Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

I’ve been posting desserts for the past few weeks, and it’s time to change it up 🙂

I love using puff pastry – it’s endlessly versatile, it can be used for both sweet and savory dishes, and it’s easy to create a dramatic dish. Best of all, it’s easily obtainable at the grocery store.

This is a fast and easy meal; I had it on the table less than an hour after walking in the front door. The key is to plan ahead at least one day, to give the puff pastry time to defrost. It is best to defrost it overnight in the refrigerator; it can be harder to handle if it defrosts unevenly.

Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

Serves 2
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 25 min

1 sheet from a defrosted package of frozen puff pastry
2 T whole grain mustard (or your favorite)
2 T fig preserves (optional)
4 slices of baked ham
4 slices of Gouda cheese
1 egg, beaten with 1 T water

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. 

On a piece of parchment paper, lay out the sheet of puff pastry. Use a rolling pin to smooth out the seams. Loosen it from the parchment paper. Lay the parchment paper in a baking sheet, and put the puff pastry on it. Mix the mustard and fig preserves together; brush over the puff pastry, leaving a 1″ border. Lay the cheese in one layer over the mustard and preserves; lay the ham over the cheese.

Brush the egg wash all around the border. Carefully fold one half of the puff pastry/ham/cheese over the other half; crimp the edges to seal. Brush the top with egg wash, and cut slits in the top to vent.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is golden brown. Remove from oven and let sit on a cutting board for a few minutes before cutting.

Delicious with a green salad, or some fruit. If you are serving more than two people, double the ham, cheese, mustard, and fig preserves. Use both sheets of puff pastry, filling the bottom of one and topping with the other. Cooking time remains the same.