These hot ham and cheese pinwheels are rolls loaded with plenty of meat and swiss, then topped with a butter poppy seed sauce and baked to golden brown perfection. I serve ham and cheese roll ups at every party and there are never any leftovers!
Crispy brown rolls filled with smoky ham and melted cheese, then doused in butter. How could you possibly go wrong with that? These ham and cheese rolls are one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!
If you’re looking for a savory party appetizer that will keep your guests full and happy, you MUST try these ham and cheese pinwheels. These little rolls are absolutely delicious and are perfect for almost any occasion, like birthday parties, game day, or even as a main course. Best of all, they’re super easy to make with just a handful of ingredients.
How to make ham and cheese pinwheels
To make these ham and cheese roll ups, you’ll need pizza dough, ham, swiss cheese, butter, brown sugar, mustard and poppy seeds. The pizza dough gets rolled out into a rectangle, then is layered with ham and cheese and rolled up, jelly roll style. From there all you have to do is cut the loaf into slices, smother with the butter mixture, then bake. The end result is gooey, cheesy perfection.
I use a can of pizza dough for this recipe because it already comes shaped like a rectangle and is super easy to roll out. You’ll want to use very thinly sliced ham and cheese here so that you can tightly roll everything up. What I love about this recipe is that there’s just 10 minutes of prep time, but you end up with a whole pan full of delectable rolls that’s perfect for serving a crowd!
What’s your favorite party appetizer for easy entertaining? I’d love to hear your answer in the comments!
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Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
- 1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
- 3/4 lb ham very thinly sliced
- 8 ounces swiss cheese very thinly sliced
- 8 tablespoons butter melted
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
- cooking spray
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9"x13" pan with cooking spray.
- Unroll the pizza dough onto a non-stick surface and roll it into a large rectangle, roughly 13"x8" in size.
- Layer the ham on top of the pizza dough to cover it completely, then layer the cheese in the same fashion.
- Starting at one of the long ends, tightly roll up the dough, jelly roll style, pinching the end to seal.
- Cut the loaf crosswise into 12 equal sized pieces, then arrange in the prepared pan.
- Whisk together the butter, brown sugar, Dijon mustard and poppy seeds, then pour evenly over the rolls.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with parsley if desired, then serve.
- Recipe adapted from Kevin and Amanda.
- You can also make this recipe with crescent roll sheets instead of pizza dough, use 1 1/2 of the 8 ounce cans.
- Sesame seeds are a great substitute for poppy seeds for a little different take on things.
- The rolls can be stored unbaked for up to 24 hours in the fridge, simply cover with foil and then bake them when you're ready.
I’m snowed in and only have frozen pie crusts and puff pastry-can either be used or wait til next week? I have every thing else😀
I’d be concerned that both of those options would make the pinwheels greasy!
You can also buy the frozen bread loves in grocery store thaw rollout and make or make a quick pizza dough to roll out and fill. Or even pillsbury pizza dough 👏👏 which ever you find more convenient
Yummy, but I would recommend about half or quarter the amount of poppy seeds.
These are tasty! Quick and easy!
I have not made these yet. We travel/camp 3-4 mos with friends & these are the prefect appetizers or dinner with a salad, can’t wait to fix. I’m going to be the hit of the campground. Thank you
What cheese would Ben a good sub for Swiss?
Cheddar, Monterey Jack, fontina or mozzarella!
Made these for lunch with the girls along with a salad. I actually doubled the recipe – I have lots of extras to freeze and reheat as an appetizer or lunch . Whipped up quickly – loads of flavour – they all wanted the recipe.
I made these for my Bridge friends and everyone asked for the recipe! They were yummy!