Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Bread


Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd!

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

This is a very image heavy post, and there won’t be much text. I’m letting the photos do the talking and convincing that you need to make this bread. It’s SO easy and yes, you’ll likely cheat on your diet, but it’s oh-so-worth every bite. It’s great to make this for a large crowd. If you’re entertaining, everyone can grab a tiny slice, or if you have overnight guests, this would the be perfect breakfast to accompany that cup of coffee in the morning.

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Is there anything more beautiful than the gooey, cheesy, warm cheese being pulled of a buttery, flakey bread studded with the most delicious, smokey, and flavorful spiral cut honey glazed ham??

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

I was so happy to work on this project. When my brother and I were young, every Christmas, my mom would always come home with a large ham and we would roast it Christmas day. It would make our house smell so good. We would have ham for days! Ham on sandwiches, ham in omelettes, ham and cheese biscuits, ham with rice, basically ham on everything! I love that you can actually taste the smokey flavor of the ham – it really made it more authentic; as if it had just come out of a smoker. I really like how the ham retains its moisture and flavor. It’s so easy to roast and glaze, too. You’ll want this ham and cheese pull apart bread on your table very soon!

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on

Ham and cheese pull apart bread is so easy to make for a crowd! Recipe on
Ham and Cheese Pull Apart Bread
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hrs

A crowd-pleaser and so easy to put together!

Course: Appetizers, Bread
Servings: 4 -6
  • 1 can of refrigerated biscuits (any kind will work; I used buttermilk)
  • 1 cup spiral-cut honey glazed ham, cut into small cubes
  • 3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded and divided
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9x5-inch loaf pan. Set aside.
  2. Pop open the refrigerated biscuits and take a paring knife and gently slice the biscuit in half, horizontally. Alternatively, I was able to just split them in half without the paring knife. Just find a seam of where it looks like two layers come together and pull apart.
  3. You will get 16 biscuits after you split them in half. Line them on a large cutting board or pastry board.
  4. Using 2 cups of the shredded colby jack cheese, sprinkle a heaping pile on top of each biscuit.
  5. Take the cubed pieces of ham and place them gently on top of the cheese. If they don't stay on, you can gently press the cheese and ham down on top of the biscuit to make it stay in place. It's ok if some fall off.
  6. Make 4 stacks of biscuits by placing 4 biscuit halves on top of each other. Place the stacks in the loaf pan and arranging it so that both ends have biscuit without filling touching the pan (basically, on the very last biscuit halve, you'll have to flip that to face the other filling half so the bare biscuit side will touch the pan).
  7. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove foil, sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of cheese on top of the loaf and bake loaf for another 10 minutes.
  8. Let cool for 5 minutes then, to remove, use a large, flexible, flat-bottomed spatula and slide it all the way under the loaf of bread. Lift it out of the pan and place on a platter and serve hot.
  9. It is recommended you serve this immediately. This does not re-heat well so I'd eat this the same day.
Recipe Notes

40 minutes seems like a long time to bake this, but you really should bake it that long, otherwise, the middle won't be cooked all the way through and you'll end up with uncooked biscuit dough.

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Posted on December 05, 2013

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  1. 12/05/2013 at 10:10 am

    I just want to reach through the screen and pull apart a big chunk of this delicious bread!

  2. 12/05/2013 at 12:09 pm

    OMG this is sooooooo cheeeeesy.

    I’ve never had any made any pull apart nor have I had it before.

    What do you recommend to use instead of refrigerated biscuits since we don’t have it in Lebanon.

    Would bread dough work well?

    And I think I would do my own variation of this recipe but subbing the cheese and ham for other brands let’s say.

    Yummy photos..

    • 12/06/2013 at 8:14 am

      Hi Hisham, I believe bread dough would work, but you would just have to portion it out correctly for this pull apart bread! Enjoy.

  3. 12/05/2013 at 12:31 pm

    I just stopped dead in my tracks!! YUM!!

  4. 12/05/2013 at 2:44 pm

    Oh my god, julie!!! I mean… I’m blown away!!! I need this.

