If you are wanting to easily feed a group of friends this holiday this Ham Buns recipe is perfect. This recipe is from my sister-in-law’s mother. Everyone in the family has been making them for years with crowd pleasing results! It is what we serve for the Fourth of July at my home! By the time the Fourth of July rolls around our friends and family are tired of the normal grilling fare! We mix it up with these delicious ham buns. This recipe can be grilled or even cooked on a campfire and makes for a portable meal perfect for dinner on the boat or around a campfire.
I especially love that these ham buns can be made in advance and even frozen. That makes one less thing to do the day of your party and allows you time to sit back and relax!
Ham Buns Recipe
2 Sticks (1 Cup) Butter, room temperature
2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
5 Tablespoons yellow mustard
1 large white or yellow onion, finely chopped
1½ pounds shredded Swiss cheese
3 pounds shaved ham
48 King Hawaiian Butter Rolls (4 packages)
Stir together butter, poppy seeds, yellow mustard and chopped onion to make the mustard sauce. In a separate bowl mix together ham and swiss. It is easiest to mix with your hands.
Remove rolls from package. Be sure to keep the oven safe tray the rolls come in. Keeping rolls together slice rolls in half. King Hawaiian Rolls are moist and delicious and make this recipe supper yummy and easy!
Evenly divide ham mixture between the four roll bottoms.
It will be a generous amount. Yum!
Wrap the rolls in their tray in heavy duty aluminum foil.
Once wrapped, they can then be frozen or heated right away while wrapped in foil. Now if you don’t want to heat up your house throw the foil wrapped buns onto your grill over indirect heat. Heat them slowly for about 30 minutes. They only need to be warmed so butter and cheese melt. They can also be baked at 350 degrees in an oven for about 30 minutes.
If you like to be outside at the lake as much as we do, warm them on a camp fire lakeside….just keep them away from a direct flame. Place the foil wrapped buns in a cast iron dutch oven. Turn the buns frequently to keep them from burning. After about 20 minutes depending on your fire the buns should be warm and gooey!
Once heated through and cheese has fully melted remove from the foil. Use a serrated knife to cut apart the sandwiches.
For large groups, figure about 1½ ham buns per person. Serve hot! What an easy way to feed a crowd! I believe like King’s Hawaiian® that sharing remarkable food and laughter with family and friends makes life sweeter.
We are also huge fans of the King Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns! Man they are good! We love to fix them up like a Chicago dog. This is another easy party meal.
Make your party festive by serving a red white and blue layered drink. Be sure to dress the part with red white and blue ponytail holders and a DIY flag shirt. Make your tables sparkle with a star Fourth of July centerpiece. Help guest keep hold of their napkin and cutlery with a red white and blue treat sack. Printable pinwheels are an easy way to dress up potted plants in your yard. Red white and blue cupcakes with candy star cupcake toppers are the perfect dessert. The day wouldn’t be complete without a parade! Check out our Fourth of July Parade floats.
Another crowd pleasing meal we serve during our Fourth of July weekend is a walking taco!