Ham and Cheese Rolls: Whether for back to school lunches or a weeknight dinner, these ham and cheese rolls are soft, fluffy, flavorful, and delicious.
I know there are a lot of different preferences when it comes to rolls. Some like harder, more rustic rolls, like these ones: Rustic Rolls But I prefer my rolls to be soft, fluffy, and nice and buttery, like these simple and quick dinner rolls. If you are anything like me, you are going to absolutely LOVE these easy to make Ham and Cheese Rolls. They start with the simple and quick dinner roll recipe, and are then layered with pimento cheese spread, black forrest ham, and cream cheese.
This Ham and Cheese Rolls recipe is a friend’s family favorite. She makes them for her kids, and mentioned to me that I really should put them on my blog. I totally agreed because they are such a fun meal, and even one you can make ahead for things like school lunches. (P.S. If you are hurting for school lunch ideas, I made a list of 16 of my favorite, no hassle, throw together (no cook), lunchbox ideas, and you can find it here.)
When making theseHam and Cheese Rolls there are a couple things to keep in mind:
- Dough Enhancer is a great help. Just a spoonful of dough enhancer will help you get a better dough. I have a jar in my cupboard and I add it to my homemade doughs, and love the results. However, it is not a necessity, so if you don’t have it, you can skip it. Or you can order it here: Dough Enhancer.
- Dough consistency is key. With baking you can’t be so exact sometimes. The recipe may call for x amount of flour, but you need to pay attention to your dough. You want your dough to be sticky enough to stick to your finger, but you want it to pull lose as you pull your finger away, without leaving a mess on your hands. So add flour and knead to get to the proper consistency.
- Let rise. If you are in a big hurry, you can skip the second rise time, but they will be slightly denser in consistency.
- Bake longer if needed. As you can see from these photos mine are slightly under cooked. They were still delicious. But because they are rolled up, you want to make sure the inside is cooked through. So check that the top is nice and browned.
- Adjust the filling to your preference, not a cream cheese fan? Leave it out. Can’t find pimento spread? Leave it out. Prefer roast beef? Add it. Have fun with these.
- Bake on silicone baking mats. They make clean up a breeze, the rolls won’t stick to them, and they are just plain awesome. I love them and bake just about everything on them.
One thing you will love about these Ham and Cheese Rolls is that they do not require too much active cooking time. This means you can mix them up, and leave them alone, then roll them out, then leave them alone. So you could make them on any old day of the week, as long as you give yourself a few minutes here and there. And isn’t it nice to have a hot roll with dinner? Or a hot ham and cheese roll for dinner?
My kids love these rolls! Kid approved.
Consider serving with:
- The Ultimate Easy BBQ Baked Beans
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Rainbow Macaroni Salad
- Light Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Summer Fruit Salad