Easy Breakfast Sliders for a Crowd with Spiral Ham, Egg and a Dijon Maple Glaze
Find out how to make sliders for a crowd with zero fuss. These breakfast sliders are super easy to make because you start with a bunch of attached buns (the kind that are sold all attached to each other) and you build one quick big sandwich. Then you bake it. Once it’s hot inside and toasty on top, you cut the buns apart into individual sliders. It’s so so much easier than making a whole bunch of individual sandwiches. And they’re delicious too! This post is sponsored by Smithfield because we know that no holiday table is complete without a Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham as the centerpiece. Their fully cooked, hickory-smoked Spiral Sliced Hams are expertly crafted and available in a variety of glaze flavors.
I’m going to have a bit of a crowd at my house for the holidays this year. There will be the four of us plus my parents plus my in-laws. So there will be a lot of cooking and eating going on. I’m not super worried about it though because I have a plan. I’m going to do the same thing I did last time I had a crowd in the house. For the first day, I got a big spiral sliced ham for our entree, like this Smithfield Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Ham:
That was the entree for the first dinner with some Caesar salad and sliced bread. We then used the leftovers for all kinds of things in the days that followed. The leftover Smithfield spiral slices were just perfect for having with eggs for breakfast or putting into a sandwich, soup or salad for lunch. My favorite last year was when we used the last bits in a risotto with lots of Parmesan cheese and little green peas. Our friends and family really loved all the ham variations we came up with.
My other favorite was the slider idea that I brilliantly (if I do say so myself) had one morning. I had bought these dinner rolls that were all attached to each other in the bag. It occurred to me that I could slice through all of them at once and treat them like one big sandwich. I could add my ham slices and other toppings in big layers and then cut them into individual little sandwiches after. This ended up working out perfectly and really did save time over making a whole bunch of individual sandwiches.
How To Make Easy Breakfast Sliders for a Crowd
1) Get some buns that are attached to each other, forming a flat of buns. The ones I used were potato buns and were called party rolls. Use a long serrated knife to slice through the flat of buns lengthwise, keeping all bottoms attached to each other and all tops attached to each other, like this:
I did two flats of 12 buns each to make 24 sliders, which is enough for about 8 people if you have some nice fruit available on the side.
2) Put the two bottom flats of buns side by side in a 13×9-inch pan. Top with some nice juicy slices of Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham. Two layers of slices is ideal so that you get lots of that meaty ham flavor.
3) Then you add your other toppings. Whatever you’d like, really. I went with some microwaved scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar cheese and chives.
4) Then lay your bun tops over everything, making sure that it is lined up with the bottoms.
5) This next step is really pretty amazing. You make a mixture of melted butter, dijon mustard, garlic powder and maple syrup and then you pour it over the buns. You want to make sure that all of the bun tops are glistening and shiny (use a brush or your fingers to evenly distribute the butter mixture if needed). The buttery maple glaze is going to cook onto the tops of the buns and make them a bit crisp and delicious.
6) Cover the pan with foil and put it into a 350ºF oven until the sandwiches are heated through and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Take the foil off and keep baking for a few minutes until the tops of the buns get a bit crispy from that butter-maple glaze.
7) Finally, use a couple of spatulas to carefully lift a flat of sliders onto a cutting board. Then use a big sharp knife to cut them into individual buns along the bun seams. See how the ones in the front are cut apart but the ones in the back are still attached to each other?
Cool, right? 24 little sliders with very little effort on your part. You certainly don’t have to make each individual sandwich, which would take forever. This way you get all these little sandwiches for a crowd with very little fussing. Enjoy!
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Breakfast Sliders for a Crowd with Spiral Ham, Egg and a Dijon Maple Glaze
- 6 eggs
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
- 24 mini potato party rolls connected in two flats
- 8 slices of Smithfield Spiral Sliced Hickory Smoked Ham
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Crack the eggs into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Add the water and whisk until well-mixed. Stir in the chives. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until set, stirring well between each session. Stir really well, mashing with a fork so that the eggs pieces are quite small.
Meanwhile, use a long serrated knife to slice through a flat of rolls lengthwise, such that you end up with a bottom flat and a top flat. Repeat with other flat of rolls. Put the bottom flats side by side in a 9x13" pan. Top each with the ham, divided evenly in smooth layers. Sprinkle with the cheese. Top with the scrambled egg. Add the top flats, cut side down, lining each one up with its bottom.
Put the butter, maple syrup, Dijon and garlic powder into a medium bowl. Whisk until the mustard is well-incorporated into the butter. Drizzle it over the rolls making sure that the top of each bun gets a bit. Use a brush or your fingers to spread the butter mixture around so that all the buns are evenly coated.
Cover the pan with foil and bake until the sandwiches are heated through and the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Uncover and bake until the tops of the buns are crisp when you tap on them, 2-3 minutes.
Use two large spatulas to get under a flat of rolls and transfer it to a cutting board. Use a big sharp knife to cut the rolls apart along their perforations, yielding 12 sliders. Repeat with second flat of rolls. Serve immediately.*
*These can be made ahead. To do so, do steps 2 and 3 and then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Then preheat the oven to 350ºF and proceed with steps 4-6.