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Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups are so easy to make and make a great appetizer for your next party. These easy ham and cheese pinwheels would even make a great lunch.

Ham and cheese roll ups garnished with dried parsley sitting on a plate.

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Move over Pigs in a Blanket; there’s a new savory pastry in town, and it’s made with ham and cheese. These Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups are easy to make and perfect for any occasion.

Want more delicious roll up recipes to try out?  If you loved this easy appetizer recipe, and you’d like some more ideas for tortilla roll ups, then try this Easy DIY Homemade Baked Pizza Rolls made with just 3 Ingredients. Or, for a Mexican twist, make some Taco Rolls-Ups instead.

If you loved this recipe, you might enjoy my Air Fryer Hot Pockets with Ham and Cheese.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe…

  • Easy to Make – These tasty Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups are so easy to make that you’ll be able to whip them up in no time.
  • Great Appetizer—These little appetizers are the perfect easy party snack for your next party or game day. They’re savory, cheesy, and undeniably delicious.
  • Budget-friendly – Ham Cheese Roll-Ups are a budget-friendly way to feed a crowd. Plus, they’re easy to customize with your favorite toppings.

What Are Rolls-Ups?

Roll-Ups are a versatile and delightful finger food, perfect for any gathering or a quick snack. At their core, Roll-Ups consist of a flat dough, which can be homemade pizza dough, puff pastry, or even flour tortillas, topped with various fillings, then rolled up tightly and sliced into individual, bite-sized pieces. These fillings often include combinations of meats, cheeses, vegetables, or even sweet ingredients for a dessert version. 

Once prepared, the Roll-Ups are baked or, in some recipes, fried until golden and crispy. This cooking method ensures the outside has a satisfying crunch while the inside remains flavorful and gooey, especially with cheese-based fillings like the roll ups made here with ham and cheese. 

What’s in This Ham And Cheese Roll Ups Recipe?

Ingredients for Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups sitting on a marble countertop.
  • Refrigerated Rolled Pizza Dough: This dough provides a convenient and time-saving base for these roll-ups. Its soft, chewy texture perfectly encases the fillings.
  • Ham slices: Adds a savory, slightly salty flavor that pairs wonderfully with the cheese, making these roll-ups irresistibly delicious.
  • Cheddar Cheese, shredded: Brings a rich, tangy taste and a beautifully melted texture, adding depth to the overall flavor profile of the roll-ups.
  • Swiss Cheese, shredded: Offers a mild, nutty essence and creamy melt, which complements the cheddar’s sharpness and the ham’s saltiness.
  • Mayonnaise: Acts as a creamy binding agent for the cheeses, ensuring the roll-ups stay moist and flavorful.
  • Dijon Mustard: Provides a subtle kick and tanginess, enhancing the flavors of the other ingredients and adding a sophisticated depth to the roll-ups.
  • Dry Parsley for Garnish: Adds a fresh, slightly peppery touch to the finished dish, elevating its presentation and adding a hint of color.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can use any deli meat you’d like in this recipe.
  • You can add other herbs, spices, and parsley to infuse your rolls with other flavors. Add herbs de Provence, thyme, paprika, sage, rosemary, or ranch seasoning.
  • You can substitute any cheese for another. Try different combinations, like pepper jack, Swiss, American cheese, or even gruyere!
  • Try tasty additions like thinly sliced jalapenos or black olives for an extra kick.
  • Switch out the ham for turkey or roast beef for another flavorful twist on these ham cheese roll-ups.

How To Make Ham And Cheese Baked Roll-Ups (step-by-step directions)

  1. Unroll each dough onto a sheet of wax paper, then press or roll it into a thin, even rectangle with a rolling pin.

Ham & Cheddar: 

  1. Evenly spread mayonnaise on the dough, leaving a small border untouched (Photo 1).
  2. Place 6 slices of ham over the mayonnaise.
  3. Evenly sprinkle cheddar cheese over the ham (Photo 2).
  4. Use the wax paper to help roll the dough away from you, sealing the end seam into the roll (Photo 3).
  5. Wrap the roll in the wax paper.
Collage of flattened dough with mayo, ham, and cheese is rolled and sliced into pieces.

Ham & Swiss:

  1. Evenly spread Dijon mustard on the dough, leaving a small border untouched (Photo 1).
  2. Place 6 slices of ham over the mustard (Photo 2).
  3. Evenly sprinkle Swiss cheese over the ham (Photo 3).
  4. Use the wax paper to help roll the dough away from you, sealing the end seam into the roll (Photo 4).
  5. Wrap the roll in the wax paper.
  6. Refrigerate both rolls for about 30 minutes.
Collage of flattened dough with mustard, ham, and cheese being rolled.
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Trim the ends of the rolls, then cut them into even slices at the desired thickness (Photo 5).
  3. Place the slices with the spiral side up on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with parsley (Photo 6).
  4. Bake for about 18 minutes or until light brown. Allow cooling slightly before serving. 
Rolled dough filled with ham and cheese is sliced into pieces and placed into lined baking sheet.

