This simple appetizer recipe for shaved ham and Swiss cheese sandwiches is made with canned biscuits — a Southern staple! The flaky biscuit sandwiches are oven-baked briefly, until golden brown. The recipe yields 8 sandwiches and is ready within 30 minutes. Serve the sandwiches warm directly out of the oven.
Do you have those meals or Classic Southern dishes that just instantly bring you back to your childhood? Like you can taste the memories and time is frozen in that food. My mom's Cast iron skillet buttermilk biscuits or Jalapeño cheddar drop biscuits are one of those - I can literally taste them while thinking about you cutting out the tender dough and placing them into the skillet.
These ham and Swiss biscuits sandwiches are another one of those recipes. This Sandwich made with canned biscuits was a friend of my mom's growing up. She and my mom would make these all the time. I LOVED them! They are simple to make and perfect to serve as an appetizer at a party or for a quick lunch.
You will just need 7 ingredients, one bowl, and 30 minutes for this Canned biscuit recipe. Shaved ham, melted butter, and horseradish mustard are the secret ingredients. Let me show you step-by-step how to make them!
- Deli Ham - the original recipe calls for canned ham. However, my mom said that using just regular deli ham yields a much better flavor and she is right. Just ask for a pound of shaved ham from your local deli (don't get the lunch meat ham in the package). You will run it through the food processor several times to get a super finely minced texture - similar to canned ham - but this yields a much better flavor and version. Boar's Head is my preferred brand of any kind of deli meat and it is what I used for this recipe.
- Butter - this and the mustard is what gives the filling not only flavor but moisture. You may need to add a couple more tablespoons of each if the mixture looks a little dry to you (depending on the brand and type of ham you got). I have done this before, but not always. Just depends on the type of ham you have. Just FYI to go on taste and looks and not always exact measurements. #cooking
- Horseradish Mustard - this gives it such a kick of flavor and moisture you will love!
- Chopped Onions or Minced Onions - if using fresh onions, mince super fine or even grate the onion finely. You do not want chunks of raw garlic in this, but more of the onion flavor.
- Poppy Seeds
- Canned Flaky Biscuits
- Sliced Swiss Cheese
How to Make
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Briefly run the shaved ham through a food processor for a couple of pulses until finely minced.
- In a large bowl, add the ham, butter, mustard, onion, and poppy seeds. Mix until well combined. If the mixture is a little dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter and mustard until more moisture is added in.
- Roll out 8 biscuits into 3-4" circles and place on a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Evenly distribute the ham mixture on the top of each biscuit.
- Top each biscuit with a slice of cheese.
- Roll out the other 8 biscuits to a 3" circle and place them on top of each sandwich. Sprinkle the top with more poppy seeds.
- Place in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Tip on the ham - asking the butcher to shave the ham for you is important for the texture of the filling. If you do not have a food processor to run it through a couple of times, just use a knife and finally chop it to achieve the same texture.
These Biscuit sandwiches are so easy and perfect to serve at any wedding or bridal shower, tailgate or Superbowl, for lunch, or just anytime you need an appetizer for a party - which around here is all the time. I know you, your friends, and your family will love them!
Frequently Asked Questions
Keep leftovers stored in the fridge for 2-3 days. Enjoy cold or pop in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to warm if desired.
These are traditionally made with ham and Swiss. However technically another type of deli. meat and cheese could be used - it would just result in a different flavor. I have never tried another type of deli meat.