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Quickly: name something more divinely comforting than hot, soft, tender bread fresh from the oven. Can’t be done, you say?
I would normally agree with you, but I have an advantage because I know there is one thing; Hot Ham Cheese Rolls. These aren’t just any rolls though.
Hot Ham & Cheese Rolls start with the most beautiful, easy-to-work-with semolina dough (as seen here and here) wrapped around classic smoked deli ham. They have loads of shredded cheddar, and just enough chopped green onion to keep things interesting.
The dough is sliced into rolls, and baked to perfection, ready to unwind or bite straight through the pinwheel of tender bread, hot salty ham, and melted, gooey cheesy perfection.
You can make this virtuous by adding a salad on the side and calling it a meal, but you could also shamelessly dive into one or two or three of them with a glass of wine or all by themselves. I’m not judging.
This recipe was tested extensively using the dough from my Sesame Semolina Bread and I stand by it being the very best for our Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls. That being said, if you can’t find semolina flour (ahem, here), or don’t want to make your own, it works well with thawed, frozen regular bread dough.
You can use whichever deli ham you like best in the Hot Ham Cheese Rolls, but I highly recommend a Virginia style smoked ham off the bone for both flavour and texture.
Let’s talk cheese. I love, adore, admire, and otherwise swoon over Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar for this recipe. This is not sponsored, I’m just a serious Cabot fan-girl and I think their Cheddar delivers the right combination of melty perfection and sharpness. That said, use whichever cheddar YOU like best!
I only use the green parts of the green onions here, but if you’re partial to using the whole thing, feel free… it will make the rolls far more onion-forward, though.
Leftovers reheat nicely when wrapped in foil and popped in a 350°F oven for about 15 minutes.
Should you find yourself in the almost unbelievable situation of being unable to eat or give away the Hot Ham Cheese Rolls before they go bad, you can freeze the baked rolls and reheat as described above, adding an extra 8 or so minutes to the heating time.
I do not advise freezing these before baking as the cheese may suffer texturaly.
If you’re looking for more cheesy goodness, check out our Argentinian Grilled Cheese Appetizer- Provoleta. It’s a terrific and easy way to feed a crowd.
Check out the video below to see just how easy the whole process is!
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Hot Ham and Cheese Rolls
- 1 batch Sesame Semolina Bread Dough or 2 pounds frozen bread dough, thawed according to package instructions
- 19 thin slices deli ham
- 8 ounces sharp Cheddar, grated coarsely
- 1 bunch green onions, green parts only thinly sliced
- Roll out the bread dough until it is a 24-inch by 18-inch rectangle. Sprinkle about a quarter of the cheese over the surface of the dough. Lay out the ham slices in overlapping rows to cover all but 1-inch along the 24-inch side nearest you.Scatter the remaining grated cheese and green onions over the ham. Gently roll the furthest edge onto itself and roll up toward you. Gently pinch the seams together and slice into 1 1/2-inch to 2-inch rounds. Arrange on a silpat or parchment lined half-sheet pan. Cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for about 45 minutes, or until puffy looking.Preheat oven to 400°F. Remove the towel and bake for 20-25 minutes or until deep golden brown. Let the rolls stand for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack or serving plate.