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Cheesy Ham Braid


  • 1 package (16 ounces) hot roll mix
  • 1 cup warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cold water


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the contents of the roll mix and yeast packets. Stir in the warm water, egg and 1 tablespoon butter. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes; set aside.
  • 2. In a large skillet, saute onion and green pepper in remaining butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in ham, cheeses and parsley.
  • 3. On a greased baking sheet, roll dough into a 15x10-in. rectangle. Spoon ham mixture lengthwise down the center of dough. On each long side, cut 1-in.-wide strips about 2 in into the center. Starting at one end, fold alternating strips at an angle across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes or until almost doubled.
  • 4. In a small bowl, beat egg white and cold water; brush over dough. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 428 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 1035mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.


Average Rating:
  • Courtney
    Feb 23, 2019
    I used to make this all the time to impress guests. Then I was unable to find the Hot Roll Mix for years..I stumbled on some today at a store and quickly bought two boxes so I can make this again! Such a yummy recipe, I am excited to make it soon!!!
  • cindyb925
    Oct 19, 2014

    This great as is but for a beautiful Christmas breakfast or a brunch potluck try adding a couple lightly scrambled eggs to the mix. Keep in the refridgeraror (it does continue to rise in there) the pull out and bake off just before you need to leave.

  • renney
    Nov 4, 2011

    I make this regularly. Most of the time I use my own homemade pizza dough instead of the hot roll mix.

  • reindeer01
    Jan 4, 2011

    This recipe is great as written, but it can also be easily adjusted to fit your own tastes. I prefer to substitute my own hot roll recipe in place of the boxed variety, and that works just fine. This also works great with reduced fat ingredients as well.

  • lilsweetie
    Dec 31, 1969

    I think you could prepare this all the way through to the braid, refrigerate it on a baking tray and just bake the next day. The bottom might get a bit soggy, but maybe you could put a layer of cheese under the filling to 'waterproof' it.

  • wherepolly
    Dec 31, 1969

    Could this be made a day in advance, refrigerated, then taken out and let it rise prior to baking? I would like to use this for an upcoming party, but I need to do a lot of pre-party cooking. This recipe would be ideal for the party.

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