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