Are you ready for a major cheesy and drool-worthy recipe that you can pull out at every party? These Pimento Cheese and Hot Ham Sliders will have everyone gathered in the kitchen like moths to a flame!
Today is an exciting day because I’m working with Tillamook to bring you this post. If you didn’t know, Tillamook is a farmer-owned, farmer-led dairy co-op based in Tillamook, Oregon, and they’ve recently expanded to the East to be available nationwide! If you’re a foodie, then you’re familiar with Tillamook. No lie, I’ve literally been signed up for their emails for years because I’ve been (not so) patiently awaiting the day that their products were available to me. Low and behold, that day has finally come.
You may be asking yourself how Tillamook is different than other dairy purveyors. I would highly recommend checking out their website to read more of their unique story. The thing that sets them apart for me is the incredible the flavor. There’s a reason they have been winning awards for their cheeses for over a century. Their cheeses are aged anywhere from 60 days to 3 years for optimal flavor. For this recipe, I chose to use the Tillamook Sharp Cheddar for that classic pimento cheese taste. No matter which cheese you decide to go with, it’s guaranteed to elevate your dish to the highest level.
If you didn’t know, I live in Louisville, KY. Kentucky is one of those weird in-between places where some consider it the South and some consider it the North. Where I live, we have a lot of northern qualities, except for when it comes to the foodways. We’re all about the fried chicken, sweet tea, and… pimento cheese. New to pimento cheese? Basically, it’s a spread made up of quality sharp cheddar, chopped roasted red peppers, and good mayo. The variations can change from there, but those are the 3 essential ingredients. Now that Tillamook is available in my area, there will be no other cheddar that I’ll be reaching for from here on out! Be sure to click here to see where you find Tillamook in your area!
Have more cheddar to use up? Try my Pimento Cheese Stuffed Pretzel Bites!
- ½ teaspoon finely chopped garlic
- 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons dill pickle brine
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ teaspoon hot sauce
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped roasted red bell peppers or red pimentos from a jar, drained
- ⅓ pound Tillamook Sharp Cheddar Cheese, finely grated
- 1 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls, sliced in half (see directions for more details)
- ½ pound cooked deli ham, thinly sliced
- 24 pickle slices
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- In a bowl mix together the garlic, mayonnaise, pickle brine, mustard, hot sauce, ¼ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Stir in the red pimentos and cheese. Cover and refrigerate until ready for use.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Using a serrated bread knife, slice the rolls in half. Place the bottoms of the rolls in the prepared pan.
- Evenly spread the pimento cheese over the bottom rolls. Evenly layer ham on top of that and evenly place pickle slices on top of that. Add the top rolls and set aside.
- Melt butter on the stovetop or microwave. Add the mustard, onion, Worcestershire sauce, ¼ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of pepper, and whisk to combine.
- Slowly and evenly pour the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the tops.
- Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Uncover and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown. Serve immediately while hot.