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.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Turn this sandwich into a Reuben! Swap corned beef or pastrami for the ham, add a layer of sauerkraut and substitute caraway seeds for poppy.
  • Vegetarians coming for dinner? These buns can easily go meat-free by omitting the ham and doubling the cheese. We like Swiss and cheddar.
  • Originally published as Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns in Taste of Home December 2013

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    Sharon User ID: 9170284 266088
    Reviewed May. 18, 2017

    "Seriously? No wonder this country is obese. 280 calories per sandwich? 17 G of fat? 21 G of carbs? Wow I'll pass!"

    uwishtoo User ID: 6985376 266087
    Reviewed May. 18, 2017


    dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 263852
    Reviewed Mar. 24, 2017

    "This was good, but would have been better without the horse radish. I would try mayo next time."

    tiffanykorn User ID: 6174400 260992
    Reviewed Feb. 8, 2017

    "Made this for the superbowl party. While the flavor is delicious, they were sort of messy to eat. They were't a huge hit, but they were tasty."

    dlyn9smith User ID: 1866642 259945
    Reviewed Jan. 19, 2017

    "This is an easy and delicious recipe. I did not have Hawaiian buns, so I used regular slider buns. I don't like spicy, so I used Honey Mustard instead of the horseradish sauce."

    Lisa User ID: 9015418 259149
    Reviewed Jan. 3, 2017

    "Every time I try a new recipe I make it exactly as shown. The next time I tweak. With this recipe there is nothing to tweak! It is delicious as is. I made it as a snack at Christmas and everyone loved it! I ate 3 as a snack! Love finding recipes I can keep forever."

    devinemily User ID: 1232707 257720
    Reviewed Dec. 5, 2016

    "My family loves these! I make up a batch and then freeze them in packages of two. That way we always have them on hand for a quick sandwich. Super good!!!!"

    mamakintyler69 User ID: 1818203 256682
    Reviewed Nov. 11, 2016

    "Been making these for YEARS !!! WE have always known them as OVEN SAMMIES !!! Family loves them and nice to have on hand when someone heads out the door so they can grab 1 or 2 ! Hubby likes when I make these and he is doing yard work or other chores comes in for a break and has a couple !"

    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."

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