Make Ahead “Party Sandwiches”

These simple make-ahead Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, or as we refer to them, “Party Sandwiches” are a snack that my grandmother has been making since I was young, and at any family gathering that they appear at, they are instantly swarmed and consumed.

They are a cinch to make, and my favorite part of this recipe is that you can prep them the day before, layer them in a foil, disposable pan or a Pyrex dish, keep in your refrigerator covered, and then just heat and serve when the party starts.

The original recipe calls for these to be made with King’s Hawaiian Yeast Rolls, and that is certainly just fine & perfectly delicious as well, but these mini croissants that I found at Sam’s Club (love shopping in bulk!) elevated the game a bit and they were dainty little finger sandwiches just perfect for a mid-morning baby shower. But, pretty much any roll or bread of choice will be just perfect for these.

Here is how I made them…

Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches 

This is not an exact science, and I am not even sure I can call this a “recipe”, it’s more of a method, but I will walk you through it.


  • Sandwich bread: croissants, slider rolls, mini buns, or even dinner rolls
  • Deli Ham, thinly sliced
  • Swiss Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Honey
  • Brown Sugar
  • Poppy Seeds


First, let’s start with the dressing…

Depending on how many sandwiches you are making, the amounts can drastically differ, so I always do this dressing based on proportions rather than an actual recipe. It’s always 2 parts Dijon mustard to 1 part each of the mayo, honey, and brown sugar. And then sprinkle in as many poppy seeds as your heart desires, and salt and pepper to taste, also if desired. Set the dressing aside and allow the flavors to marry.

Split the bread into 2 equal pieces and liberally spread the homemade honey mustard dressing onto each side.

Add 1 slice of cheese to each bread slice. And then, pile a few thin slices of shaven ham just for good measure, and then put it all together.

I used a 12 slice of Swiss Cheese on each half and 1 full thin, slice of ham on each side.

Then, sandwich it all together!

So very simple, but so very delicious.

I love seeing all those fluffy crowns packed neatly inside the pan, ready to be baked, and, most importantly, enjoyed.

1 pan of these down… only 4 more to go!

Then, cover with a large sheet of aluminum foil, & store in the refrigerator until ready to heat and serve.

When ready to serve, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Heat the sandwiches, still covered, for 12-15 minutes, or until just toasted and the cheese has melted. I like to uncover mine for just the last 2-3 minutes to ensure the tops get a little toasty as well. But, that’s just me. Then pile them high on a platter so your guests can grab 1 or 2… or even 3.


They are delicious hot and fresh from the oven, or even at room temperature, should they sit out just a bit too.

The most important thing is, the ones you share these little party sandwiches with, and we had such a fun afternoon all together.



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