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: 288 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g 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

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my4sweetys User ID: 3051527 254710
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2016

"These were ok. Couldn't really taste the main ingredients with all the highly flavored condiments and for some reason mine came out very soggy...ick."

dynamo58 User ID: 7056010 252875
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2016

"Ugh! Black forest ham with a good aged swiss cheese should be left to enjoy on your favorite bread. Caramelized everything else over powered the ham and cheese. Too sweet and greasy. High in calories, time-consuming and costly. A very poor use of poppy seeds."

zardwils User ID: 7633593 252713
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"These are delicious and are often requested at my house."

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 252710
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2016

"These have been our go to weekend lunches for years. We use the 24 package of the brown n' serve rolls that come in their own aluminum pan. (it saves cleaning another pan) Make sure you use a sharp bread knife when cutting into individual sammies. These are best cut when they are cold coming out of the fridge. We only add the brown sugar about every 4th time we make them. It is a nice change of pace. So is changing up the mustards; wholegrain, Dijon and hot/sweet, for example. When we use hot/sweet we skip the brown sugar."

daisywilken User ID: 2737979 252656
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2016

"I made this and it was good. I decided that the next time I would put a slice of bread and butter pickle inside on top of the cheese before putting the roll top on. I like that I can make aheadr and the leftovers, if any, are good cold."

Judy Oldfield User ID: 5108179 252229
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2016

"Everyone loves this recipe and I never have any leftover. I've doubled the recipe for potlucks and picnics. I did use dijon mustard instead."

tt2b123 User ID: 1638440 249532
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2016

"best for a party"

SandiB75 User ID: 7628539 245481
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"I have never been one to like horseradish or mustard. That said, I blended sour cream and added horseradish to taste. The zip of the horseradish is part of what makes these so good! The dressing made to pour over the sandwiches, even with the dijon, rounds these out perfectly. I was SO glad I tried this and the family devours them! The convenience of making them several hours in advance, going to run errands or work in the yard/house, then poppin them in the oven when we get hungry is great too. A keeper of a recipe!!"

angcy User ID: 1160970 241429
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2016

"Since we have toddlers who are picky eaters, I omitted horseradish sauce but used butter instead. The whole family and parents in laws loved it. We have also made this when we have extended family over. The children and teenagers and adults all love this dish."

Appy_Girl User ID: 1132413 241100
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Perfect little sliders for any event. Not a fan of the Hawaiian sweet rolls so I used Rhodes frozen small dinner rolls. For us they were perfect. I also cut back on the brown sugar. I also had no Horseradish sauce so used mayonnaise on both the top and bottom of the rolls. I also did not leave them over night in the fridge. Made up early in the morning worked out just fine. This is a wonderful recipe. One that I will frequently make.

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