Watch Us Make: Caramelized Ham and Swiss Buns

A make-ahead meal that takes ham-and-cheese to a whole new level.

In life, there are plenty of things you can do today that your future-self will thank you for: writing out a grocery list, making your bed in the morning and whipping up a batch of these Caramelized Ham & Swiss Buns.

Home cook Iris Weihemuller of Baxter, Minnesota shared her recipe for these oven-baked sandwiches. These aren’t your average slapped-together sammies! The ingredients include classic ham and cheese, plus poppy seeds for texture, brown sugar for sweetness, and horseradish to give each bite a little zing.

“My next-door neighbor shared her version of this recipe with me,” Iris says, “You can make it ahead and cook it quickly when company arrives.” We love the idea of having these rolls at the ready for visitors, weeknight dinners or even a late-night snack. For more pre-prepped meal ideas, try our 25 Make-Ahead Appetizer Recipes.

Since the recipe needs to chill for a few hours, it’s best to prep the day before. Set away some time on a Sunday afternoon, and they’ll be a quick-fix for Monday night. Have a few tiny hands available to help? Make it a learning moment for kids in the kitchen. Have your little ones layer on the ingredients as you cook down the onion, sugar, and spices on the stove. Enjoy!