Ham & Cheese Sliders

Ham & Cheese Sliders at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Are you ready for some football? Well, I know I am, especially now that I have Holly Clegg’s wonderful recipe for Ham & Cheese Sliders! This would be perfect to serve at home football watching party or to take tailgating. If I were you, I’d make some extra and stash them in the back of the refrigerator for the kids to take in their lunch Monday morning.

My grocery store has special slider buns, both in white bread and whole wheat. For your gluten free guests, you can use Udi’s Gluten Free hamburger buns, cut in half.

You can find more of Holly’s trim& TERRIFIC® recipes at hollyclegg.com and The Healthy Cooking Blog.

Trim and Terrific Ready-Made Sports Spread Menu

Football season is here, so I wanted to highlight the Ready-Made Menu, Sports Spread, from my cookbook, Trim and Terrific Kitchen 101: Secrets to Cooking Confidence[affiliate link],  perfect for cheering on your favorite team at home or at a tailgate party. No thinking required, I have already done all of the dirty work, as this book is filled with menus such as Best Basic Barbecue, Cook to Impress, Comfort Food, Italian Feast, Date Night, Holiday Heroes plus many more. All you have to do is just throw together delightful dishes and feel free to take all the credit - Geaux team!

These Ham and Cheese Sliders are an updated delicious twist on a classic. Sliders are a great way to feed a crowd with easy savory pick-ups that don’t require extra fuss. You can easily make ahead of time, keep in the refrigerator or freezer and add the poppy seed sauce when you are ready to bake. Try substituting thinly sliced turkey if you would rather.

Ham & Cheese Sliders at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Ham and Cheese Sliders


For sliders:

  • 24 miniature rolls
  • 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced lean ham, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups shredded Jarlsberg cheese (light Swiss)
  • Poppy Seed Sauce (see below)

For poppy seed sauce:

  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • Hot sauce to taste


For sliders:

  1. Preheat oven 350°F. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Split rolls in half, lay on prepared pan. Spread each bottom half with mustard and layer ham and cheese. Replace tops. Place filled rolls close together on baking sheet. Drizzle Poppy Seed Sauce evenly over sliders.
  3. Cover with foil and bake 12-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove cover and bake 2 minutes longer.

For poppy seed sauce:

  1. In small bowl, mix together all ingredients.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 17 Minutes
Total Time: 32 Minutes
Servings: Makes 24 sliders
  • Serving size: 1 slider
  • Calories: 148
  • Calories from Fat: 53 (36%)
  • Total Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 3g
  • Unsaturated fat: 3g
  • Sodium: 324mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 24mg

Dietary Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat

Recipe and photo used with permission.

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