Don’t know what to do with your Thanksgiving and Christmas leftover Turkey and/or Ham? Make these delicious Holiday Party Ham Buns (Southern Baked Ham & Cheese Sandwiches).
Don’t know what to do with leftover Easter and Christmas ham? How about some Ham or Turkey Buns?
In 2003, I up and left my beautiful house in Tarzana, California. I discovered after moving that all I needed was a vacation, not a total Coast to Coast relocation. It is a decision I regret to this day.
I loved my townhouse so much. It was huge and beautiful and I loved my wrap around balcony. I used to stay out there forever and just look out at the Valley and the beautiful mountain and hills and enjoy living in beautiful Southern California.
This was before the real estate craziness and before investors took advantage of the market and made owning a house a luxury, rather than a necessity. Now, unless you are in the 1%, you can’t touch that area. Ugh, what a mistake.
My travels took me to Charleston, South Carolina and it is a charming and beautiful City. I learned all about “Ham Buns,” and a party gathering was not complete without Ham Buns.
In Miami, where I am originally from, the Cuban Bakeries have Ham Buns, that are similar and equally as delicious. Be on the lookout for that recipe.
Another yummy recipe for leftover Ham Bones and Ham is my Pressure Cooker Split Pea Soup.
This looks like a plain ole ham and cheese sandwich, but it’s not, just wait! Thin layer of mayo, some Swiss Cheese, ham…. Wait, there is more.
In a medium saucepan, melt some butter. I like to use my stove, but if you want to nuke it in the microwave, do it slowly, in increments of 10 seconds.
Whisk until all the ingredients are completely combined.
Make sure the buns are tightly together, next to each other, so that there are no gaps. Brush the sauce all over the tops of the buns and let some drip in between the buns.
Doesn’t that look delicious!!!! This will soak into the buns and be so wonderful.
Cover the pan with tin foil and put into the refrigerator overnight. These taste best if you prepare them the night before you need them, but if want them in a hurry, let them rest at least 30 minutes prior to baking and then pop them in the oven for 15 minutes, covered.
Sprinkle some brown sugar over the top and pop back into the oven for just a few minutes.
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- J.A. Henckels Classic 7-inch Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- Bellemain Porcelain Ramekins
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Pyrex Baking Dish
- Silicone BBQ Brush
- Stainless Steel 3 Quart Saucepan
Here is the handy printable recipe:
Don't know what to do with your Thanksgiving and Christmas leftover Turkey and/or Ham? Make these delicious Holiday Party Ham Buns.
- 12 Kings Hawaiian Buns (or other soft buns)
- 12 squares Ham ( or Turkey)
- 12 squares Swiss Cheese
- 3 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Butter (melted)
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard (Spicy or Yellow Mustard)
- 2 teaspoons Poppy Seeds
- 1 teaspoon Minced Onions
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
With a sharp bread knife, carefully cut the rolls in half, making sure to keep the attached.
Place the bottom half into a baking dish and spread with 1/2 of the mayonnaise. Place a piece of cheese and then ham on top of each piece. Spread mayonnaise on the inside of the top buns and place on top of the bottom buns with the ham and cheese.
In a small saucepan on low, melt the butter and then remove from heat. Whisk in the mustard, onion flakes, Worcestershire and poppy seeds.
Brush sauce over tops of rolls.
Cover with foil and let sit on the counter for 30 minutes, or overnight in the refrigerator.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Uncover and sprinkle the brown sugar over the top and place back in oven for 5 more minutes, or until the top buns are slightly brown. Serve warm.
This can be prepared the prior day. After covering the buns, place in refrigerator overnight.