“R.O.U.S.es” Ham and Cheese Stuffed Rolls

When I first found out that I would be reviewing The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa the first thing I said was “There better not be any for R.O.U.S.es in there or I’m out.” But of course, there was a for R.O.U.S.es, how could there not be? Luckily, the wasn’t for real rodents but these adorable little rodent-shaped buns! They looked so cute I had to try them and turns out, they’re delicious too! This is one time that I happily ate my words (and these ham and cheese stuffed rolls too!).

So as I said, there is no rodent in Jenn Fujikawa’s version of R.O.U.S.es. Instead, the acronym stands for Rolls of Unusual Size. These yummy, homemade rolls are stuffed with diced ham and gruyere cheese. Topped with a sprinkle of parmesan and decorated with slivered almonds and raisins, they were almost too cute to eat. Almost. Then once you bite into them they’re too good not to eat. They were surprisingly easy too. 

[Note: “R.O.U.S.es (Rolls of Unusual Size”) is from The Princess Bride: The Official Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa. This is not an original .]

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Additional Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 Cup warm milk (110 degrees F)
  • 1 Package (.25 Ounce) of active dry yeast
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 3 Cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 Cup diced smoked ham
  • 1 Cup shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 16 Sliced almonds
  • 16 Small raisins
  • 1 Egg plus 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash
  • 1/4 grated parmesan cheese


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir together the milk, yeast, butter, and honey. Let sit for 10 minutes, until the yeast starts to bubble.
  2. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour and salt, until just combined. With the speed on medium, knead the dough for 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic.


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