Easy Appetizers – Puff Pastry Ham & Cheese Bites

 

Puff pastry bites

Sunday breakfast was always special growing up.  My mom would make special (usually freshly baked) treats that were “especially for Sunday”.  (A wonderful way to get a kid to look forward to the weekend I must say.)  My favorite baked goodies were these Puff Pastry Ham Triangles: Puff pastry squares, folded into a triangle, filled with ham.  Very simple, nothing fancy, yet so incredibly satisfying.

A few weeks ago, I organized a little get together with friends and was wondering what appetizers to make to go with the wine that we (undoubtedly) would consume that evening.  And I don’t know what reminded me of the pastries my mom used to make, but somehow my mind went back several decades and the Puff Pastry Ham Triangles resurfaced from my long-term memory.

These Ham & Cheese Appetizers are a great variation on the old puff pastry recipe; a bite-size version, with a little bit more kick.  Whereas the plain ham is great for the morning, served as appetizers, I thought it might need a “little bit extra”.  So, I added a blend of cheeses and a little surprise: before cutting it up in small pieces, I brushed the slices of ham with some Dijon mustard.  Depending on the level tolerance your taste buds have for “kick”, you can brush them a little more or a little less.

The appetizers are great when served warm or at room temperature.  Even the next day, warming them up a bit, the leftover bites were a success.  Both with me and the kids.

Puff Pastry Ham & Cheese Appetizers

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. Black Forest ham, sliced 1/8″ thick, approx. 7 slices
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup Quattro Formaggio (I used a blend of Parmesan, Asiago, Fontina & Mild Provolone)
  • 2 sheets puff pastry (I used Pepperidge Farm), thawed.
  • 1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk, beaten and mixed

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 Degrees F.
  • With a pastry brush, brush each slice of ham on one side with Dijon mustard.
  • Cut the ham up in small pieces.
  • Roll out the pastry sheets and cut each of them into 9 equal squares.
  • On the half of each square sprinkle a bit of the ham and top it with cheese.  Stay away from the edges.
  • Fold the other half over and press the sides down with a wet fork.  This will prevent the pastries from leaking cheese all over your oven.
  • With a pastry brush, brush the top of each Ham and Cheese Bite with the egg mixture to create a nice shiny & golden finish.
  •  Bake the pastries on a cookie sheet for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy.

Makes: 18 Ham and Cheese Bites

Enjoy!

(Recipe by: Riek Klosse, adapted by Marieke, aka HRH Mommy)

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