Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs

Ham and cheese puff pastryHam and Cheese! The staple items in everyone’s kitchen across the nation. I bet you have a packet or two sitting in your fridge now, don’t you?

Thanksgiving is coming near and everyone will be busy getting ready for the holiday season soon after. So here is Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs that can be put together quickly to impress your house guests (if they are visiting) in the morning.

I used store-bought deli ham but any leftover ham or turkey slices from your Thanksgiving meal would work great with this recipe. You can also use your favorite type of melt-able cheese to match.


Ham and cheese puff pastryThese pastry puffs are not only limited for the savory breakfast. They can turn into a great finger food to any party as well.

The addition of your household spice blend sprinkled on top of these pastries make them very unique and gourmet-ish.

This recipe is adapted from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook.


tutorialFirst, gather up all the spices from your pantry and line them up.

Actually, you want to preheat the oven first. 400 degree F or 200 degree C


tutorial-3Mix each portion in a small bowl.  The amount will be more than enough for 8 pastries.

Note: If you are using store bought deli ham or turkey slices, omit the salt in the spice blend. I don’t think it is necessary.


tutorial-4Here are the rest of the ingredients. Frozen puff pastry, ham (I used black forest), and cheese.

Sorry for the blurry picture. When I am hungry, I tend to take pictures too up-close and personal.


tutorial-5Unfold the thawed pastry sheet and cut into 4 squares.


tutorial-6Place a slice of ham and cheese on top diagonally.

I used white cheddar cheese. Provolone or Swiss cheese would be a great option, too.


tutorial-7Sprinkle a little bit of the spice blend on top.


tutorial-8Bring the two side corners and pinch them to stick together.


tutorial-9Place the pastries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with egg wash.


tutorial-10Sprinkle a little more spice blend on top.


tutorial-11Put them in a preheated oven and bake for 12-15 minutes.  And adore the beauty of puffing and melting stage of thing! Yeah!!!!


tutorial-12Done! They are good both hot right out of oven or at room temperature. The spice blend really adds nice flavor on these puffs. Of course they make a great finger food, too.

Simple food, simple life.., yup! that’s what I am longing for this week.


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Ham and cheese puff pastry

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 pastires

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry


  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastries, thawed
  • 8 ham or turkey slics
  • 8 cheddar, Swiss, or provolone cheese slices
  • egg wash (1egg + 1 tablespoon water)
  • Spice blend:
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF (200ºC)
  2. Cut the thawed pastries into 4 squares, lay hand and cheese diagonally.
  3. Sprinkle a little spice blend over, and fold two side corners to the center and pinch together to secure.
  4. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bush the pastries with egg wash and sprinkle more spice blend.
  5. Bake them in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until golden brown.

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    kate-v says

    this looks like a great idea — I usually do little ham/cream cheese/onion roll ups thingies but I’m going to give these a try. especially with the three large teenage nephews coming – they devour the snack food (and the other food too, you know, teenagers are just bottomless pits) so this may go a bit further. Best wishes to you, Kate

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    Ham and cheese is one of my favorite combos. We made ham and cheese crepes last night…so good. Thank you for sharing. A delicious end to a long Thursday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    Not sure why but I somehow didn’t see this email coming in, or maybe deleted by mistake. SO glad I caught it. Kids will start their break this afternoon. I need some quick and nice lunch idea – this is PERFECT! Going to get more puff pastries~~. :)

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