Ham & Cheese Rolls

Today is National Picnic Day. And these little pieces of heaven would be great at your next picnic or even your next road trip! All in one sandwich. And it’s homemade. So it’s pretty perfect.

A family favorite!

Ham and Cheese Rolls

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

1/2 cup warm water

2 1/2 tsp. instant yeast

1 cup scalded milk

1 cube soft butter

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

Pinch of salt

4-5 cups all purpose flour    

In a small sauce pan, prepare your milk. Place 1 1/4 cup milk, and turn on to medium heat. Let the milk begin to simmer, and bring to a boil. Remove the milk from the heat and set aside to cool. The milk will measure close to 1 cup when done.    

Meanwhile, proof the yeast in the warm water. Add 1 tsp. sugar to make the process go a bit faster. Once the yeast has bubbled, add the butter, 1/2 cup sugar and eggs. Then add the cooled milk, and 3-4 cups of flour. Turn on your mixer, and begin to bring the dough together. Add a bit more of flour, until the dough begins to come off the side of the bowl while mixing. Continue mixing for 3-4 minutes on medium speed. Remove the dough and place in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1-2 hours.

24 slices of cheese

24 slices of deli ham or your favorite lunchmeat

Everything Bagel Seasoning HERE

Divide the dough in to 2 pieces. Roll one section at a time on a lightly floured surface, 1/2″ thick. into a big round. Cut into 12 equal triangles. Cut in half once, then half again, and then into thirds. (think pizza)

For each triangle, place a piece of ham and cheese on the widest part. Then roll tightly from the widest part to the narrowest part, making a crescent shape. Place on a baking sheet, 12 per baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough has been rolled, cut, and made into a ham and cheese roll.

Brush the rolls with 1 egg, beaten. Using a pastry brush. Sprinkle with bagel seasoning, or a little kosher salt.

Bake at 400 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until the rolls are golden, and cooked through. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm. Or room temperature. These rolls freeze well too.

Happy roll making!

XO, Wendy

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