Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls
Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls

Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls

Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls are a fun, tasty treat kids and adults alike will love. They’re delicious as snacks or appetizers and perfect for feeding a crowd!

crunchy bread rolls filled with ham and cheese on a white serving platter

Table Of Contents

  • Other filling options
  • Assembly tips
  • Serving suggestions
  • Storage instructions
  • More snack recipes
  • Ham and Cheese Bread Rolls

I went a little overboard with the size of ham I bought for our Noche Buena feast, and three weeks later, I still have a generous amount of slices left in the freezer waiting to be used up. With that and day-old bread sitting in my pantry, ham and cheese bread rolls seemed like the perfect merienda to make this afternoon.

They took a bit more work than slapping together the ham and bread slices into a sandwich but enjoying them hot and fresh was worth the while. Golden and crunchy on the outside and gooey and cheesy on the inside, they’re a fun and tasty snack the whole family will love.

sliced bread, ham, eggs, cheese, bread crumbs


What makes these roll-ups uniquely delicious is a thin spread of strawberry jam. It might sound like a weird addition, but it does work. The sweetness balances the ham’s saltiness and the cheese’s richness for a whole level of yum!

And if you’re looking for other flavor varieties, check out these filling options below that you can substitute. These bread rolls are versatile; feel free to experiment with whatever veggies and protein you have.

rolling ham and cheese bread rolls


Other filling options

  • Bell peppers strips, browned sausage, cream cheese
  • Pepperoni slices, shredded mozzarella, pizza sauce
  • Shredded beef, sauteed mushrooms, cheese whiz
  • Canadian bacon, pineapple tidbits, quick-melt cheese
  • chopped Roma tomatoes, shredded mozzarella, basil leaves
  • hotdogs and cheese
  • Spam, scrambled eggs, cheddar
rolling ham and cheese bread rolls on a white platter ready to fry


Assembly Tips

  • Trim the edges of the bread with a sharp knife and flatten it with a rolling pin until very thin to make it easier to roll.
  • Roll bread into a log to enclose filling and press lightly on seams to completely seal. Secure with toothpicks, if needed, and remove when ready to dredge in bread crumbs.
  • Arrange breaded rolls in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for a few minutes. This step helps the breading stick and keeps the cheese from melting too much and leaking out during frying.

ham and cheese bread roll-ups on a white serving plate

Serving suggestions

Serve these crispy bread rolls with your favorite dipping sauce, such as ketchup or Ranch dressing. Enjoy a piece or two with melon juice for a tasty and filling midday snack!

Storage instructions

These bread rolls are best enjoyed hot and fresh from the pan and do not reheat well.

  • To make ahead for a party or to store for future use, arrange unfried rolls in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until firm. Transfer to a resealable bag or airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator and cook as directed in the recipe until golden and crunchy.

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