Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard Glaze

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These ham and cheese rolls are layered with savory ham, filled with melty cheese, and covered in a mouthwatering, tangy honey and Dijon mustard glaze. Using store-bought pizza dough is the time-saving trick that makes this recipe quick and easy.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls in a red baking dish

If you’re hosting a game day gathering, there’s one dish you can always depend on to be a hit: ham and cheese rolls. The irresistible combination of salty ham covered in melted cheese, warm pizza dough, and the most amazing honey-mustard glaze to ever grace a sandwich is what makes this dish disappear as soon as it hits the table.

When you need a recipe that is make-ahead-friendly, works for just about every occasion, and is family-friendly too, make these ham and cheese rolls your go-to! Their golden brown exterior, warm, chewy center, and rich, buttery and tangy flavor will have everyone asking for more.

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raw pizza dough with butter
ham slices on raw pizza dough

How to Make It

  1. Prep the dough. Roll pizza dough out and brush with butter. 
  2. Add ham and cheese. Top the pizza dough with ham and then with cheese. Be sure no slices overlap.
ham and cheese slices on raw pizza dough
ham and cheese pizza dough rolled into a log

3. Roll the dough. Roll the pizza dough away from you and into a log shape. Slice into 9 even pieces.

4. Allow to rise. 20 minutes is all it takes for the dough to rise. In the meantime, make the honey mustard glaze.

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls before baking
Ham and Cheese Rolls in a red baking dish

5. Bake. Pour honey mustard glaze over the rolls and bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

6. Serve. Ham and cheese rolls are great warm or at room temperature.

adding honey mustard to Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls

Ingredients

  • Pizza Dough – One of the best things about this easy recipe is that it gets even easier when you use store-bought pizza dough. Home-made dough also works.
  • Unsalted Butter – For extra yummy, buttery flavor. Stick with unsalted butter to control the salt level.
  • Ham slices – Use traditional sliced deli ham, honey ham, or Black Forest ham. Just like with the cheese slices, thinner pieces are easier to roll.  
  • Swiss or Provolone Cheese – If you purchase the Swiss or Provolone cheese from your local deli, ask for thinner slices. This will make assembling the rolls a breeze.
  • Dijon Mustard, Honey – Sharp, tart and tangy Dijon mustard combined with sweet honey is the absolute best condiment for ham and cheese sandwiches. 
  • Poppy Seeds – Poppy seeds add extra texture to each cheesy bite.
Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls in a red baking dish

Make Ahead

This dish is really easy to make ahead. When the rolls come out of the oven, allow them to cool completely. Store the cool rolls in an airtight container overnight. When you’re ready to serve, reheat in the microwave or in the oven. If you use the oven method, cover the dish with foil first.

You can also assemble the rolls a day ahead, refrigerate, and bake before serving. 

How to Store

Store leftover ham and cheese rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. They will also stay fresh in the freezer for 3-4 months.

Recipe Tips

  • Room temperature pizza dough is easier to work with than dough that has just come out of the refrigerator. Remove the dough from the fridge 20 minutes before you begin. 
  • If you use thicker slices of ham, be sure the pieces don’t overlap when placing them on the pizza dough. This will make rolling easier.
  • Wondering what to do with all of that leftover Easter ham? Ham and cheese rolls have got you covered.

Variations

  • Try a different meat – You can get really creative with this roll recipe. Try roast beef, sliced turkey, or even an artisanal meat like prosciutto. 
  • Add veggies – Adding a leafy green like spinach most definitely counts as a serving of vegetables!
  • Use Hawaiian bread – Hawaiian ham and cheese rolls are a slightly sweeter version of this recipe, and equally crave-worthy.
close up image of a Baked Ham and Cheese Roll on a white plate

FAQs

Are ham and cheese rolls an appetizer?

Ham and cheese rolls are a really versatile dish. You can serve them as appetizers, include them as part of a potluck spread, or serve them as a tasty lunch or dinner. They also make an incredible snack, or an addition to school lunches.

Should I use poppy seeds?

Poppy seeds add another layer of texture to the the top of ham and cheese rolls, but if you’re not a fan of these seeds, then feel free to omit them. This appetizer also tastes delicious without them.

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Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls with Honey Mustard Sauce

Classic ham and cheese sandwiches meet Stromboli in these baked rolls made with pizza dough and finished with honey mustard poppy seed glaze. A crowd-pleaser for kids and adults.
Prep: 40 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 9

Equipment

  • 8×8 baking dish
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Rolling Pin

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound pizza dough (store-bought or home-made)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 8 large slices ham (thinner slices will roll easier)
  • 8 large slices Swiss or Provolone cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions 

  • 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, 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Serve rolls warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 646mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 473IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 169mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $8.00
Calories: 346
Keyword: appetizer, easy dinner, game day snacks, ham and cheese, lunch, potluck recipe, sandwich
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This recipe was inspired by the absolute mountain of leftover Easter ham we had in the fridge this year (which we served alongside this strata). It was a fun Easter that started with snow (!) and ended with a post-nap egg hunt once the sun came out. Molly and Clara were VERY excited about their visit from the “Eater” Bunny.

Molly and Clara Easter 2016
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at InquiringChef.com. She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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23 Comments

  1. Thinking about making these for Easter brunch at church. I will prepare them ahead and then bake Sunday morning. I have made the Hawaiian roll similar recipe before and thought they were too buttery goey. Can I decrease the amount of buttery mix that you spread on top to keep them from sitting in a bath of butter, but still have some flavor?

    1. Yes absolutely! You can decrease it. You could also set half aside, bake them, and then take a look at them after baking and brush a bit more over top while they’re still warm.