Ham and Cheese Braid Recipe (Freezer Meal)

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Ham and Cheese Braid Recipe

I made 6 of these ham and cheese braids the other day! I participate in a freezer meal group, so we each make several of one meal, then exchange meals with the others in the group to get a nice variety each month.

I assembled two braids at a time until all six were done. It was easy and went quickly!

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Ham and Cheese Braid Ingredients:

I bought Rhodes frozen white bread dough (with a coupon, of course), bulk shredded cheese, and a whole cooked boneless ham.

You can try using a different bread dough, including homemade if you want to. We like the white bread dough better than the wheat for this recipe though.

The ham happened to be on sale for less than the deli meats and the pre-sliced, pre-packaged meats. Plus, the nice lady at the deli was able to slice up the entire ham for me free of charge.

freezer meal ham and cheese braid assembly

How to Assemble Your Ham and Cheese Braid:

A pizza wheel works great to cut the strips along the edges of the dough.

Layer the seasoned butter, ham, and cheese down the center of the of the rolled out bread dough. Then criss-cross the strips over the top of it all. Brush on some more butter and sprinkle on some pretty poppy seeds. Viola!

wrapping the ham and cheese braid for the freezer

Ham and Cheese Braid Freezing Tips:

To protect the braid from freezer burn, it helps to wrap it in plastic wrap and foil. I think it works nicely to wrap the foil around at a diagonal angle, basically as you might see a Subway “sandwich artist” do. 😉

Label your bundle of ham and cheese goodness, then let it reside in the freezer.

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Baking Your Ham and Cheese Braid:

Before baking, make sure to REMOVE the plastic wrap! Then, let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

A few hours prior to baking, set it on the counter to come to room temperature. Bake it right on the foil you use for wrapping and cleanup is a breeze! Round out this meal with a vegetable side dish, like a green salad or steamed broccoli.

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Any time I need to spread something, like the butter in this recipe, or frosting, I always reach for my little, angled spatula. Easy, smooth, and even spreading!

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Ham and Cheese Braid Recipe (Freezer Meal)

This is a freezer meal that the whole family is sure to love! I have some picky eaters that willingly and happily ate this ham and cheese braid, so it is definitely a keeper for me. Plus, it is super easy to make!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Serves: 6
Adjust Servings: 6


1 Entree:

  • 1 loaf Rhodes frozen bread dough
  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ envelope Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix
  • ½ - ¾ pound thinly sliced ham
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon poppy seeds


  • Thaw the bread dough and let rise (according to package directions). Roll bread dough out into a rectangular shape, approximately 1/4-inch thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut strips along each side of the dough (even numbers on each side).
  • Combine butter and ranch mix. Spread about 4 tablespoons of butter mixture along the center of the dough lengthwise. Layer ham and cheese over the butter. Starting at the bottom, take each edge strip of dough, gently cross and stretch it over to the other side of the braid, tucking the end under the braid. Continue criss-crossing until your dough is all braided up. Brush remaining butter/ranch mixture over top. Sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  • Preparing For the Freezer: Wrap braid in plastic wrap and then foil. Label and freeze.
  • Prepare after Freezing: Remove plastic wrap and then replace the foil. Place the braid in fridge to thaw overnight. A couple of hours before you are ready to bake, place braid on the counter to come to room temperature. Use foil layer to line the baking sheet. Bake at 350°F/175°C for 25-30 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Before baking, you will want to let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then let it come to room temperature on the counter for a few hours before baking. Bake it right on the foil you use for wrapping and cleanup is a breeze!


Calories: 604kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 35g | Sodium: 1724mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

Ingredients: Bread Dough, Butter, Cheese, Ham, Poppy Seeds, Ranch Dressing
Meal Type: Main Dish
Categories: Meat and Poultry, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Oven

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