Ham Delights


Gussy up the basic ham-and-cheese slider.

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
12 rolls

Attend any gathering in the South, and you'll spot at least one plate of Ham Delights. We updated this tried-and-true appetizer with flavorful Gouda cheese and a sprinkling of everything bagel seasoning.

Beloved by guests of all ages, these personal-sized sandwiches make delightful additions to tailgates, girls' nights, and neighborhood gatherings.

Ham Delights

Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

Requiring just 10 minutes of hands-on time, here's one dish that you'll always want to include on the party menu. Even if your friends are familiar with the classic take on Ham Delights, they will be asking just what makes your version so flavorful. This recipe is a secret that's too good not to share.

One tip? Try to schedule your recipe prep and baking time so that your guests can enjoy the sandwiches soon after they come out of the oven. You might want to even double the batch. This party dish never lasts long.


  • Cooking spray

  • 2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 tsp. pure maple syrup

  • 1/2 tsp. flaky sea salt (such as Maldon), divided

  • 1 (12-oz.) pkg. Hawaiian dinner rolls (such as King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls)

  • 12 (2/3-oz.) deli ham slices, 8 oz. total

  • 6 (2/3-oz.) Gouda cheese slices, 4 oz.

  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

  • 2 tsp. everything bagel seasoning


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Stir together mayonnaise, mustard, maple syrup, and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a small bowl. Using a long serrated knife, split the entire loaf of rolls horizontally (do not separate individual rolls from each other).

    splitting rolls in half with serrated knife

    Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

    Spread mayonnaise mixture on both cut sides of rolls. Fold ham slices; arrange ham and cheese evenly on bottom rolls. Replace top rolls.

    layering ham and cheese for Ham Delights

    Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

  3. Brush tops of rolls evenly with butter; sprinkle with bagel seasoning and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.

    brushing tops of ham delights with butter

    Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

    Cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake in preheated oven 8 minutes. Remove foil; continue baking until cheese is melted and rolls are golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Serve immediately.

    baked Ham Delights

    Antonis Achilleos; Food Stylist: Ruth Blackburn

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