Hearty Melted Ham and Cheese Roll Recipe

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Bear with me guys—this recipe really is incredibly tasty, even though the ingredients and how it looks when mixed together tends to deter people sometimes. But if you’re brave enough to give it a go, I know you’ll love how yummy and filling this hearty hamroll recipe is!

hamroll ingredients

This recipe is a family tradition. I’ve had it for every New Years Eve dinner since I can remember. My grandmother found it in a long lost magazine years before I was even born and I’m not really sure why it became a tradition, but I’ve taken it into my own little family’s yearly dinners now.



12-13 Hot dog buns

Tin foil rectangles



2 cups ham, chopped

2 cups cheddar cheese, cubed (I use Sharp cheddar)

¼ cup (about 3) green onions, chopped

3 large eggs, hard-boiled and chopped

½ cup green olives, chopped



2/3 cup Heinz Chili sauce

½ cup Miracle Whip



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop up the ham, cheese, hardboiled eggs, green onions and green olives. Mix them all in a large bowl and add more of any ingredient you’d like until it “looks right” to you.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the chili sauce and the Miracle Whip. The sauce should look pinkish-red after stirred. (Just like with any part of this recipe, you can add more or less chili sauce and Miracle Whip based on how you like it to taste. I like a little more chili sauce taste because I’ve never been a big fan of Miracle Whip.)
  3. Add sauce to bowl with filling and mix until it’s all evenly coated.

hamroll mixed together

4. Fill each hot dug bun with some of the filling.

hamroll in roll

5. Then, wrap the buns in a tin foil rectangle, making sure to pinch up the sides. Put the foil buns in a casserole deep dish and put the dish in the oven for about 20 minutes. This will melt the cheese, warm the ham, and mix the ingredients’ flavor together.

hamroll foil

Serve immediately!

Makes 12-13 hamrolls, using these measurements



  • I’ve found that using name brand for the chili sauce is important. The off-brand stuff just doesn’t taste as good.
  • Make sure you use MIRACLE WHIP and not Mayonnaise
  • Add more or less of ingredients however you’d like. My grandmother would do mostly ham and cheese and hardly anything else while my mom always tries to make it pretty even. I tend to put a little less green onions and more green olives, but that’s just how I like it.
    • Even if you don’t like one of the ingredients, put a little in there anyways so you still get the intended flavor
  • For picky eaters, you can make a batch that just has ham and cheese in a hamroll, but that’s no fun!
  • If you have more than what you’ll eat in one sitting, wait to cook them in the oven until you’re ready to eat them. You can reheat any hamroll in the microwave, but it’s not as tasty as fresh from the oven!

hamroll finished

This may not be the most attractive dish, but it sure is yummy! And very filling! Let me know if you try these. The in-laws that have married into our family are pretty split on liking them so I’d be interested to know what your opinion is!

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Heather lives with her husband, daughter and son and has learned to accept that Utah is now her permanent home. Before becoming a stay at home mom, she taught elementary school and loves to use that background to create fun activities to entertain her children. Though staying home with the kids is great, Heather has always enjoyed finding more ways she can keep herself sane, including elaborate cross stitch designs and playing with any puppy she can find. She particularly loves to read and write and prides herself in always remaining honest in her posts about life as a wife and mother, even when the truth is sometimes embarrassing.


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