These baked ham and cheese bread rolls smell like home. Almost.
Please don’t tell my Aunt, but these should deep fried golden. I remember celebrating my cousin’s birthday and these were served on a platter as appetizers. I was intrigued and curious – I have never had one before! I tried a piece and was immediately hooked! She had to make more because it was such a hit, especially to me. After the party I asked her for the recipe and was surprised at how easy and simple it was to make some.
Slices of bread are flatten with rolling pin, then stuffed with whatever you had in mind. I opted for ham and cheese for this recipe but you can also use sausages or even bacon with cheese. Each roll is then dipped into an egg mixture then coated with bread crumbs. If you want to stick to how Filipinos do it in their kitchen, try deep frying the rolls until golden brown. Drain on paper towels to remove as much oil as possible. But if you prefer the healthier way, then baking them is the way to go! They might not yield the same golden crust like the deep fried ones have but the taste will not suffer – plus they will be lighter!
- 6 slices bread, edges trimmed
- 6 slices cooked ham
- 6 strips of cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Place a wire rack on a baking sheet then coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Beat the egg in a shallow bowl for dipping. Set aside.
- Place panko bread crumbs on a separate shallow bowl. Set aside.
- Remove edges of each sliced bread and flatten with rolling pin.
- Layer ham and cheese on top of the flatten bread, then roll tightly with your hands.
- Dip the bread roll in egg, then bread crumbs, making sure it's fully coated.
- Repeat the same process until you go through all your bread slices.
- Place bread rolls on baking sheet with wire rack and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.
- Slice in half and serve while warm.