Ham and Cheese Rolls

One of our favorite things, (other then raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens) are these mouthwatering ham and cheese rolls.  Not only are they perfect for dinner, but lunch and breakfast as well. Oh yes..you can eat these for every meal. Awesome!!  You make them just like you would a cinnamon roll, only instead of the cinnamon and sugar..it’s ham and cheese. Delicious and easy, how can you say no?  The perfect blend of cheesy ham tucked inside homemade bread, leaves your tummy happy and wanting more. :)  Got this recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe  (my favorite spot)

Ingredients: (For the bread dough)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 Tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups flour

The filling:
12 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened (I usually leave out the butter)
2 cups chopped ham (leftover ham or deli ham works well.)
2 cups shredded cheese (swiss, cheddar…whatever you like)
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
(you can also add chopped green onions, broccoli,  etc to get a different flavor and add veggies to this meal. :D)

The Dough How-To:
*In a large bowl, stir together warm water, yeast and sugar.  Let stand until foamy..about 10 minutes
*To the yeast mixture, add the oil, salt and 2 cups flour
*Mix until combined
*Add in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough has pulled away from the sides of the bowl. (usually it’s about 3 1/2 cups of flour)
*Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic
*lightly oil a large bowl, place dough in the bowl and turn to coat it with the oil
*Cover with a damp cloth
*let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour
*after it has risen, deflate dough andturn it out onto a lightly floured surface
*roll it into a large rectangle shape, about a 1/2 inch-1 inch thick

The Filling How-To:

*In a small bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese. 
*Spread the rolled out dough with the butter/cream cheese mixture

*Top with the ham, cheese and chopped broccoli and onions (if using)
*Roll the dough up, pinching the seam to seal. (Just like if you were making a cinnamon roll)
*Slice the roll into 1-inch segments
*Place the rolls on a lightly greased baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap
*Let the rolls rise until nearly doubled
*Bake in a preheated 350* oven  for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly

I know this might sound like a lot of work, but really, it’s easy.  Make the dough first, let it go through it’s rising process.  While that’s happening, let the butter and cream cheese soften on a counter top.  Chop any veggies you want and shred the cheese.  After the dough has risen, roll it out and add the yummy ingredients.  Roll it up, pop it in the oven and patiently wait for it to bake.  (That’s the hardest part for me..)


Have fun with this one. Try different fillings..pepperoni and cheese is a close second in our house. :D

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