Saturday, September 5, 2009

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Ham & Cheddar Puffs

Here's another quick and easy appetizer that's full of taste and big on presentation. The original recipe called for prosciutto and gruyere but I went the poor girl route and used ham and chedder cheese.
Ham & Cheese Pinwheels
Source: Joy the Baker (here)

1 package puff pastry
8 slices of ham
3 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
flour for dusting
fresh ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Thaw puff pastry in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours. Once thawed, carefully unfold and lay on a floured work surface. If the pastry tears at the seam in the unfolding process. Dust flour on top of the pastry as well.

Puff pastry will already be very flat, but with a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 11×9-inches. Layer the eight slices of hamon top of the puff pastry. Using a butter knife, layer the mustard on top of the ham slices. Top with cheese, and as much fresh ground black pepper as you like.

Begin to roll the right side of the pastry in towards the center. Next roll the left side of the pastry in towards the center. Press together. Dough will not stick together, but if you brush away some of the excess flour on the center dough pieces, they will stay together better during baking.

With a sharp knife, slice the dough into 1/2-inch thick slices. Place on a baking sheet lines with parchment paper. Bake at 400 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes, until a deep golden brown. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then remove from baking sheet and serve warm or at room temperature.

Serve and enjoy!


Christina said...

Nice! Gruyere is my favorite, but it's expensive =(

Eliana said...

Sounds like ham and cheddar made great substitutions.

Snooky doodle said...

Delicious! Really nice and yummy!

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