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26 Best Ham and Cheese Rolls Recipes

A collage of different types of ham and cheese rolls.

Ham and cheese are hugely popular savory fillings for rolls and snacks. It is tasty, gives a good amount of protein and fats, and is often a healthier option than choosing jellies or spreads with much sugar.

Ham and cheese don’t have to be fillings for a boring sandwich. Using a flaky pastry or pillowy pizza dough can also be surprisingly versatile.

You can swap out kinds of hams and cheeses for different tastes and add seasonings and dressing like mustard or mayonnaise. Spice up your rolls with pimentos, onion, or olives.

1. Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls Recipes

Baked Ham and Cheese Rolls on a pan.

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These rolls make a ready-to-grab meal that packs protein, fat, and carbs into an easy-to-make snack or breakfast. The added honey and mustard bring out the ham and Swiss cheese flavors.

Tips:

  • The bread part of the recipe requires some prep time for rising and proofing, so make a note of that as part of your total time. Also, leave time for the rolls to cool. Make these the day before so you can have them ready for breakfast.
  • One way to make this recipe more time-friendly and reduce extra preparation is to buy ready-made pizza dough. Remember to take the dough out beforehand so it can warm up first. This will make it easier to roll out.
  • These ready-made ham and cheese rolls make an excellent breakfast choice with added protein, and you can easily double or triple the recipe.

2. Fried Ham and Cheese Roll

Fried Ham and Cheese Roll.

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You can make these fun, crunchy snacks as appetizers or treats for picky eaters using leftover bread. With a total time of 17 minutes, these are excellent if you need to make snacks in a hurry.

Tips:

  • Flatten the bread before adding the fillings to avoid absorbing too much oil, and serve immediately for the best taste and texture.
  • Avoid wasting food by using bread that will soon be stale. You can also use bread that has been in the freezer. While white bread will give the best results, you can experiment with wholewheat or seeded loaves.
  • If you don’t have panko, you can substitute it with regular breadcrumbs for the crunchy texture. Using crushed tortillas or cracker crumbs is another option.

3. Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls.

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Crescent rolls are soft, fluffy, and buttery, and these golden baked ham and cheese rolls are delicious whether you want them as a light meal, an appetizer, or a side dish. The melted mozzarella complements the warm bread and smoked ham.

Tips:

  • These simple ham and cheese rolls don’t have added flavorings. You can punch up the flavor by adding the seasonings of your choice or using mustard or tomato relish.
  • Preparation for the dough requires rising and proofing time, so you may want to make it in advance and freeze it until needed.
  • If you prepare and assemble the crescent rolls, you can cover them with plastic wrap and keep them in the fridge for 24 hours before baking.

4. Hyggeboller Ham and Cheese Rolls

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These Scandinavian takes on the cheese and ham roll have added chives and make an excellent side dish for the main meal or tasty treats in their own right. They use a standard bread dough recipe, so remember to factor in time for making the bread.

Tips:

  • Use grated cheese, cubed ham, and finely chopped chives to distribute the ingredients evenly through the bread dough.
  • The dough needs an initial rise of 45 minutes to 1 hour. Once you’ve added the savory ingredients, the dough will need to rise for another hour, so prepare these in advance.
  • Experiment with different types of cheese to get the flavor you like the most. Cheddar and mozzarella are good options that melt into the bread.

5. Ham and Cream Cheese Tortilla Rolls

Ham and Cream Cheese Tortilla Rolls on a plate.

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Suppose you need a fun and simple ham and cheese roll that requires no baking and will be ready in under 30-minutes. In that case, these tortilla rollups are the perfect mini appetizers.

Tips:

  • You can use any tortilla, but a simple flat flour wrap will do as a base.
  • The cheese in this version is full-fat cream cheese. Still, you can experiment with other spreadable cheeses, including low-fat varieties, for healthier options.
  • The smoked paprika adds a lovely depth of flavor, but if you use smoked ham, you can substitute it with sweet paprika spice.
  • If you keep the rollups in the fridge for longer than 12 hours, you risk getting soggy appetizers, so don’t make them too far in advance.

6. Ham and Brie Pancake Rolls

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These unusual rolls are made using a pancake batter and creamy cheeses like brie and fromage frais. With added cream and smoked pork, these delightful treats are rich and tasty, while the gelatin gives them a firm texture for easy eating.

Tips:

  • Scallions and grated horseradish add a zesty sharpness to the mixture, which helps the rich cheeses taste less heavy. You can replace the grated horseradish with ground mustard seeds if you prefer.
  • The cheese and gelatin mixture needs about 30 minutes to cool before being piped into the pancake. You’ll need to factor that time into your preparation.
  • If you don’t have a piping bag, a simple solution is to use a plastic sandwich bag instead. Snip one bottom corner of the bag off to the desired size for piping the cheese mixture.

7. Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels with tomato dip.

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With only four ingredients, these ham and cheese pinwheels are simple to make. With the zippy taste of Dijon mustard complimenting the creamy melted cheddar, we guarantee you’ll have people coming back for more of these delicious appetizers.

Tips:

  • Use ready-made puff pastry to create a rich, flaky pastry, and save yourself a lot of time and effort making puff pastry from scratch.
  • Remember to thaw the puff pastry overnight in the fridge and take it out 30 minutes before you begin so that it is easy to roll out as needed. Refrigerate the filled pastry for about 20 minutes before baking.
  • When placing the pastry wheels on the baking sheet, give them enough room, as the pastry will expand as it bakes.
  • These are best frozen after baking if you intend to save some for later.

8. Overnight Ham and Cheese Rolls

Ham and Cheese Rolls on a wooden chop board.

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While many recipes listed require dough that needs to be kneaded, mixed, and left to rise before being punched down again, there’s also an overnight dough option. This recipe uses less yeast, allowing you to leave the dough overnight, ready to be baked in the morning.

Tips:

  • When making savory rolls with a pizza filling, use a thick sauce to prevent the rolls from falling apart.
  • Experiment with adding other fillings to your ham and cheese, like onions, olives, and pesto.
  • If using Prosciutto ham, chop it beforehand to make the rolls easier to cut.
  • If you prefer not to use pork products, turkey ham makes an excellent flavorsome substitute.

9. Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls

Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls.

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Buttery, sweet Hawaiian rolls are an excellent base for this succulent ham and melted Swiss cheese filling. The poppy and butter sauce brushed on the top adds a layer of deliciousness, making great party favorites or sides for a meal.

Tips:

  • The Hawaiian rolls’ sweet taste makes this slider so great. It pairs well with the saltiness of the ham and cheese. Hawaiian rolls use pineapple juice to add sweetness, but you can substitute the rolls with brioche in a pinch.
  • Use leftover ham from Christmas or Easter as a filling to avoid food waste.
  • Only brush on the poppy seed and butter before baking. If you brush it on too far in advance, the rolls will become soggy.

10. Ham and Cheese French Toast Rollups

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While many people are used to French toast as a sweet breakfast option, you can make a delicious savory variation with ham and cheese. These rollups combine the richness of French toast with the finger-food ease of a rollup, be sure to use fresh bread for the best taste.

Tips:

  • Use a good melting cheese for these rollups. Cut them into sticks, or use a pinch of grated cheese.
  • Use fresh bread! When you flatten the bread with the rolling pin, fresh bread will stay flat, whereas stale bread will spring back into shape.
  • These French toast rollups are best served immediately, though you can prepare them in advance and cook them in the morning.

11. Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls

Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls on a woven basket.

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Based on a cinnamon roll recipe, these ham and cheese rolls are buttery and soft. They make for wonderful savory breakfast treats, and you can use any hard cheese, such as cheddar or gouda. Allow the ham and cheese rolls to rise for 1-2 hours before baking.

Tips:

  • You can store these rolls for up to three days, and they will stay wonderfully soft. Keep the baked rolls covered with plastic wrap to prevent the bread from drying.
  • If you prefer a different taste, consider swapping your ham with pre-cooked bacon.
  • Add your favorite herbs, such as parsley and oregano, and a thick tomato sauce to make these rolls have a pizza-style taste.
  • Swap out the hard cheese with ricotta and add fresh baby spinach leaves for a different combo.

12. Grilled Ham and Cheese Rollups

Grilled Ham and Cheese Rollups with peppers and tomato dips.

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This simple and easy variation on a ham and cheese sandwich is perfect for little ones—especially picky eaters. Entice them with these fun rollups that take only a few minutes, and serve with a cheese sauce and BBQ sauce for dipping.

Tip:

  • Flattening the bread with a rolling pin helps prevent it from absorbing too much oil, making this snack healthier.
  • If you don’t have pre-cut cheese slices, use a hard cheese like cheddar or gouda, cut to size.
  • Using low-fat cheese and a non-stick pan for grilling helps keep this dish from getting too heavy on fats.

13. Brazilian Ham and Cheese Rolls

Brazilian Ham and Cheese Rolls on a small plate.

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Try this recipe based on traditional Brazilian tastes, and make these easy-to-eat-on-the-run ham and cheese snacks. The recipe uses frozen bread dough, making it super quick to whip up when you need a baked snack.