  5. 12/05/2013 at 3:47 pm

    I love that you made a ham and stuffed the meat into bread and cheese lol. Why didn’t we make this two weeks ago?!

  6. 12/06/2013 at 3:16 am

    This ham and cheese bread look so delicious :)

  7. 12/06/2013 at 8:24 am

    Oh, my goodness! This is some seriously amazing-looking bread!

  8. 12/06/2013 at 8:35 am

    ARE YOU SERIOUS!!??? I am freaking out this looks so good right now! I would eat the whole loaf myself!

  9. 12/06/2013 at 9:09 am

    Josh is going to love this recipe!

  10. 12/06/2013 at 9:31 am

    Looks amazing. I think I need this for my girls weekend coming up.

  11. 12/06/2013 at 10:51 am

    Wicked! Oh, my…we’re in trouble in this household! We always have ham for the Christmas holiday and there’s nothing better than Cheddar to go with ham…let alone with warm, soft and straight from the oven bread! Amazing recipe and photos, Julie! Thanks for sharing. Definitely pinning tonight at Pinterest!

  12. 12/06/2013 at 12:24 pm

    This sounds delicious Julie! I’ll probably eat the whole thing : )

  13. 12/06/2013 at 5:08 pm

    Oh. Em. Gee. that CHEESE!

  14. 12/06/2013 at 7:31 pm

    What an incredible bread!

  15. 12/06/2013 at 11:42 pm

    Holy moly!! This bread is insane!! So much goodness in one loaf!!

  16. 12/07/2013 at 7:48 am

    Oh boy. I might have to make this for my boyfriend for Sunday football-watching…although I’ll have to watch out because he will almost certainly try to eat it all himself!

  17. 12/07/2013 at 10:56 am

    I want to die inside that thing.

  18. 12/08/2013 at 9:23 am

    This bread looks decadent & wonderful!!

  19. 12/08/2013 at 7:47 pm

    Shut the front door! It’s that simple? I think everybody should have those 3 ingredients in their fridge all. the. time. What an easy and fun recipe for the whole family! I cannot wait to make this! Wowza, Julie!

  20. 12/08/2013 at 11:09 pm

    These look gorgeous, not to mention, completely scrumptious!

  21. 12/09/2013 at 12:48 am

    Oh that cheese!!

  22. 12/09/2013 at 8:06 am

    Whoa! I’m salivating at 6am for cheesy bread! Swoon!!

  23. 12/09/2013 at 11:00 pm

    I love that this post is so image heavy! Bring on the ham and cheese, please!

  24. 12/10/2013 at 2:15 pm

    This ooey gooey cheesy bread looks so amazingly good!

  25. 12/10/2013 at 11:46 pm

    Goood lawwwwd. This reminds me of croque monsieurs which are one of my favorite sandwiches! This plus some eggs and I have my dream meal, man. The kid and the 23 year old in me are both dying over this.

  26. Sienna
    12/13/2013 at 4:23 pm

    Made this on Sunday to take to a party since we had leftover honey baked ham in the freezer. It was so easy and was a huge hit! The whole loaf was devoured before dinner. The very center of our loaf wasn’t fully cooked so definitely follow the cooking time to make sure it’s cooked through.

  27. 12/15/2013 at 9:38 am

    I literally just put this in the oven and the anticipation is killing me!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • 12/15/2013 at 9:49 pm

      I hope you enjoyed it, Nicole!

  28. 12/18/2013 at 9:18 pm

    Oh man! This looks amazing, such a fantastic idea :)

  29. 02/25/2014 at 1:31 pm

    Woah! I just fell in love with the photos of this cheesy bread. I can only imagine how great it must taste. Thanks for sharing. I think this would work well for parties.

  30. Ann
    04/08/2015 at 7:05 pm

    This looked so yummy! I did a little variation. I put a little pepper jelly on each biscuit before I put the cheese and ham on. I sprinkled a nice amount of very finely chopped green onion(just green part)all over when I got it in the pan. YUM!!!!!

  31. Sarah Kate
    12/21/2015 at 10:59 am

    Could you assemble this the night before and bake in the morning?

    • Julie
      12/22/2015 at 9:00 pm

      You could, yes.

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