This time of year I am sure we are all needing simple, quick and tasty appetizer options for parties and get togethers. That is the exact reason these Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Twists were born. I used to make these with a partial wheat dough. I decided it might be even easier to try these with puff pastry (store bought of course). What a great switch out!
The packages come with 2 sheets. Start by thawing a sheet of puff pastry. To do this I remove it from the package and let it thaw at room temp, covered by saran wrap. You don’t want it to thaw. I only used one for this recipe, but if you have a bigger crowd, definitely thaw both. Again, it will dry out, so make sure it is covered when you are thawing.
You can leave it the size it is, or roll a little thinner, like I did. I feel like it was too thick if it wasn’t rolled more thin. The one I am showing is rolled about 2 inches larger on both sides then what it started out as.
I marked the center of the rectangle, as shown in photo. Don’t worry about perfection, just press your hand to make the mark. This will help you to know where to fold. I normally like a stoneground mustard, but was serving this to less refined palates (my boys and their friends), so I used a plain yellow mustard. Now, no judging here, I also really love a yellow mustard.
Spread the mustard in a thin layer. How much you put on will depend on how well you like it. I made a fairly thin layer.
Spread with the sliced ham.
Tillamook cheese is always our go to. We love it!
Grate the cheese and put on top. Again, the amount of ham and cheese will depend on your preferences.
Fold puff pastry in half carefully as it will be stuffed with the ham and grated cheese. Pinch the open end to close.
I used a pizza cutter to cut into 1/2 inch strips. This is a variable. If you prefer, cut them into thicker or thinner strips.
Twist each strip.
Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. My one puff pastry sheet took 2 sheets. Bake at 375 degrees until they are golden brown. I turned on the broiled for just a few minutes to get a deeper color.
These are best enjoyed right away, but are still really good even after they have cooled.
Want to be the Rockstar at your next get together? Try throwing together these tasty Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Twists!
If you are interested in another quick and easy puff pastry party idea, one savory (this one), and one sweet- check this recipe for Simple Cinnamon Twists.