Now that the holidays are coming to a close, I’m ready for some simplicity. First stop: the kitchen. I’ve been looking for items I can add to our home menu that my kids can help make. These ham & cheese turnovers are just the trick! Taking less than 10 minutes to throw together, they are easy, cheesy, and a big hit with the younger crowd. My three year old deemed them “scrumdelicious” and gave multiple thumbs up while gobbling his down. We can’t get enough of these puff pastry pockets!
WHAT YOU NEED
- 1 sheet pre-made frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1/2 tablespoon creole mustard or honey mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon poppy seeds
- 4 round slices of thinly sliced ham, cut in half and edges trimmed (making 8 triangular pieces)
- 4 square slices of Swiss cheese, cut in half diagonally (also making 8 triangular pieces)
- 1 egg, beaten
Dust your work surface with flour and roll out the sheet of puff pastry into a square 1″ larger in diameter than it was originally. Cut evenly into four squares.
Place the mustard, garlic, butter, and poppy seeds in a small bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until the butter melts. Stir together well. Place 1/2-1 tablespoon of the butter/mustard mixture in the center of each puff pastry square and spread evenly, stopping 1/2″ before the edges. Reserve the remaining sauce.
Lay 2 slices of cheese and 2 slices of ham on each puff pastry square as shown. Brush the edges of the puff pastry with the beaten egg.
Fold the puff pastry squares in half, making triangles. Score the edges of the pastry together with the tines of a fork.
Pour 1/2 of the remaining beaten egg into the bowl of mustard sauce and mix together. Brush the mixture across the tops of the turnovers. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and golden brown.
Hand them out or place them on your favorite serving tray and enjoy :)