Ham & Cheese Sliders with Pineapple Jam

Work is such a funny thing. You’re at the office 40-50 hours a week, and you wind up spending more time with your cube mates than you do your own family. If you’re lucky enough (like I am) and your coworkers all happen to be fun, well-meaning people then you kind of form a little work family. And if you’re super lucky, this work family will have potlucks for any and all occasions. Cooking is love after all!Ham & Cheese Sliders with Pineapple Jam | Diamonds & Bacon

Well, at my office we happen to use basically any day ending in Y as an excuse to snack. We recently had two potlucks within two weeks – one end of summer luau followed by a football kickoff party. As one of my coworkers says (at the end of every month), can you believe the month is almost over and it’s fall already??? Well this month, I actually share her exasperation at the passing of time because I really can’t believe today is the last official day of summer 😦

Am I the only one who thinks this looks like a little slider person?
Am I the only one who thinks this looks like a little slider person?

Since I was trying to slow time down this month, I decided I couldn’t bust out any fall recipes for the potlucks just yet. In an effort to savor summer a bit longer, I went out on a tropical limb and paired ham, cheese, and pineapple. Not exactly revolutionary, but I was legitimately worried it wouldn’t be well received. But good news – the coworkers loved the sliders, almost as much as I love summer!

I made my BBQ mac and cheese for the football potluck a week later, but I would definitely recommend these sliders at your next tailgate – at least while the weather’s still warm!
Ham & Cheese Sliders with Pineapple Jam | Diamonds & Bacon

Ham & Cheese Sliders with Pineapple Jam
Jam adapted from Martha Stewart 
Servings: up to you, but the jam will make at least 50 sliders
Total time: 3 hours


  • Hawaiian rolls
  • Deli ham slices (I used black forest sliced ham)
  • Swiss cheese
  • 1 pineapple
  • 1-1/2 cups white sugar
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 cup water


For the jam:

  1. Peel the pineapple and grate the flesh, you should get at least 2-3 cups of fruit
  2. Put pineapple and  water in small sauce pan, cook over medium heat for abotu 35 minutes until the pineapple has softened 
  3. Add lime juice and sugar (start with 1 cup and adjust as needed depending on sweetness of pineapple), continue cooking until the mixture has thickened, about an hour
  4. The jam may still look too runny at this point – do not dump out any excess liquid! Once it begins to thicken, take of heat and let it cool – I put mine in the fridge over night and it came out perfect

For the sliders:

  • Cut Hawaiian rolls in half
  • Layer ham and cheese on bottom roll, spread about a teaspoon of jam on the top roll, and form cute little sliders 😀 
  • Optional: If you’re eating these right away, I’d recommend toasting the sliders in the oven/broiler for about 5 minutes to crisp the bread and melt the cheese before adding the pineapple jam
  • Serve with a side of rum punch and enjoy the waning summer days