This post was sponsored by King’s Hawaiian as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
My oldest daughter has officially completed her first 3 weeks of school, and it’s gone much more smoothly that we could have ever imagined. The faculty and staff has been absolutely wonderful and have done everything they can to make this transitional period smooth for us, and their communication with the things going on at the school has been fantastic!
At the beginning of each month, they send out a calendar from the cafeteria letting us know what will be on the menu for each day. While I encourage my daughter to try some of the foods on the menu each week, there are some days where I know my child won’t touch anything on her plate. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeve to make sure that on the days I pack her lunchbox, she has the most epic sandwiches packed in her box that the lunchroom has ever seen.
When packing school lunches, it’s easy to get into a peanut butter & jelly rut. Sure, PB&J and the classic ham/turkey and cheese are fine options, but my daughter loves to have things served up just a little bit differently. Though they may be quite simple in concept, these sandwich sliders anything buy ordinary. Friends, feast your eyes upon one of my daughter’s latest faves: Mini Ham Jam Sandwiches with a sweet mustard glaze!When it comes to making sandwiches and sliders, King’s Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls are the real MVP. In fact, all King’s Hawaiian products make for some pretty exciting back to school meal options! We love King’s Hawaiian rolls because they allow us to easily go in a sweet or savory direction with our sandwiches, and in this particular case, we get to have both sweet AND savory!
The sweetness of the Hawaiian rolls paired with my homemade strawberry chia seed jam is a perfect combination, and when the jam melts into an ooey gooey stream of deliciousness over the ham and cheese, you’re really in for a treat! This particular jam comes together in about 15 minutes and can be kept in the refrigerator for about 7-8 days. Tip: Adding chia seeds into a jam is a perfectly sneaky way to add in a boost of extra fiber! 😉
Making these sliders is super easy. In fact, the hardest part is not eating all of the King’s Hawaiian Rolls as soon as they come out of the package! Their sweet aroma and ultra soft texture is so tempting, it’s certainly not easy to not break off a roll to snack on while you’re preparing these sandwiches!
I simply sliced the rolls in half, added a layer of shaved deli ham, baby swiss cheese, 3-4 heaping spoonfuls of my homemade jam, and poured my homemade sweet mustard glaze over the sandwiches and baked for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is perfectly melted. Here’s a free printable copy of my recipe if you’d like to give it a try!
- 1 package King's Hawaiian Original Dinner Rolls
- 1 package shaved deli ham
- 1 package pre-sliced baby swiss cheese
- Strawberry Chia Seed Jam (see below) - or your favorite jam
- Sweet Mustard Glaze (see ingredients below)
- Strawberry Chia Seed Jam:
- 1 lb strawberries - stems removed
- 3-4 Tbs honey (3 is sweet enough for me, but add more if you like!)
- 2 Tbs chia seeds
- Sweet Mustard Glaze:
- 1 stick butter
- 2 Tbs yellow mustard
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 3 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Using a large bread knife, slice the package of King's Hawaiian Original Rolls in half hamburger style (to save time, don't break rolls apart before slicing)
- Layer bottom half of rolls into a greased baking dish
- Layer sliced deli ham and baby swiss cheese on top of bread, followed by a layer of jam (I used about 3-4 heaping spoonfuls to cover all of the sandwiches - see notes for my Strawberry Chia Seed Jam recipe)
- In a small pot, combine butter, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a boil. Once sauce begins to thicken slightly, the sauce is ready
- Place tops back onto rolls and pour sweet mustard glaze on top
- Bake for 15-20 minutes and serve immediately
Heat strawberries in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add in honey and stir
Once the strawberries begin to fall apart, use a potato masher to press the jam to the consistency you prefer
Allow mixture to come to a slow boil, then add chia seeds
Continue cooking over low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly
Remove from heat and pour into small mason jar
Jam will last in refrigerator for about 1 week
While these sandwiches are best served warm, it’s really not necessary. They’re equally amazing served chilled – and we’ve even been known to sneak one out of the refrigerator for breakfast before! When I pack these for my daughter, I’ll typically thrown in a crunchy chip or vegetable and a fresh fruit for her to eat with it. My daughter loves having something different from the typical lunch box sandwich, and these are definitely a hit with her!
How do you break out of the typical lunch box sandwich rut? What kind of sandwiches or sliders does your family like to prepare using King’s Hawaiian rolls? Next time you’re picking up lunch box staples for your child, skip the sliced bread and pick up a package of King’s Hawaiian bread to take your child’s lunch to the next level!