Funeral Sandwiches are delicious ham and cheese sliders you can make as an easy appetizer recipe or as a family friendly meal. Full of warm salty ham, nutty Swiss cheese and topped with a tangy Dijon butter sauce, these mini slider sandwiches are nothing to be sad about!
In fact, they’re one of my go-to meals during harvest and planting seasons.
Why are they called funeral sandwiches?
These delicious ham and cheese sliders can be made as an easy appetizer recipe or as a family friendly meal.
So why does something so delicious have a name like funeral sandwiches? Good question, but if you’ve ever made funeral potatoes, you’re already nodding your head along with me.
Funeral sandwiches with Dijon mustard are notorious for being served at church gatherings. They’re a southern tradition, too, I’m told!
Why? Because they’re such a crowd pleasing recipe and are easy to make. It goes without saying that in addition to all celebrations, they’ve made their way into the funeral luncheon circuit too.
It doesn’t seem to happen as much these days, but “back in the day” my Grandma and Mom would prepare potluck dishes for our church funerals. After the church ceremony, everyone would head over to the church basement for a luncheon.
More often than not, funeral sandwiches would be at such luncheons at churches, particularly in the south.
Funeral Sandwich Ingredients
Funeral Sandwiches are made with super simple ingredients, like standard Hawaiian rolls. Rolls are toped with nutty Swiss cheese, salty ham and a tangy dijon butter mixture is poured over the top.
Then, they bake into mini-sandwiches of deliciousness.
The bottom soaks up some of the butter sauce. The middle is warm and melty, and the top half is seasoned just right. Delicious!
How to Make Funeral Sandwiches for Later:
Before I tell you how to make funeral sandwiches for later, let me start by staying this is one of the BEST food gifts. People will LOVE you for it. For real!
What will make people love you even more is if you give these in a disposable dish so they don’t have to worry about returning your casserole dish. It’s a great way to make life easier for the recipient, you know?
Okay, now that it’s out of the way, let’s make funeral rolls.
Place bottom halves of the buns in an oven safe baking dish. Add your slice of ham and cheese. Add the bun tops to the sandwiches. Prepare the butter mixtures and pour it over the tops of the sandwiches. Cover with plastic wrap, then foil.
If you’re giving these as a food gift, make sure to include baking instructions!
Funeral Slider Tips:
- You can use yellow mustard if you don’t have Dijon
- A serrated knife works best for cutting these into portions.
- This is a great way to use leftover ham from Easter and other occasions!
- If you don’t like Swiss cheese, use another kind
What to serve with Funeral Sandwiches
Other mini slider sandwiches:
- 1 lb deli ham slices
- 6 slices of Swiss cheese
- 1 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 package sweet dinner rolls (Hawaiian rolls)
- Cut entire package of rolls in half horizontally. Place bottom half in a 9x9 ovenproof baking dish. Layer ham and Swiss cheese over bottom half.
Replace the top of the rolls.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together dijon mustard, melted butter, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce.
Pour sauce over the rolls, just covering the tops. Cover with foil and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Uncover and cook for additional 2 minutes until tops are slightly browned and crisp. Serve warm or at room temperature.
You can use yellow mustard if you don't have Dijon
A serrated knife works best for cutting these into portions.
This is a great way to use leftover ham from Easter and other occasions!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 136Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 583mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 11g