Ina's Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

Have you made these yet? Honestly, frozen puff pastry makes everything so easy and you can try so many combinations with this appetizer. This was my first attempt but I've made it many times since and used other cheeses and other meats. Try salami, or goat cheese or add some black olives...anything goes. I tend to make a recipe that sounds interesting exactly the way it's written the first time, then experiment.

Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry
2008, Ina Garten, All Rights Reserved

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 pound black forest ham, sliced
1/2 pound Swiss Gruyere cheese, sliced
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan.

Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and carefully roll it out to 10 by 12 inches. Place it on a sheet pan and brush the center with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Place a layer first of ham and then cheese, also leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with the egg wash.

Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12inches. Place the second sheet on top of the filled pastry, lining up the edges. Cut the edges straight with a small, sharp knife and press together lightly. Brush the top with egg wash and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve hot or warm.


  1. Wow, that looks yummy, Barbara! Can I have it for breakfast?

  2. Scrumptious! Three ingredients that pair perfectly well together.



  3. I love ham and cheese and puff pastry... if I had the puff on hand, I'd go make it!

  4. Yummm...anything wrapped in puff pastry like this would be amazing. I am off to look for something sweet to bake from your blog today...must take some baking into my school..so I just know this is the place to come...hugs for a blissful day. xoxo

  5. These are great simple appetizers...A few with a glass of wine would be good too.


  6. I'm with T.W. - can I have it for breakfast?

  7. I love Ina's recipes, and I'm surprised I've never tried this one. I'll be sure to put it on the list!

  8. Luce muy rico es una delicia al paladar está perfecto me encanta,abrazos y abrazos.

  9. Hi Barbara! all I can say is yum...yum! I can only imagine how they smell baking. I think I enjoy the smells from the oven more than eating what is baking!

    I want to wish you a wonderful Christmas dear friend. I know the weather in south Florida must be amazing and I kind of wish I were there right now. We have no snow yet, just cold. Enjoy your holiday!
    sending hugs...

  10. Love this Barbara, look really delicious!!

  11. Well now...this is right up my alley. Easy and delicious! :)

  12. This looks so good Barbara. All I need to do is run to the store.

  13. So quick and easy for the holidays Barbara, and as you mentioned very versatile and adaptable to our own taste.

  14. These look fancy but are easy to make--win/win!

  15. Now there's an elegant way to enjoy ham and cheese! I love the idea of them all warm and nestled in puff pastry.

  16. I completely agree with you, Barbara. There is something so festive and decadent about puff pastry that whatever you do with it is a hit - almost! Ina's combination of cheese with the mustard and ham is just simple enough and complex enough to make this a sensation! Easy to make and delicious to eat! Thank you SO much for sharing this in time for the busy season!
    I do a brie in puff pastry - have for years - and those recipes never seem to get posted as I am scrambling when I make them. I spread a great homemade sun dried tomato pesto on top, with lots of slivered garlic and bake it. It is also a huge hit with our guests. Time for a change, though, so I will definitely try this during the season.

  17. wow My mouth waters terribly staring at those gorgeous puffs!
    I like ready made puff a lot!

  18. So scrumptious! who could resist ham and cheese - then made into this wonderful tart - perfection!
    mary x

  19. Yep, puff pastry is versatile and delicious.

  20. the possibilities for puff pastry will never end and i am thankful for that. :)

  21. Wow Barbara...this look awesome and so simple to put together...great idea for party.
    Have a great week!

  22. What a wonderful filled pastry: looks so golden & delcious too, Barbara!

    MMMM! What's NOt to LOVE here???



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