Thursday, 26 July 2012

Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry

I have to give a lot of credit to my good friend CK.  He takes a lot of these photos and makes the food look so good!

This is ham and cheese wrapped in puff pastry.  Ideal for breakfast and is ready in about 30 minutes.


- pre-prepared sheet of puf pastry (preferably home-made so it's nice a fresh).
- 2 slices of your favorite ham (thick slices work well here)
- 50g Jarlsberg cheese cut into strips about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide
- Pepper and sweet basil
- 1 egg beaten


Pre-heat oven to 200C.

Roll out the puf pastry to about 8 x 6 inch sheet.  Lay the ham on one half of the pastry leaving about an inch from the edges.  On top lay the cheese slices in a grid and top with pepper and sweet basil. 

Fold the pastry to completely cover the filling and then turn the edges up from the bottom all the way around like an envelope seal.  Using a patry brush seal the envelope with egg wash and turn over and place onto a line baking tray or grill.  Paint egg wash on the top and carve a slit or two in the top to allow air to escape.

Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and expanded.

You can really use any cheese you like.  Mozzarella will work well as it will melt more and tend to ooze out when you cut the pastry.  The lovely buttery layering makes this a delightful way to start the day.  Serve with some tomato or chili sauce and a hot cup of coffee.


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