Ham Rolls

"I LOVE these. I make them and can't stop eating them. Even like to eat them cold out of the fridge. I don't like making them much , they are a tad time consuming! But Mmm!! Prep time includes the dough rising and rolling out and filling to the best of my ability. And the amount you get ... who knows!!! It depends on if you make them small or larger."
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Ready In:
3hrs 15mins


  • Dough

  • 34 cup milk, scalded, then cooled
  • 12 cup margarine, softened
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 14 ounce yeast (1 envelope)
  • 14 cup warm water
  • 1 egg
  • 3 12 cups flour
  • Filling

  • 2 lbs ham, ground
  • 12 cup onion, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper


  • Mix margarine, sugar and salt in large bowl.
  • Add egg and mix.
  • Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  • Add milk.
  • Mix well.
  • Add flour and yeast mixture to bowl, and mix well.
  • Knead until smooth.
  • Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise until double.
  • After dough has risen, punch down.
  • Roll out small amounts of dough, creating little circles.
  • Fill with ham mixture.
  • Pinch edges.
  • Brush tops with egg wash.
  • Bake at 375* 10-15 minutes.
  • To Freeze: Flash freeze cooked rolls on a cookie sheet, wrap and label.
  • To Reheat: Microwave until heated through.

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  1. Made the dough in the bread maker. I should've rolled the dough out thinner (though not sure I could have) as they were pretty doughy. That being said, my dough rose and rose for a long time as I was distracted by my toddler and 6 month old, so maybe that is why? I wish I would've put more filling in each one, but was afraid to overstuff. I added cheese to each one. Pureed the ham in a small processor and diced onion. I tasted one which was pretty good and the rest are in the freezer. Neat, different way to use ham leftovers. Edited to add: Great out of the freezer.Just wrapped frozen roll in paper towel and heated for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in the microwave. I will definitely use this recipe for ham leftovers in the future! Would be good with pepperoni and cheese as well I bet!
  2. This is very good, but I used Pillsbury cresant rolls, and saved a lot of time. I also used 2 cloves garlic, 1 small bell pepper and sauteed them with the onion. Also added shredded cheese.<br/>You can't fit a lot in each roll, and it's a little hard to keep the filling from falling out, but it was worth saving time for me.
  3. Very tasty and a great way to use up Christmas ham leftovers. I carmelized my onions and used at least 3 times what the recipe called for. I ran out of eggs so I skipped the egg wash and they still came out fine. Fantastic hot or cold with mustard. Yummy!
  4. I just read about these in a forum about using up ham and whipped them up in my bread machine. I used half butter/short. I ground my ham/onion together in the food proc. I just cut my dough into about 28 pieces and rolled each in a circle. I just had two and can attest to their being delicious! The dough is really tender and the ham/onion flavor is great. The egg wash really gives an attractive sheen. GREAT way to use up ham, Marlene!
  5. Awesome recipe. I add a little thyme to the filling... you can change up the flavours too by using smoked or unsmoked ham. Also delicious as a whole loaf using sausage, mushrooms and onions as the filling. Roll the dough out into a huge rectangle, spread filling on top and roll up into a spiral, seal and place in a bread pan. Takes a little longer to bake, but SOOOO good for breakfast! :D


  1. I have been wanting to use this recipe for a year now & finally got the chance to do it after Christmas dinner. I used my own dough recipe (Recipe #293120) just because it's all in my memory. I used 3/4 cup whole wheat flour in place of some of the all-purpose. I put the ham slices in my food processor to grind it up nice & small then stirred in the onion & about a Tablespoon of Sambal Oelek instead of salt & pepper. These were a huge hit with the family but using the empanada cutter was hard on my hands & time consuming so I did it for one half of the dough recipe & then made one large hand crimped calzone with the second half of the dough. That's in the freezer to be baked sometime soon. This was a great way to use up the leftover ham so no one feels like they're eating the same thing over & over. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Marlene!
  2. These turned out great...the whole family loved them, even my super picky 7 year old! I made a couple of small changes....used olive oil instead of margarine (didn't have any), and subbed half of the flour for whole wheat. I omitted the onions because we don't care for them and replaced them with some shredded cheese. Next time I will skip the cheese because no matter how tightly i pinched them, the cheese leaked out of nearly all of the rolls during baking. I got 40 rolls out of this recipe, and even though I filled them with as much ham as I could, I still had a lot of fillin left over...at least 1/3 was leftover. I will make these again...I have already been thinking of some different fillings I could try. Thanks!


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