Looking for an easy school lunch idea that kids will love? These Ham and Swiss Spiral Rolls are easy to prepare and bursting with flavor!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boar’s Head. All opinions are 100% mine.
I admit it, last year I may have fallen off the wagon… let me explain.
It’s Back to School time at our house and that means I’m focused on getting organized and coming up with a simple plan for busy mornings and packing lunches! I’ve been packing lunch for the kiddo for four years now, and, truth be told, I got in a bad lunch rut last spring. With mornings being hectic, I would find myself trying to stuff a bagel and some chips in a bag 3 minutes before the bus was due. Not a good look, but I learned and now I am sharing some quick tips and a recipe to keep it simple, nutritious, and fun!
I think we can all agree that deli meat is an integral part of school lunch, and, as parents, we only want the best for our children with high quality ingredients from brands we trust, like Boar’s Head. For 5 generations, Boar’s Head has offered a variety of school lunch friendly options like meats, cheeses, condiments, hummus, and spreads that are gluten free, not highly processed, and made of only the finest ingredients.
Creating effortless recipes with Boar’s Head products is easy, including the Ham and Swiss Rolls I am sharing today. Sometimes you just need to spice it up from the iconic turkey sandwich. My son and I sat down together and crafted some edible ideas that are both fun and not complicated, so that I can pack lunch in a snap. Ham Rolls are awesome because I can make them ahead and they won’t be soggy or messy when lunch rolls around.
Ready to make these delicious eats?! Grab a muffin tin and let’s get spiraling!
Unroll a tube of refrigerated crescent dough and press together each of the seams. You can also use a tube of refrigerated pizza dough, or a batch of homemade multi-grain dough as well. Brush the mustard sauce (in recipe below) lightly onto the dough and spread your favorite toppings like Boar’s Head Ham and Baby Swiss Cheese, covering the entire dough except for 1 inch on a short side. Starting with the 1-inch side, roll from end to end. No need to roll too tightly; the dough will expand as it bakes.
Once you have your roll, cut into 4 slices and place in a muffin tin. I found that muffin tins made them cook more evenly and were easier to pop out. Bake at 375 degrees for about 14-17 minutes, depending on how thick your rolls are. You will know when they are done when they are golden brown on top with slightly darkened edges.
Spiral Roll Variations
I love that these rolls are super versatile and the flavor options are endless with a variety of deli meats from Boar’s Head. You’ll find a basic Ham and Swiss Cheese recipe here, but you can also add Boar’s Head Pepperoni, Mozzarella Cheese, and marinara to make easy pizza rolls. Or if you like a little kick, try Blazing Buffalo® Chicken. Just pop the ingredients into the spirals, and let the kids enjoy yummy spiral goodness!
For the photos, I cut the refrigerated dough into four sections and put them into jumbo muffin tins to bake. That makes them slightly smaller than a jumbo muffin, but you can make them into smaller sizes easily too. Cut the dough in half crosswise (shortest side), and roll up the two sections as normal, then cut them into four rolls, making a total of eight rolls.
Tips For Making School Lunches Creative
School lunches are one of the few opportunities to show our kids we care during the school day. At least for me, my mom always added a bit of magic in making my sandwiches. I never understood how hers were always even better than mine – or is it a special Mom gift? Of course, using nourishing products, like Boar’s Head, definitely helps to make lunch time more special for both Moms and the Kiddos. Boar’s Head even has a line of deli meats and cheeses that are certified heart-healthy. However, there are also the little things that show we care, such adding encouraging notes, or cutting veggies into fun shapes, or even just taking a moment to cut the crust off just the way they like it.
I have found that including school lunches in my weekly menu plan is a great way to help me stay organized. I typically set aside Sunday nights to prep for the week ahead:
- Check the lunch calendar
- Plan out packed meals for any remaining days, trying to use what’s in the refrigerator already.
- By planning this ahead of time I don’t have to think about it the morning of.
Pinned to our fridge is a list of options and recipes to keep myself out of a school lunch rut this year. And, honestly, I don’t see that happening this year. I am ready!
Ham Spiral Rolls
- 1/2 lb Boar's Head Ham
- 8 Slices Swiss Cheese I used Boar's Head Baby Swiss
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp butter melted
- 4 tbsp Mustard
- 2 tsp poppy seeds
- 1 tube refrigerated dough or pizza dough
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, melt the butter in the microwave or on a stovetop. Add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and poppy seeds. Stir well until sauce is consistent.
- Unroll a tube of refrigerated crescent dough and press together each of the seams. (*see note) Using a brush or a spoon, brush about 2/3 of the mustard sauce lightly onto the dough.
- Layer the Ham and Swiss Cheese, covering the entire dough except for 1 inch on a short side. Fold the excess 1 inch over top of the ham. Continue rolling to the other end, like a jelly roll. No need to roll too tightly; the dough will expand as it bakes. Press seam together to seal.
- Slice the roll into even sections. Place rolls into ungreased muffin tins.
- Brush the remaining mustard sauce on top of the rolls.
- Bake for about 14-17 minutes, depending on how thick your rolls are. You will know when they are done when they are golden brown on top with slightly darkened edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing from tins.
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