Tips:

  • Thaw the frozen bread dough overnight in the fridge, and let it stand out for about 2-30 minutes to make it easier to roll the dough into shape.
  • Seal the seams of the roll tightly so that the cheese doesn’t melt out of the rolls.
  • The best cheese for these is mozzarella or Monterey jack to give that delightfully oozy cheese sensation.

14. Monte Cristo Sandwich

Monte Cristo Sandwich on a plate.

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What more decadent way to use leftover ham than to make the ultimate ham and cheddar sandwich variation—the Monte Cristo? Use Gruyere cheese, mustard, and mayo to get that authentic taste of New York cuisine.

Tips:

  • While shredded Gruyere is usually the cheese of choice, you can also swap it for Emmental.
  • You can pan-fry the Monte Cristo or deep fry it. In some variations, instead of using egg, you can dip it in batter and then deep fry it.
  • If you love combining sweet and savory tastes, dust your Monte Cristo with powdered sugar and serve it with maple syrup.

15. Easy Keto Ham and Cheese Rolls

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Craving the delectable taste of a cheese and ham roll but need to limit your carbs? These easy-to-make keto ham and cheese rolls will save you from crumbling. They are simple and delicious and use eggs to replace the bread dough.

Tips:

  • You can make these rolls soft and foldable, much like a wrap, or crunchier with a crust like a baked roll—follow the instructions for each different type to get the ‘bread’ you want.
  • For rounder rolls, use a bread baking mat that raises your bread and prevents it from sitting in any liquid run-off.
  • The basic recipe is easy to customize—add different seasonings, bacon, green onions, olives, pickles, or whatever you fancy to make keto cheese and ham rolls.

16. Serrano Ham, Cheese, and Chicken Rolls

Serrano Ham, Cheese, and Chicken Rolls.

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This Spanish dish replaces the bread rolls with chicken, making this a protein powerhouse! The recipe includes flour and breadcrumbs, so it is not entirely keto. Still, it is an excellent option for folks looking for a snacky finger food with lots of protein and fewer carbs.

Tips:

  • Use pre-cut and deboned chicken fillets to roll up your ham and cheese, as these will be easiest to flatten.
  • Serrano is a thin, dry-cured Spanish ham similar to Italian prosciutto. Although they have different tastes, you can substitute prosciutto if you prefer it.
  • Use a skewer to hold the rolled-up chicken, ham, and cheese together. Just remember to remove them before serving!

17. Three Ingredient Ham and Cheese Rollups

Ham and Cheese Rollups with slices of lemons.

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What could be easier than a ham and cheese rollup that only needs three ingredients and takes less than an hour to make, baking time included? These kid-friendly baked rolls will be a hit with young ones, and you can encourage them to place the sliced deli ham and sprinkle the shredded cheese.

Tips:

  • You can buy the ready-made pizza dough or make your own. Be sure to defrost frozen pizza dough thoroughly so it is easy to roll out.
  • This recipe is straightforward to adjust for tastes—replace the ham with salami or turkey ham, or use shredded cheddar or gouda instead of mozzarella.
  • The dough is baked in a single ‘log’ and cut into slices after it has cooled, making this a less fiddly baking project than others.
  • Serve the slices with dips or mayonnaise, or add seasonings before baking as desired.

18. Farm House Ham and Cheese Rolls

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Use a basic dough recipe that you can adjust to suit almost any taste combination. Whether you’re making sweet cinnamon and raisin rolls or shredded cheddar cheese and deli ham, you’ll have plenty of options. The addition of Worcester sauce takes these rolls to another level!

Tips:

  • Roll up the dough and its filling into a log to easily cut it into even slices for baking.
  • Use a sharp, serrated kitchen knife to slice the dough easily without flattening it.
  • You can freeze the rolls before baking them and store them to take as many as you want to bake at once.
  • Good toppings to add to these rolls include poppy seeds, grated parmesan cheese, cooked, chopped bacon, and red pepper flakes.

19. Ham and Cheese Crown

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Here’s a fancy way of serving the humble ham and cheese roll. It’s especially effective for parties and looks great as a brunch centerpiece. It’s also super-simple and utilizes frozen puff pastry for faster preparation. The sesame seeds provide a crunchy and pleasing topping to this fun breakfast ring.

Tips:

  • Using ketchup and paprika gives a tangy flavor that goes well with the milky sharpness of the gouda cheese.
  • Roll your pastry and fillings tightly, as though you were making a Swiss roll, to ensure it won’t fall apart as you move it into the crown shape.
  • When cutting the segments, ensure not to slice the pastry all the way through. You want some of the base to remain so that your pastry crown holds together.
  • If you prefer not to use pork products, substitute your ham with turkey ham.

