These ham and swiss mini sandwich appetizers are perfect for a game day party, tailgating, or a cocktail party at home. Prepare this easy recipe ahead and serve warm or at room temperature.
Mini Sandwich Appetizers
This classic party sandwich recipe is made with ham, swiss cheese, and a buttery, Worcestershire, poppy seed sauce.
What makes this appetizer so good
Our party sliders are always a welcome addition to an appetizer buffet. Here are some reasons why.
- It’s loaded with lots of flavor in individual portions.
- They’re hearty and filling so they’re good to eat with alcohol drinks.
- They can be served warm or at room temperature.
- Make them several hours ahead and bake them when you’re ready to serve.
- Make them up ahead and freeze for later!
- Double the recipe for a larger party.
- This is an affordable recipe to feed a crowd.
- Simple ingredients are easy to find.
- Everyone loves them; they’re a crowd pleaser!
PARTY TIP: Estimate about 2 sandwiches per guest.
How to make ham and swiss appetizer sandwiches
- Cut – Use a serrated knife to cut the top from the bottom while keeping the sheet of rolls in tact.
- Melt – Combine the sauce ingredients together in a small sauce pan over low heat. Cook together for a couple of minutes or until the dried onions are rehydrated and soft.
- Layer – Brush the sauce evenly over the INSIDE part of the bottom and tops of the rolls. Then layer on the ham and cheese and add the top sheet of rolls.
- Bake – Cover with aluminum foil and bake until heated through.
When the rolls are done, use a sharp knife to cut the individual party sandwiches apart from one another, and serve.
Ingredient substitutions and tips
- We typically use boiled ham but you can use smoked or honey ham too.
- Use turkey or roast beef instead of ham.
- Swiss cheese is called for but white cheddar is a tasty substitution. In fact we love to use half swiss and half white cheddar slices.
- We use traditional party rolls in our recipe, but Hawaiian rolls, potato rolls, or small dinner rolls can also be used.
What to serve with them
These party sliders are easy to eat, and go with almost anything on a party buffet. Here are some ideas to round out your menu.
- Party cheese board
- Easy baked Artichoke dip
- Savory spicy pecans
- Honey chicken salad cups
- Easy spanakopita cups
Can I freeze party sandwiches?
Yes, you can prep these mini appetizer sandwiches ahead and freeze them for later.
Just follow all the steps in the recipe, except for baking.
Wrap them in aluminum foil and freeze for up to two months. Thaw in the refrigerator over night and then bake as directed.
More party sandwich recipes
- Baked mini party sandwiches with brown sugar glaze – These are exceptional for any finger food party!
- Turkey melt party sandwiches – Turkey and pepper jack cheese are delicious with a Dijon mayonnaise spread.
- Roast beef party sandwiches with chili lime mayo – Roast beef, bacon, and avocado get a southwestern spin.
- Mini muffin appetizer sandwiches – These small bites bring something different to the table with a sweet muffin base.
- Beef and blue cheese BLT mini sandwiches – There’s lots of flavor and texture in these sliders.
If you want to keep these warm during a party, place them in a large chaffing dish with sterno.
You can take these on a tailgating party or picnic. To keep them warm, wrap in aluminum foil and keep them in an insulated cooler with other hot items.
If you have any leftovers they will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Serve ham and swiss mini sandwich appetizers at your next party at home whether it’s for the family or for a crowd. They’re delicious, easy, and can be prepped ahead, which makes them a winner in my book!
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter
- 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tablespoon dry minced onion
- 8 slices boiled, smoked, or honey ham
- 8 slices swiss cheese
- 1 package mini party rolls (12 rolls)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small sauce pan, melt butter over low heat; add poppy seeds, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and onion. Stir to combine well.
- Cut top off of rolls while keeping them connected to each other. Place bottom halves in a baking dish.
- Brush melted butter mixture evenly over bottom and inside tops of rolls.
- Layer ham and cheese evenly on bed of rolls, and replace tops.
- Cover with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes.