Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Bread Recipe

These delicious, baked Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are also known as Tailgate Sandwiches because they are the perfect game-day party fare. They are bursting with flavor and gooey cheese!


Food that can be found at parties is the best kind of food, am I right? Party food is the best! Hot dips, cold dips, gooey dips, finger foods, food on a stick, it is all so delicious. People at parties are great, but the food is what makes you go OHhhhh! I have loved making food for parties for decades. Some old (and current) favorites include Spinach Artichoke Dip and 7-Layer Taco Dip. I have added tons of recipes to my list of party food faves recently and these Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders rank toward the top. They are super easy to make and people absolutely love and DEVOUR them. Every time I make these for a party I get multiple requests for the recipe.

How do you make hot ham and cheese sandwiches?

  • Cut Hawaiian sweet rolls in half lengthwise and place the bottoms in a 9x13 pan.

  • Top with a layer of ham and provolone cheese slices.

  • Spread cream cheese onto the bottoms of the top halves of the rolls and place them over the cheese slices.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire, onions and Parmesan. Mix well and pour over the tops of the rolls.

  • Sprinkle poppy seeds over the top and bake (covered) at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve immediately!


What goes with hot ham and cheese sandwiches?

These sliders have a “party food” label for me personally and any other type of party food goes well with party food. Know what I mean? If you are making these sandwiches for dinner instead, or maybe an afternoon lunch, then you might want some ideas about what to serve alongside them. Here are some ideas for you!

Enjoy these, friends! Thanks for stopping by!

Party Food, Hot Sandwiches, Tailgating recipes, Appetizers, Main dish,
Main Dish
Yield: 20

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Hawaiian Bread

prep time: 20 minscook time: 25 minstotal time: 45 mins

These delicious little Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwiches are also known as Tailgate Sandwiches because they are the ideal party food. Bring them to your next gathering and you'll get rave reviews.


  • 20 small Hawaiian sweet rolls, cut in half crosswise
  • 1 pound deli black forest ham, sliced
  • 20 slices provolone cheese
  • 8-oz. container spreadable cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced onions
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Line the bottom of the pan with the bottom halves of the sweet rolls. Top with the ham, then the provolone cheese slices. Spread the cream cheese onto the bottoms of the sweet roll tops and place them in a layer on top of the cheese.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onions and Parmesan cheese. Mix well and pour evenly over tops of the sandwiches. Sprinkle the poppy seeds over the top.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, or until warmed through. Cut at the seams with a knife and serve warm!
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