Bite-Sized Ham & Cheese Pizza Rolls

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Ham and cheese pizza rolls are a fun way to enjoy the classic ham and cheese combo in a whole new bite-sized way. With gooey, melty cheese, salty ham, and a golden brown pizza crust, they are a fabulous comfort food mash-up!

These little spirals are easy to make, especially if you start with pizza dough as your base. You can bake these in the air fryer and have them done in minutes. But you can also make them without an air fryer and still enjoy them in about half an hour.

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I love to make these pizza rolls as a party appetizer, a satisfying after-school snack for kids, or even a quick lunch. This post will cover all the bases – from the handful of ingredients you’ll need to the step-by-step process.

Are you a fan of ham and cheese? Try my air fryer ham and cheese sandwiches, ham and cheese muffins, or ham and cheese stuffed biscuits.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Pizza Dough: This recipe works great with either fresh pizza dough or a can of store-bought pizza dough. I usually use pre-made dough, but if you like to make your own, go for it.
  • Ham
  • Cheese: Swiss is the classic, but American cheese or cheddar is good too.
  • Butter
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley: To garnish.
Ingredients for making a ham and cheese pizza rolls laid out on a countertop, including parsley, butter, garlic powder, italian seasoning, ham, pizza dough, and cheese.

🥣How to Make Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls

  1. Roll the dough out into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle.
  2. Lay out the ham slices to cover the pizza dough. Then, cover the ham with the cheese slices.
  3. Roll that up on the long edge. Keep it nice and tight so all the ham and cheese stays inside. Pinch the ends closed.
  4. Use a sharp knife to cut it into 8 pieces. Alternatively, you can cut it into 10 or 12 thinner pinwheels. Place the pinwheels into a 9-inch pie pan.
  5. Melt the butter and stir in the Italian seasoning and garlic powder. Use a pastry brush to coat the tops of the pizza rolls with the butter mixture.
  6. Put the pan into the air fryer basket and cook at 350°F for 10 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the crust is golden and your kitchen smells fantastic.
A sheet of raw pastry dough on a marble surface with ingredients like butter and ham in the background.
Roll the dough.
Unbaked pizza dough with ham slices topped with evenly arranged cheese slices.
Add ham and cheese.
Uncooked ham and cheese pizza rolls preparation with ham and cheese on a wooden cutting board.
Roll it up.
Slicing rolled dough to make ham and cheese pizza rolls on a wooden cutting board.
Slice.
Uncooked ham and cheese pizza rolls arranged in an air fryer
Before air frying.
ham and cheese pizza rolls in an air fryer basket.
After air frying.

🍴Serving Ideas

These make a great appetizer for game day or any party celebration. Serve them with a marinara or mustard sauce for dipping, and watch your guests go wild.

Or make these a meal. Pair these rolls with a crisp Caesar salad or roasted veggies, and you’ve got a balanced, delicious dinner that won’t leave you with a pile of dishes.

Got leftovers? Slip a couple of these rolls into the kids’ lunchboxes. They’re the envy-inducing school lunch with your little ones trading up in the cafeteria food chain.

Homemade ham and cheese pizza rolls on a white plate.

💭How to Store

If you have leftovers, let the rolls cool completely. Then, pop them into an airtight container and store them in the fridge. They’ll stay fresh for about 3-4 days.

When you’re ready for round two, reheat the rolls in the microwave for a quick fix, or toss them back in the air fryer for a few minutes to revive that crispy crust. Just a few minutes at 350°F should do the trick.

You can even freeze these rolls for later. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and then in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for about a month. There’s no need to thaw to reheat them; just air fry them straight from the freezer, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

If you love pizza rolls try these pepperoni pizza rolls for another hearty appetizer.

ham and cheese pizza rolls on a white plate.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • If you’re working with store-bought dough and it’s a bit stubborn, let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes. It will become more pliable and easier to work with.
  • Swiss cheese is the classic choice here, but feel free to mix it up! Try mozzarella cheese for that ooey-gooey stretch or a sharp cheddar for a bolder taste.
  • When rolling up your dough, keep it as tight as possible. A tight roll ensures all that ham and cheese goodness stays put.
  • When slicing your rolls, aim for even thickness. This ensures they all cook at the same rate, and nobody gets a sad, undercooked roll.

📝Reader Questions

Can I use different types of meat or fillings?

Absolutely! Feel free to get creative. Pepperoni, chicken, or even veggies can make tasty fillings. Just make sure to slice them thinly so they roll up nicely.

What if I don’t have an air fryer?

No air fryer, no problem! These ham and cheese rolls can be baked in a conventional oven. Preheat the oven to 375°F and place the rolls on a baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and delicious.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Definitely! You can prep these rolls, place them in the pie pan, cover them with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a few hours before you cook. Add a minute or two to the air frying time since they’ll start cold.

How do I know when they’re done cooking?

You’re looking for a golden brown crust and cheese that’s melted and slightly bubbly.

My rolls aren’t as crispy as I’d like. What can I do?

If your rolls aren’t quite crispy enough, pop them back in the air fryer for 1-2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them, though – they can go from perfectly crispy to overly crispy in a flash.

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Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls Recipe

Published By Anne
These Ham and Cheese Pizza Rolls are bite-sized bundles of melty cheese, salty ham, and golden brown pizza crust – the perfect appetizer, after-school snack, or easy lunch
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 can pizza dough 13 ounces
  • 15 slices deli ham sliced thin
  • 10 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Roll the dough out to form a 13 x 9 rectangle.
    1 can pizza dough
  • Add the slices of ham to completely cover the dough. Cover the ham fully with slices of cheese. Cut the cheese as needed to fit.
    15 slices deli ham, 10 slices Swiss cheese
  • Roll the dough up lengthwise. Keep the roll tight and the ham and cheese inside. Pinch the ends close.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the roll into 8 pieces. Or for thinner pinwheels, cut them into 10 or 12 pieces. Place the pinwheels into a 9″ pie pan and set aside.
  • Add the butter, garlic, and Italian seasoning to a microwave-safe dish. Melt the butter for 20-30 seconds. Do not over-melt the butter to prevent separation. Once melted, stir to mix.
    1/4 cup butter, 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Brush the tops of the pinwheels with butter.
  • Place the pan in the air fryer basket and cook at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until the crust is fully cooked and golden.

Notes

  • Swiss cheese is the classic choice here, but feel free to mix it up! For a bolder taste, try mozzarella, American, or a sharp cheddar.
  • When rolling up your dough, keep it as tight as possible.
  • When slicing your rolls, aim for even thickness so they all cook at the same rate.
  • These rolls can be baked in a conventional oven. Bake them in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown and delicious.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 1062mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 364IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 205mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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