While away from home, I've learned to make easy college foods that include simple, accessible ingredients. This recipe for ham and cheese roll-ups calls for ingredients you already have in the house so that you can serve hungry friends with little prep and clean up. You can get right back to what you were doing after filling the place with an aroma of real food rather than the usual microwaveable snack option. 

These ham and cheese roll-ups remind me of the classic pork roll egg and cheese, which has got to be one of my top five recipes to share with friends. These roll-ups come together in 25 minutes and are a delicious mix of buttery crescent dough, savory melted cheese, and crisp glazed ham. Just mix a little sauce, throw on some cheese and ham, toss it in the oven, and you have yourself $20 worth of 12 to 14 golden brown bite-sized treats for a little fix or a hungry stomach. 

Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups

  • Prep Time:25 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:50 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Medium


  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 tube Pillsbury crescent dough
  • 1 pound black forest ham thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 12 slices swiss cheese
  • 9x13 inch baking dish
  • Cooking spray
pastry, bread, dough, bun, sweet, croissant
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  • Step 1

    Make the sauce by stirring together the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, poppy seeds, and melted butter.

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  • Step 2

    Microwave for 10 seconds or until it becomes a soupy consistency.

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  • Step 3

    Spray the pan with some cooking spray.

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  • Step 4

    Roll out the crescent dough.

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  • Step 5

    Add one to two slices of ham and cheese to each, then roll them up starting from the outer edges, and pinch the ends of the dough together.

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  • Step 6

    Cut each roll in half evenly.

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  • Step 7

    Pour the sauce onto the rolls, making sure it's still a soupy consistency.

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  • Step 8

    Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

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  • Step 9

    Serve to the party and watch them disappear.

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