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Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns Recipe
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Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns Recipe

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My next door neighbor shared her version of this recipe with me. You can make it ahead and cook it quickly when company arrives. The combo of poppy seeds, ham and cheese, horseradish and brown sugar makes it simply delicious!—Iris Weihemuller, Baxter, Minnesota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) Hawaiian sweet rolls, split
  • 1/2 cup horseradish sauce
  • 12 slices deli ham
  • 6 slices Swiss cheese, halved
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 288 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 447 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.


  1. Spread roll bottoms with horseradish sauce. Layer with ham and cheese; replace tops. Arrange in a single layer in a greased 9-in.-square baking pan.
  2. In a small skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour over rolls. Refrigerate, covered, several hours or overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Bake, uncovered, 5-10 minutes longer or until golden brown. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns in Taste of Home December 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich equals 288 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 67 mg cholesterol, 447 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 8, 2014

"Took this to two different get-togethers within one week and had a total of nine requests for the recipe. Moist and flavorful. It's so easy to prepare and Just love that it can be fixed one night and baked/served the next."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2014

"Awesome recipe. I took these to a golf potluck and everyone raved about them. Several requests for the recipe."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"Amazingly easy recipe that tastes like you spent a lot of time on it! I was not sure of the combination of flavors, but they turned out to be surprisingly delicious! Easily adaptable to a wide range of fillings. A definite hit at the dinner table, I'd make them for breakfast as well. A real winner!"

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"absolutely delicious!! and you dobt have to chill in the fridge you can assemble and pop in the oven"

Reviewed Mar. 3, 2014

"I haven't made this exact recipe but I'm still giving it a thumbs up......I got this recipe from a friend and it wasn't exactly the same ---no caramelized onions or horseradish or w'shire sauce, maybe she didn't like those things so left them out. I don't think you can mess up this recipe ! I used regular h'burger buns, mustard powder, no poppy seeds (didn't have any ) . I made them in a 9x13 pan. The men thought they were alittle sweet, but still devoured them ! my g'kids just loved them and keep asking me to make them again ! This recipe is really pretty forgiving and versatile, for me it's a keeper. Now I want to try this version......Oh also they freezer great....."

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