Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns Recipe
- 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
- 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
1 sandwich: 288 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 447mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.
Reviews for Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns
"Love it just the way it is. My family is very happy when I tell them these are on the menu."
"This is a big hit at work and at my football tailgates. I substitute real ham or ham loaves (sliced thick) in place of the deli ham, and I use horseradish from the jar with regular mustard to spread on the bottom half of the buns.This has to be prepared the day before you serve it, but it's DEFINITELY worth the effort! :-)"
"I made these for the Food Bank volunteers and they loved them."
"This was good, but would have been better without the horse radish. I would try mayo next time."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 !"
"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."
"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."
"These are delicious and are often requested at my house."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"best for a party"
"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!!"
"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."
"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.JanieTaste Of Home Volunteer Field Editor"
"I made these for company & everyone loved them. Only problem was the grocery store sold horseradish but not horseradish sauce. I found a recipe online to make up my own horseradish sauce, since using just horseradish would be too strong."
"I had leftover ham from Sunday dinner, so I decided to try these. Everyone really enjoyed these sandwiches. Make sure to use horseradish sauce, or the horseradish may be over powering. The grocery store near my home sells Hawaiian mini sub rolls (about the size of two regular rolls), so I used these. I didn't have poppyseed so I used deli mustard which had seeds. I also used one and half tablespoons of mustard and brown sugar. I stuck the sandwiches in the freezer for an hour before baking because I didn't realize they needed to be refrigerated for several hours until I started making dinner. Turned out wonderful."
"Awesome dish! These were a hit! Amazing flavor punch! My boyfriend and I almost ate the whole pan in one sitting! Will be added to the rotation!!!"
"These are to-die-for! I make them all the time. Everyone loves them. What a great breakfast dish."
"All I could taste was horseradish. I followed the directions to the letter. I might try again without the horseradish because they smelled so good otherwise and I think they could be without it."
"I have made these several times and each time they turned out great! Everyone just loves them. These will become my go to recipe for any potluck!"
"These sandwiches were a hit at our family gathering. The buns ended up a bit soggy though. I will try again."
"Delicious! I love that you can make these ahead and then just pop them in the oven when you're ready. I personally think, between the caramelized onions and the king bread, that adding the brown sugar makes it all too sweet and I will try it without the added sugar next time - perhaps with some sauteed onions and peppers, hmmm...."
"I have made this a few times, each with excellent results. Husband really enjoys this recipe! The horseradish sauce gives it an extra zip. Fantastic dish for get togethers!"
"I made these twice over the past year and just love them. So easy to prep ahead. I don't seem to use a full 1/2 cup of horseradish sauce but they still have a kick."
"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."
"Awesome recipe. I took these to a golf potluck and everyone raved about them. Several requests for the recipe."
"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!"
"absolutely delicious!! and you dobt have to chill in the fridge you can assemble and pop in the oven"
"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....."
"Made these for Sunday breakfast and I was disappointed that they needed to chill once assembled, my fault, so we saved these for Monday morning. I like the fact that you take them from ther refrigerator and pop them into the oven.I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet, kinda like the sweet ketchup sauce one would would put on a meatloaf. All the flavors came through wonderfully. Next time I will cut the sugar to 1 Tablespoon and carmalize the onions prior to adding other ingredients. A keeper recipe for a quick, flavorful breakfast if you plan ahead,"
"I made these with turkey & American cheese and fed some hungry athletes while we were on the road. They were a big hit. Now I'm making them again for my family."
"yes, I tried this recipe and served for Christmas morning. It was excellent and even made great leftovers, heated up in a low oven in aluminum foil"
"Loved this recipe! We will be enjoying this one again! The horseradish added a nice little tang to the sweetness."
"This were amazing ! Used for a Christmas brunch and should have made twice as much !! This will be a go-to recipe."
"I made these for breakfast the day after Thanksgiving when we planned to travel early in the morning. Just pop them in the oven for a hot breakfast on the go! My family gave them rave reviews, even with the horseradish sauce! I've made them twice since then and used sesame seeds once instead of poppy seeds. They are lovely and versitile as many substitutions can be made with good results."
"I made this for our Christmas get-together and there were none left! I have to admit that I was wondering how the sauce would taste, but I am a firm believer in trying a recipe as it's written before adding my own touches. I wouldn't change a thing - it's absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe, Iris!"
"These are so good and a great additon to any get together. My family doesn't care for horseradish sauce, so I usually make them without that ingredient. But whenever I make these, there are never any leftovers."
"Had to try this after seeing them in the magazine and floating around the net. My family was very hesitant to try it because of the mustard in the glaze. I've made it 3 times now, everywhere I go they are gone very quickly. I have been making them by using a 24 ct pack of rolls. I slice the top off, put the bottom half in the 9x13, layer on the toppings and put the top back on. We don't use the horseradish or butter or anything inside of the sandwiches. I use a large knife to cut through everything after they are done cooking. We use 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder because we don't like onions. I've let it sit over night and I've made them an hour after making them. They are best when left to sit over night but still good if made sooner than that as well. I haven't had so many people ask for my recipe in a long time, they are so unique and SO GOOD, YUM!"
"So, so yummy!! Used left-over turkey and Colby-jack cheese. Didn't have any seeds but it was still a delicious meal! Definitely a "keeper.""
"Great recipe for using up leftover ham. We were in a hurry, so I didn't let them sit, plus I used regular large hamburger rolls and they still got (unsolicited!) compliments from my family. Next time I might try planning ahead and let them sit overnight."
"I made these Christmas Day and they were a big hit. I reduced the horsehadish to 1/4 cup. There was no way I could fit 12 sandwiches into a 8x8 pan so I made 15 and put into a 9x13 pan and it worked out great. I only added a little additional ingredients for the marinade which turned out perfect!"
"Made them this morning husband and I loved them, very feeling and good tasting. Will make again."
"THESE ARE AMAZING!! I made them for our Christmas party this year and our guests raved over them. They will definitely become a standard on our party menu! I doubled the recipe and mistakenly didn't double the sauce, but it made so much, it was a happy accident! I wouldn't have wanted double the amount of sauce. Thank you for a FABULOUS recipe!"
"These are so good. I have people over after evening church services a lot during the year, and these have always been a huge hit. My recipe; however, doesn't call for horseradish which is a good thing since I don't really care for it. ;-) Instead of Swiss cheese, I sometimes use gouda which melts so well."
"These are awesome! Everyone I have served them to loves them. I used Hot Sweet Mustard not the spicy brown mustard. I also, waited on the poppy seeds and sprinkled them on top!"
"These are amazing! My whole family loved them, even my kiddos! will definitely make these again"
"These were awesome! I took them to a pot luck and had to sweep in and grab the last one quickly so that I could try it. All the different flavors come together really well. I didn't use quite as much horseradish sauce as suggested and it still packed plenty of punch. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. The sandwiches were surprisingly not messy. This recipe is definitely a keeper."
"I have been making a similar recipe for years. I like the idea of the Hawaiian rolls along with the horseradish sauce. It puts a nice kick on the recipe. I will make this recipe again."
"This is a delicious sandwich. Being pressed for time, I did not let the sandwiches sit with the onions on top. I used the large sandwich size Hawaiian buns. I made the caramelized onions (but omitted the poppy seeds) and put them ON the sandwich, on top of the cheese. I wrapped the sandwiches in foil and baked them for 30 minutes. My husband is not a big ham eater and he said these were great; he loved the flavors together. This will be a recipe I'll make again and again."