Delicious ham and cheese melted between layers of flaky puff pastry. This Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Melt is the perfect way to use up leftover ham. YUM. I also like to make this when my grocery store has the bags of diced ham on sale. It is such a simple and yummy lunch, and a step up from your ordinary ham sandwich.
I seem to always over-estimate how much ham I need for family dinners, and this Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Melt is the perfect way to use up that leftover chunk of ham.
Use whatever cheese you like in this recipe. I used Cheddar this time, but Provolone, Swiss, Gruyere, and Colby Jack are great too. Whatever you choose it is sure to be melty and wonderful!
Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Melt
yields: 8 servings
2 Puff Pastry Sheets
3/4 pound ham, cut into small cubes
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg and 1 tablespoon water egg wash
Allow puff pastry defrost.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out one puff pastry sheet onto a greased baking sheet.
Top the pastry with a layer of ham then sprinkle on a layer of cheese. Leaving about one inch along the edge of the pastry which will be pinched to seal the pastry.
Prepare and egg wash by mixing the egg and water together with a fork.
Brush the inside pastry edges with egg wash.
Put a second layer of pastry over top and press down lightly along edges with your fingers or a fork to form a seal.
Cut several slits slits into the top pastry sheet.
Brush the top with remaining egg wash.
Bake on the center rack for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool slightly and cut into 8 pieces.
Serve with your favorite mustard. Yellow mustard, honey mustard, Dijon mustard and spicy mustard are all great.