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Funeral Sandwiches


Updated August 09, 2016
(6 Votes)


Funeral Sandwiches
Funeral Sandwiches
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There's nothing mournful about this delicious sandwich recipe. Funeral Sandwiches are ham and cheese baked sandwiches that are perfect as an appetizer or lunchtime meal. It will take you just five minutes to assemble the sandwiches, and they only bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the buns are perfectly browned. You'll never want to make a boring deli sandwich again after trying this delicious ham sandwich recipe.

Serves: 12

Preparation Time: 5 min

Cooking Time: 15 min

Cooking Vessel Size: 7 x 10 x 3-inch deep bake dish

  • 1 (12-piece package) Hawaiian sweet rolls
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon style mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of onion powder

For a sweet alternative to this classic recipe, try our test kitchen version of Old-Fashioned Funeral Pie.


  1. Spray a 7 x 10 x 3-inch deep bake dish with cooking spray.
  2. Remove rolls from the packaging and slice them horizontally in half. Place the bottom half into the prepared bake dish. Layer ham and cheese evenly over the base, then re-position tops.
  3. Combine butter, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and onion powder. Mix well and pour over the rolls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight (or a minimum of 4 hours).
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the rolls for about 20 minutes, uncovered, and serve while warm.

If you love this funeral sandwich recipe, check out The Best Funeral Foods: 18 Easy Potluck Recipes for a Crowd for more.


Note from the Editor

The story behind funeral sandwiches is relatively self-explanatory: they are really just a potluck recipe that ended up named after the occasion it was most often served at. The tradition even dates back to the late 1700's! It was customary to bring food gifts to the family of the deceased. These gifts often included simple ingredients and were served warm or included reheating instructions. 


This tradition has appeared to have continued, as my mom and I would bake casseroles if we had friends or neighbors that were going through a rough time. It was just one less thing for them to worry about during this time in their life. We almost always made stuffed shells because it was a dish that could be fully cooked beforehand and easily reheated with more marinara sauce so they didn't dry out. Whether it be a death in the family or another type of unfortunate circumstance, food gifts and casseroles seem to be one of the easiest ways to show that you care. 




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My cousin made these for our Christmas potluck and they were amazing! The sauce is a little messy but so tasty.

I don't understand why they are called funeral sandwiches - i mean they don't taste dead. They taste very much alive and beyond yummy!

That is too funny ChaCha RIzzo! There are some other recipes called funeral something or other and I had never hear them called that before, but I guess we know what people are taking to a funeral service!

Love these sandwiches! They had a really great mustard sauce that brings all of the flavors together. I'm definitely a fan.

The sweetness of these sandwiches was perfect. It tasted went well with the warm sandwiches.

I love a good funeral sandwich. These are very filling even though they are small, so they're perfect for a party. I might try to make a version with turkey.

Turkey would be another good version for these! So many people prefer turkey deli meat, especially if you can get it without nitrates with the celery enzyme instead. Perhaps someone would want a vegetarian sandwich with the vegan cheese product and soy meat.

Normally I find sandwiches boring, but these were anything but!

I made these sandwiches for both my card club and my Christmas party. They are easy to make and delicious! Everyone loved them! Definitely something I will make frequently.


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