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The Kitchn: This versatile bite is perfect for a quick lunch, game day or even a picnic

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Orange bags of Hawaiian rolls are the first thing that greet me at my local grocer, so it’s no surprise that sliders are regulars on my meal plan. This week I’m serving a classic: ham and cheese sliders. These sliders have it all: sweet slices of ham, irresistibly gooey Swiss cheese, squishy Hawaiian rolls, and a savory butter drizzled over top. In addition to dinner, they’re perfect for lunch boxes, game-day spreads, picnics and parties (meaning, you can enjoy them as often as you please).

A brush with butter

After the soft Hawaiian rolls are split and layered with deli ham and gooey Swiss cheese, you’ll brush them with a savory flavored butter, then top with a shower of poppy seeds.

This mixture of melted butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and kosher salt adds savoriness to the sliders, perfectly complementing the salty-sweet flavors of the ham and cheese.

Bake time

These sliders need about 28 minutes in the oven, but how you bake the sliders is just as important as the time. You’ll start by covering the dish with foil and baking for 20 minutes, which gives the sandwiches time to heat through to the center while preventing the bread from browning too quickly. Remove the foil and continue to bake until the tops of the Hawaiian rolls brown and the cheese melts.


Ham and Cheese Sliders

Makes 12 sliders

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


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