Funeral Rolls taste AMAZING! They are an easy appetizer recipe to make and let me tell you they are nothing to mourn about. I was first introduced to these delicious Funeral Sandwiches many years ago when I taught at North Laurel High in London, KY. My co-worker made these for a teachers meeting and everyone gobbled them up! She told me they are called Funeral Rolls because they were prepared for funeral “layouts” traditionally in the South.
If you have ever been to a layout in the south you know that there is always delicious food at the meal. They are so easy to make and what I love is that can prepare them in advance and then bake them when you are ready. I made these for my family this year at Christmas and they loved them! They would make a fabulous appetizer for game day too!
We prefer our Funeral Rolls to be made with Kings Hawaiian Rolls. Simply cut each roll in half, lengthwise and place bottom halves on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Then layer bottom of the rolls with the ham sand cheese slices and place the top half of the rolls back on.
In a bowl, mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and onion powder. Pour mixture over the tops of the sandwiches. Cover and marinade anywhere from 4-24 hours. Overnight works best! This is why I love this recipe because you make them in advance and pull them out to bake later.
Trust me on this, once you try Funeral Rolls you will never look back. This is the most requested recipe that I make from friends and family. It is certainly nothing to mourn about. It is my hubby's favorite appetizer.
- 1 package King’s Hawaiian Rolls (or other brand of choice) - We prefer this brand - (12 ct).
- 1 package Ham, sliced thin (1 lb)
- 1 package Swiss or Provolone Cheese
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 3 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
- 2 TBSP prepared mustard
- 2 TBSP brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 bottle optional - poppy seeds
- Cut rolls in half, lengthwise and place bottom halves on the bottom of a baking pan. I like to use a bread knife and cut the entire package at one time.
- Place your ham and then cheese on top of the bottom half of the rolls.
- Add the tops to cover the ham and cheese.
- In a small mixing bowl, Mix together the melted butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and onion powder. Pour sauce over sandwiches. Cover and marinade for 4-24 hours. I personally do mine overnight.
- When ready to bake preheat oven to 350°.
- Optional - sprinkle poppy seeds over the top and bake for 15 minutes uncovered or until your cheese is melted and buns are golden.
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