Ham and Cheese Sliders

When I hear the word ‘slider’, I think of mini burgers and searching images on Google, you’re bombarded with images of tiny (but delicious) burgers. The term however can also refer to generally a small sandwich served on soft rolls and it’s the latter which I want to share with you. These are my take on Ham and Cheese Sliders.

I first came across the Ham and Cheese Sliders from one of my favourite Youtube channels, StephenVlog. Stephen Georg, along with his wife, runs various channels on Youtube covering content from video gaming to painting to daily vlogging. Stephen’s daily vlogs usually contain some food and whether it’s a recipe that Mal’s cooking, Stephen’s mother Debra’s cooking or food from a restaurant/fast food chain, there’s a lot of food there to inspire you to cook something!

And inspired I was by Day 1352 of their vlog to make the Ham and Cheese Sliders. You can watch the vlog here:

I’ve adapted the recipe slightly to the way that Mal makes it in the video. From watching the vlogs (and seeing other versions of the recipe online), the Hawaiian rolls that are used remain soft even after the baking but I much prefer a crunchy top which adds a slight contrast of texture to the soft base and the ham and cheese. So instead of melting the margarine/butter as Mal does, I mix it with lots of flavoursome ingredients before spreading over the top half of the roll. I also spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the rolls for extra richness.

I use honey roast ham and cheddar cheese, both of which are never amiss in my fridge, however you can use any type of ham and cheese you want. This recipe is also easily scalable to make a fantastic party dish and you can buy packs of 12 soft rolls from most supermarket bakeries.

4 soft bread rolls

50g cream cheese

12 slices of honey roast ham

80g cheddar cheese, grated

50g margarine

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp dried basil

¼ tsp salt

Ground black pepper, to season

Preheat the oven to 200˚C. Line a baking tin with foil.

Slice the bread rolls in half and place the bases into the baking tin. Spread over a thin layer of the cream cheese and season with pepper. Top each half with 3 slices of the ham and sprinkle with the grated cheese, seasoning with a bit more pepper.

In a small bowl, mix together the margarine with the garlic powder, dried basil and salt. Then spread a layer of the margarine on the top of each top half of the roll. Season with more pepper and then put on top of each bottom half to make a sandwich.

Bake the sliders for around 15 minutes until the tops have browned and are crisp. Serve the sliders with a side of your choice; chips, crisps or coleslaw work brilliantly with the sliders.

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