Recipe Tips

  • You can assemble these up to a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Cut these rolls into different shapes using a cookie cutter before baking for a festive touch.
  • Ensure the dough is fully rolled out to an even thickness to prevent uneven baking.
  • Sprinkling a little flour on the wax paper can help prevent the dough from sticking when rolling.
  • If using additional fillings, ensure they are thinly sliced or finely chopped to maintain the roll’s structure.
  • To achieve a golden-brown finish, lightly brush the rolls’ tops with a beaten egg before baking.
  • Allow the baked roll-ups to rest for a few minutes after coming out of the oven; this makes slicing easier and helps retain their shape.
Ham and cheese roll ups on a white plate.

Storing Tips 

Store Leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. These delicious ham and Cheese Roll-Ups can also be frozen, making them a fantastic make-ahead option for quick snacks or easy party prep.

To freeze, place the cooled, baked roll-ups on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a resealable plastic bag or an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

When ready to enjoy, there’s no need to thaw; simply reheat the frozen roll-ups in a 350°F oven for about 10-15 minutes or until heated through and crispy. This method helps preserve their savory flavor and delightful texture.

Serving Suggestions

For a casual lunch or dinner, consider serving these roll ups alongside some freshly made salsa verde or crispy garlic Parmesan fries for added texture. They also complement with soup, making for a comforting meal option during colder months. 

For a more sophisticated appetizer setting, offer a selection of dipping sauces, such as ranch dressing, spicy hummus, or a roasted garlic shrimp dip, to elevate the flavors. 

Additionally, a platter of fresh vegetables or a selection of pickles and olives can balance the richness of the roll-ups, making for an enticing and dynamic spread.

Overhead view of ham and cheese roll ups sitting on a plate.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make these roll-ups with puff pastry or croissant dough?  

Yes, you can use puff pastry or croissant dough instead of the standard dough mentioned in the recipe. Just be mindful that cooking times may vary slightly due to differences in thickness and fat content.

What’s the best way to slice the roll-ups without squishing them?  

Use a serrated knife and gently saw back and forth for cleaner cuts without applying too much downward pressure. As recommended, chilling the rolls before slicing also helps maintain their shape during cutting.

Can these roll-ups be made vegetarian? 

Absolutely! You can replace the ham with a variety of vegetarian options, such as sliced bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, spinach, and artichokes. Just make sure your fillings are not too wet to prevent the dough from becoming soggy.

How do I prevent the roll-ups from becoming too brown or burning on the bottom? 

To prevent over-browning, you can double-layer your baking sheets or use a silicone baking mat on top of your parchment paper. This extra layer helps distribute heat more evenly and acts as insulation. Keep an eye on them while baking, and if you notice they’re cooking too quickly on the bottom, you can raise the oven rack one level higher.

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Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups on a white plate.
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Baked Ham and Cheese Pizza Dough Roll Ups


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Appetizer & Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Refrigerate: 30 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
Yields 12 Roll-Ups
TheseBaked Ham and Cheese Pizza Dough Roll Ups are easy to make and taste great! Plus, they're perfect for your Superbowl Party.

Ingredients 

  • 2 cans refrigerated rolled pizza dough
  • 12 slices ham
  • 2 cups (226 g) cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 cups (216 g) swiss cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • Dry parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Unroll each dough onto a sheet of wax paper, then press or roll it into a thin, even rectangle with a rolling pin.
    2 cans refrigerated rolled pizza dough

Ham & Cheddar:

  • Evenly spread mayonnaise on the dough, leaving a small border untouched
    2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Place 6 slices of ham over the mayonnaise.
    12 slices ham
  • Evenly sprinkle cheddar cheese over the ham
    2 cups cheddar cheese
  • Use the wax paper to help roll the dough away from you, sealing the end seam into the roll
  • Wrap the roll in the wax paper.

Ham & Swiss:

  • Evenly spread Dijon mustard on the dough, leaving a small border untouched
    2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • Place 6 slices of ham over the mustard
  • Evenly sprinkle Swiss cheese over the ham
    2 cups swiss cheese
  • Use the wax paper to help roll the dough away from you, sealing the end seam into the roll
  • Wrap the roll in the wax paper.
  • Refrigerate both rolls for about 30 minutes.

Cooking the Roll Ups

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Trim the ends of the rolls, then cut them into even slices at the desired thickness
  • Place the slices with the spiral side up on the lined baking sheet and sprinkle with parsley
    Dry parsley for garnish
  • Bake for about 18-20 minutes or until light brown. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Notes

  • You can assemble these up to a day in advance and store them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Cut these rolls into different shapes using a cookie cutter before baking for a festive touch.
  • Ensure the dough is fully rolled out to an even thickness to prevent uneven baking.
  • Sprinkling a little flour on the wax paper can help prevent the dough from sticking when rolling.
  • If using additional fillings, ensure they are thinly sliced or finely chopped to maintain the roll’s structure.
  • To achieve a golden-brown finish, lightly brush the rolls’ tops with a beaten egg before baking.
  • Allow the baked roll-ups to rest for a few minutes after coming out of the oven; this makes slicing easier and helps retain their shape.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 393kcal (20%) Carbohydrates: 32g (11%) Protein: 20g (40%) Fat: 21g (32%) Saturated Fat: 9g (56%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monounsaturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0.004g Cholesterol: 54mg (18%) Sodium: 1002mg (44%) Potassium: 112mg (3%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 4g (4%) Vitamin A: 341IU (7%) Vitamin C: 0.01mg Vitamin D: 0.3µg (2%) Calcium: 297mg (30%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

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