Ham and Pepper Jack Sliders


I had a plan.  A plan for super.  Alas, I forgot to get chicken!  I saw one of those food videos on Facebook for chicken cordon bleu sliders.  It looked really good and easy to make.  I already had a pack of jalapeno Hawaiian rolls, so I picked up a pack of ham on the way back from the in-laws Sunday.  The next day I realized – I had no chicken!  My son and I brainstormed last night about what to make with what we had and ham and pepper jack sliders was born!  I hope y’all enjoy our recipe which was an invention of necessity!

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The Ingredients

The ingredients are very simple for this recipe.  It’s really just a revved up ham and cheese sandwich!  We love Hawaiian rolls in our house and these jalapeno ones are great for a little extra flavor.

The ham I’m using is just regular sandwich meat I got at Dollar General.  Deli ham or shredded ham would be excellent in this too!  Remember, I used what I had on hand. The brown sugar was my son’s idea, which is genius, but I’m a little biased!

Prepping the Filling

Separate all the ham and add it and the brown sugar to a large baggie.  Close the top and shake it all up until the ham is well coated.  I don’t know why this picture is gridded!  I saved it as a regular picture and now it looks like this.  Weird.

Add the ham to a skillet heated over medium heat.  Cook it until it gets a little crispy, like bacon.  Yum!

Fold each slice of cheese into fourths.  My son is demonstrating how this is done below.  Proof that he helps in the kitchen (sometimes)!

Stack it up!

Rub down a casserole dish with coconut oil.  Separate the rolls and cut in half.  I just pulled mine in half – one less thing to wash!

Add 1/4 slice of cheese, then ham, then another 1/4 slice of cheese.  Put the tops back on and it’s almost ready for the oven.

I decided we needed a little something for the tops.  Melted butter and brown sugar!

Just brush the tops with the mixture.  Now it’s ready for the oven!

I cooked these for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Then I turned the broiler on for about 2 minutes.  Next time, I’ll add about 2-5 minutes to the cook time and drop the broil time to 1 minute.  The tops are a little dark, but still delicious!  The recipe will account for the time change.

These were so good and easy to make!  I think I’ll need to double it next time to feed my guys. 🙂

I made a little ranch for dipping with Greek yogurt and homemade ranch mix.  It was okay with this, but I’m still working on a dipping sauce!  Any suggestions?

Hope y’all enjoy this quick and easy mid-week meal!

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Ham and Pepper Jack Sliders


  • 12 pk jalapeno Hawaiian rolls
  • 8 oz package black forest ham thinly sliced
  • 6 slices pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp salted butter, melted
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Rub casserole dish with coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Separate ham. Add ham and 1/4 cup brown sugar to baggie, close, and shake to coat.
  3. Cook ham in skillet over medium heat until crispy on the edges. Set aside.
  4. Cut or fold the cheese into fourths and set aside.
  5. Separate the rolls and cut the tops off. Place the bottoms in the casserole dish.
  6. Layer 1/4 slice cheese, ham, and 1/4 slice of cheese on each roll bottom. Top with roll tops.
  7. Mix melted butter and 2 tsp brown sugar in small bowl. Spread mixture on roll tops.
  8. Bake sliders in the oven for 10-15 minutes, just until cheese is melted. Turn oven to broil and cook another minute +/-, just until the tops are toasted.
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  1. Angel Gray says:

    You have me on everything but the sauce! I don’t think brown-sugar coated black forest ham mixes well with ranch dressing… though many people eat ranch on EVERYTHING…lol…
    I would suggest making a sweet onion and cyan pepper sauce.. take sweet onion, and a pinch of cyan pepper; saute in butter or olive oil until the onion is transparent and very limp (almost too soft) add hemp seed and 1/2 tsp of vinegar, 1/2 tsp of brown mustard, 1 to 2 tlbs of brown sugar add salt and pepper.. cook it until you have a sauce… this will incorporate the heat from the roll and the brown sugar in the ham…
    Now of course you will need to play with your serving sizes accordingly, but this would be something I would try and pair with these sliders… hmmm I may have to try this myself very soon… as always great read…

    • Kristie Cook says:

      That sounds like a great sauce for this! I wasn’t a fan of the ranch on it either – sometimes you just have to test things out. 🙂

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