Ham and Cheese Rolls for the Win!

We are getting ready for the back to school week. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. So to make things a little easier I baked up some of my kids favourite things for quick & easy lunch making.

One of their favourites are these delicious ham and cheese rolls. The wait time is a little long so you'll need to put aside your morning to make these, but they are super easy and so so yummy!

Most of my recipes are passed down from great aunts and grandparents, so the ingredients and instructions are always very vague. You know, a handful of this and a dash of that, and the instructions, well not so many! I hope my instructions are easy to understand.   

Ham and Cheese Rolls

Ingredients for the dough:                                                                             

  • 2 Tbsp. yeast                                                                                                 
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar                                                                                                
  • 3 cups warm water                                                                                       
  • 1 cup milk                                                                                                     
  • 1 Tbsp. salt 
  • 1/2 cup oil                                                                                             
  • Flour - start with 4 cups and add as needed until the dough doesn't stick 

Ingredients for filling:

  • 3 cups shredded cheese (mozzarella cheese or mix)                                 
  • 1 egg                                                                                                             
  • 2 Tbsp. milk                                                                                                   
  • 2 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan                                                                   
  • 1 tsp. Oregano                                                                                               
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups chopped ham (or whatever you have for sandwich meat)


    In a small bowl combine the sugar and yeast. Add warm water enough so the yeast is covered. Set aside and let the yeast rise approx. 10 min.

    In a large mixing bowl combine water, milk, salt, oil and warm water. Add approx. half (2 cups) flour. Mix well.

    Now add the yeast/sugar mixture into the large mixing bowl. Incorporate it into the flour mixture.  Start kneading the dough. (I usually turn the dough onto a floured surface for kneading).

    Keep adding flour until the dough no longer sticks (at least 2 cups, possibly more).

    Move the dough into a larger bowl to rise. Knead if needed. Cover the dough with a towel and let rise for approx. 1 hour.

    Filling Method:

    While dough is rising, cut up (dice) meat (sandwich meat of any kind, ham, farmer sausage, etc.). You decide whatever your family enjoys. Once cut up place in a bowl and cover. Put it in the fridge.           

    Grate cheese and place in a bowl. Cover and put in the fridge.

    in a small mixing bowl whisk one egg, add garlic, milk, parmesan, and oregano.

    Rolling out the dough:

    Preheat oven @425 F 

    Once risen, divide the dough into 12 portions. Roll each portion individually. Roll the dough into a circle about half an inch thick, and cut into four triangles (half and then half again).

    Brush the egg mixture on each triangle. Place ham and shredded cheeses near the wide end of the triangle. Roll each triangle up starting at the wide end. Place on baking sheet. Repeat until all the dough is used up. 

    Bake approximately 15-20 min.



    Enjoy these hot or cold. I like to freeze mine and put them in the kids lunches. Easy lunch “sandwiches”.

    If you have any questions ask away. Let me know how they turn out for you once you’ve tried the recipe.                                                         

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