If you've ever been to a party or get-together, you know that great appetizers can make all the difference. And, when it comes to occasions with your friends or family, it's even more important to make a good impression.
When it's time for your next gathering with loved ones, you simply can't go wrong with delicious ham appetizers. These tasty starters filled with baked or smoked ham are not only easy to make, but also fun treats that the whole family can enjoy.
Read on to learn about our favorite easy ham appetizer recipes that everyone will love, and a few other considerations to bear in mind along the way.
6 quick and easy ham appetizer recipes
Recipe 1: Ham and Cheese Roll-Ups
If you're looking for something simple yet delicious, you can't go wrong with this easy appetizer idea for ham and cheese roll-ups. With only six ingredients — including cream cheese, cheddar cheese and ham — these miniature bites are quick and easy to throw together the night before your next occasion. Once they've been refrigerated overnight, they'll be ready to serve as soon as you need them.
Recipe 2: Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
This appetizer recipe for mouthwatering sliders is sure to be a favorite at any get-together with friends and family. Impress your loved ones with soft, buttery and slightly sweet Hawaiian rolls filled with juicy cooked ham — like this Hardwood Smoked Ham from Hatfield® — and swiss cheese, drizzled with a sweet and salty honey mustard sauce. They're a party must-have you can prepare in no time.
Recipe 3: Stuffed Mushrooms With Spinach and Ham
For a starter that's just as delicious as it looks, try this easy recipe for stuffed mushrooms with spinach and ham. This recipe is the perfect excuse to make the most of your leftover ham for an equally tasty result the second time around. The added touch of spinach and mozzarella will not only be a big hit but will have your friends and family clamoring for more.
Recipe 4: Ham and Cheese Crescents
For a warm, comforting appetizer that the whole family will love, consider this recipe for delicious cooked ham and cheese on flaky butter crescent rolls. These rolls will please crowds at any occasion, and they're ready to go in under 30 minutes. After combining your dough, ham and cheese, you can top your buttery masterpiece with egg yolk, poppy seeds and pepper, and your loved ones won't be able to get enough of this appetizer recipe!
Recipe 5: Ham and Cheese Pinwheels
Consider this recipe featuring crispy brown rolls filled with smoky ham and melted cheese to make a fabulous impression at your next party. These hot ham and cheese pinwheels are rolls loaded with delicious sliced ham, like this Hatfield® Honey Roasted Ham, and swiss cheese, cooked to perfection and doused with butter — with just 10 minutes of prep time needed.
Recipe 6: Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry
For a gourmet-looking puff pastry that everyone will want to get their hands on, try out this recipe for tasty cooked ham and cheese pastries. Great for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this fun treat is buttery and flakey on the outside, and filled with ham and a creamy mixture of swiss cheese and spinach on the inside. These pastries are a great option for using up your leftover ham and will make you look like an appetizer pro at your next party with friends and family.
These are just some ham appetizer recipes to get you started, but the options are practically endless. When you're ready to make your starters, head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® products for a high-quality result!
What you need to know about storing and freezing ham before getting started
To make your ham last as long as possible, here are some guidelines for storing and freezing leftover ham correctly.
- Storing: Wrap any leftover ham tightly in foil and place it in your fridge. This will be good to eat for up to 3 days.
- Freezing: Wrap your leftover ham or place it in an airtight container and put it in a frost-free freezer. Your frozen ham will last for up to 2 months without losing flavor.
Go the extra mile with a delicious side dish
Making and bringing delectable appetizers to your next get-together with friends and family can be a big help to your host — especially if they're working on the main course for the evening. You might even consider going above and beyond by bringing along tasty side dishes that will make for an even more satisfying meal! If you're a guest who doesn't mind a little extra effort, here are some quick and easy side dishes to consider taking:
- Red roasted potatoes.
- Roasted asparagus.
- Simple biscuits.
- Seasoned oven fries.
- Garlic-roasted Brussels sprouts.
- Cherry tomato salad.
Elevate mealtime with high-quality pork
When it comes to your ham appetizers, high-quality pork products can help you achieve better and more delicious results — and Hatfield® can help. Pork products from Hatfield® are made with quality, animal care and sustainability in mind so customers can choose ingredients from a brand they can trust. If you're ready to make ham appetizers with top-tier pork, use our store locator to find your favorite Hatfield® products in a supermarket or grocery store near you.