Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with a sweet tangy Honey Mustard Glaze. It’s a totally irresistible twist on a classic ham and cheese sandwich. Using store-bought pizza dough as the base makes this an easy lunch or dinner with only 7 ingredients. Our Kansas City Easter started with snow (!?) and ended with beautiful, bright sunshine. We had a whole house full of friends and family that dug into this tasty spread including a giant ham (and this strata…because when do I not make it for brunch). Of which we had many, many leftovers.
Are we the only ones with a mountain of Easter ham in the fridge? The good news is that all of that leftover ham can be transformed into a new meal in the form of Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls. There’s something about that rolled shape that makes them even more lovable than the classic sandwich. Included in this rolled food genre are these Cheesy Pizza Pinwheels that I’m planning to make next.
Now that we’ve got the ham surplus figured out, if only we had a plan for all the eggs…
1) Roll out Pizza Dough
Start with 1 lb of pizza dough (store-bought or home-made) rolled into a rectangle. No need to be precise, just about as tall from top to bottom as your 8×8 baking dish, and double that length from side-to-side. A lopsided rectangle is just fine (see evidence below).
2) Brush with Butter
Melt 1/2 cup (1 stick) of unsalted butter in the microwave. Brush the pizza dough with about 1 Tablespoon of butter and reserve the rest for the glaze.
3) Top with Ham and Cheese
Top the pizza dough with ham. Don’t worry if the ham is fairly thick-cut, just make sure that the slices don’t overlap.
And then top with cheese in a single layer.
4) Roll and Slice
Roll up from bottom to top.
Slice into 9 even pieces and place in a greased 8×8 baking dish.
5) Allow to Rise
Let the rolls rise for 20 minutes while you whisk the remaining butter with mustard, honey and poppy seeds (yum!).
6) Top with Glaze and Bake
Pour the glaze over the rolls and bake at 400 degrees F for 25 minutes until the dough is cooked through and the tops are golden brown.
And when they come out, good luck waiting any longer than a minute or two before you dig in.
These rolls are seriously good.
Need a little inspiration to see how quick and easy this recipe is? Check out the video below.
- 1 lb Pizza Dough (store-bought or home-made)
- ½ cup Unsalted Butter
- 8 large slices Ham (thinner slices will roll easier)
- 8 large slices Swiss or Provolone Cheese
- 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds
- If the pizza dough is refrigerated, take it out of the fridge 20 minutes before you begin so that it comes to room temperature (this will make it easier to work with).
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
- Roll pizza dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is roughly 16" x 8" (just use the baking dish as a guide, no need to be exact).
- Heat butter in the microwave until melted. Brush the surface of the rectangle lightly with melted butter (this should require about 1 Tablespoon of butter), and set the remaining butter aside.
- Top the pizza dough with ham and then with cheese each in a single layer with no slices overlapping.
- Starting with the edge closest to you, roll the pizza dough up into a log so that the ham and cheese is on the inside. Use a serrated knife to slice the roll into 9 even pieces. Place the pieces in the prepared baking dish and set aside to rise for 20 minutes.
- Whisk remaining butter with mustard, honey and poppy seeds. After the dough has risen slightly, pour honey mustard glaze over the top of the rolls. (This will look like a lot of sauce, but that's what makes it so good!)
- Bake the rolls until the dough is cooked through and golden on top, 20-25 minutes.
- Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.
Molly and Clara were VERY excited about their visit from the “Eater” Bunny.