20. Rolitos de Jamon y Queso

Ham and cheese roll up with cherry tomatoes.

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These four-ingredient crunchy roadside snacks are great served as appetizers or part of a tapas dinner. You can serve them up cold or piping hot, and by adjusting the fillings, you can make a variety to suit different tastes.

Tip:

  • The rolled ham and cheese form the structural base of the recipe, so make sure these are firmly made.
  • The combination of sweet ham with the cheese and batter of breadcrumbs and eggs makes for a tasty snack, but you can add seasonings to suit.
  • You can shallow or deep fry these snacks, but immediately put them on paper kitchen towels to absorb as much excess as possible after frying.

21. Ham and Cheese Brioche Rolls

Ham and Cheese Brioche Rolls.

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These rich brioche rolls are great for summer. They use gruyere cheese, whole grain Dijon mustard, pepitas, and sunflower seeds which give an entirely different taste to the standard cheese and ham roll.

Tips:

  • If you can’t find pepitas, substitute them with pine nuts to keep that rich, earthy taste.
  • When making brioche dough, you want to avoid sticky dough. Aim for dough that is soft and easy to work with to give the best results.
  • You need to proof the dough overnight or for at least eight hours, so prepare it before you use it.

22. Ham and Cheese Spring Rolls

Ham and Cheese Spring Rolls with tomato dips.

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These fun little appetizers are excellent, uncomplicated, easy, and cheap to prepare, and they need only four ingredients. You can oven-bake them or deep fry them if you prefer.

Tips:

  • Buy frozen spring roll pastry and use it to make spring rolls, samosas, and other finger party food.
  • Cheese and ham make an easy filling, but you can also experiment with ricotta and spinach, swap the ham for salami, or use provolone instead of cheese sticks or cheddar.
  • Serve these ham and cheese spring rolls with a sweet chili dipping sauce.

23. Grey Poupon Ham and Cheese Rollups

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These delicious pinwheel appetizers are extremely easy to make. While they sound fancy, you don’t need much cooking skill to make them. You can adjust the fillings for a more Italian feel by using provolone cheese and salami instead of Black Forest ham and Swiss Cheese.

Tips:

  • Grey Poupon is a brand of Dijon mustard. Use any mustard you prefer, from mild yellow to sharp French mustard. You can also swap out the mustard for mayonnaise for those who prefer a much milder snack.
  • If making an Italian variation, you can swap out the mustard with a thick tomato sauce or a tangy hot dog relish.
  • This recipe calls for pre-made pizza dough, but you can also make your pizza dough if you prefer.

24. Baked Cuban Sliders

Tasty Cuban Sliders sandwiches.

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The Cuban sliders are baked with Swiss cheese and smoked ham. The combination of salty, smoky flavors like pickles and mustard is a fantastic contrast against the sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls. The rolls are easy to assemble and will be done in about 45 minutes, including baking time.

Tips:

  • If you can’t find sweet Hawaiian rolls, use rich bread such as a brioche or challah. You can also make your own. The traditional recipe calls for mashed potatoes, flour, sugar, or pineapple juice for sweetening.
  • Chop ham, bacon, and pickles to make these sliders easier to eat.
  • The Dry Ranch seasoning adds an extra kick of flavor. You can substitute it with a blend of parsley, thyme, pepper, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.

25. Ham and Cheese Calzone

Ham and Cheese Calzone on a wooden chop board.

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A calzone is a folded pizza, so think of it as a pizza that’s more like a sandwich. This baked treat uses mozzarella, parmesan, and ham for the perfect pizza snack. Keep the tomato sauce separate, and use it for dipping.

Tips:

  • Make your own pizza dough, or use a store-bought one to save time. When folding the dough, don’t pull it too much, as your calzone may burst in the oven if it is too thin.
  • Pizza sauce brushed on the outside of the calzone improves both appearance and taste.
  • Traditionally, the tomato sauce is not added inside the calzone but served separately. If you prefer, you can add yours before baking.

26. Sausage, Ham, and Cheese Rolls

Sausage, Ham, and Cheese Rolls with cherry tomato.

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The British love their sausage rolls, and these flaky pastries make great snacks and picnic foods. But why not make them even better by adding deli ham and cheddar? Serve with a spicy-sweet chutney to bring out the best of the flavors.

Tips:

  • Use ready-made puff pastry, as it’s much simpler than making puff pastry from scratch. Be sure it is fully defrosted so you can easily roll it out.
  • Use a quality sausage, and remove the casing before adding it to the pastry. You can also buy prepared sausage meat without casing from delis and specialty stores.
  • Scatter nigella seeds over the egg-brushed casing before baking to give them a classy look.