Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry

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Ham and cheese puff pastry are easy homemade hot pockets. Thin slices of ham, cheese, and arugula are wrapped in pieces of golden crisp puff pastry. Prep in 10 minutes, then bake for 15. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

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Ham and cheese puff pastry hot pockets on a small tray with honey mustard dipping sauce.

🧑🏼‍🍳 Why You’ll Love This Easy Recipe

  • Amazingly delicious. Ham and gooey melted cheese enclosed in a rich and buttery puff pastry wrapper that’s super flaky. These savory ham and cheese puff pastry are tasty, comforting, and satisfying.
  • Perfect for busy weekdays. A simple recipe that comes together in a snap. Enjoy these bundles of goodness for breakfast, lunch, or snacks.
  • Fancy enough for entertaining. Arugula gives homemade hot pockets an elegant look. Like pinwheel sandwiches, ham and cheese puff pastry are ideal party appetizers.
  • Simple recipe to scale up. Fantastic for feeding a game-day crowd.
  • Kid-friendly, parent-approved. Ham and cheese puff pastry are easy to hold in little hands. Wrap them up for an on-the-go meal.
  • Great way to use up leftover ham. When you make a brown sugar glazed ham for dinner, this is an excellent way repurpose the leftovers.
  • Customizable hot pockets recipe. We use ham and Swiss cheese, but you can mix things up to fit your family’s tastebuds. Feel free to use salami or pepperoni combined with your favorite meltable cheese.
A hand lifting a ham and cheese puff pastry from a serving platter.

🛒 Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry Sheets: The brand I prefer is Pepperidge Farm. You can find a box of this product in the frozen food section of the grocery store. [Note: This is not the same as a croissant dough sheet or phyllo dough.]
  • Ham: I use classic, smoked deli ham. But feel free to use any type of fully-cooked ham, thinly sliced. Even prosciutto or serrano would be amazing. If you have leftover bacon (cooked and crispy) this is a great way to use it up and prevent food waste.
  • Swiss Cheese: I love it for its sweet, mild, nutty taste. When melted it’s smooth and gooey with a good cheese “pull.” It’s perfect for ham and cheese puffed pastry. But feel free to use any type of melting cheese.
  • Arugula: Contributes a bit of color and a fresh peppery taste. It also holds up well in the oven. Feel free to substitute it with a comparable green like baby spinach or watercress. Or if desired, just leave it out.
  • Lemon Juice: Adds a bit of bright freshness and acidity. It tastes delicious with the arugula.
  • Olive Oil: Adds a touch of richness. It lightly coats the arugula.
  • Large Egg: We beat it with a splash of water to make an egg wash. It helps the garnishes stick to the puff pastry and helps it brown.
  • Choice of Garnishes: Try sesame seeds, poppy seeds, flaky salt, or everything bagel seasoning. They add beautiful crunch and texture.
Ingredients for ham and cheese puff pastry.

📖 Recipe Steps

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.

  1. Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly-floured surface. Roll it into a 10×12″ rectangle that’s approximately 1/8″ thick. Cut the pastry into 6 rectangles about 4×5″ each.
  2. Arrange one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on each piece of puff pastry.
  3. In a small bowl, toss arugula with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. With your hand, gently massage the lemon and oil into the leaves until they’re evenly coated.
  4. Add 1/4 cup arugula on top of each slice of cheese.
How to make homemade hot pockets - ham and cheese puff pastry, step by step.
  1. Fold 2 opposite corners of the puff pastry together so it encloses the filling. Gently press the dough to seal. Leave the remaining 2 ends open for hot air to escape. Arrange hot pockets on a prepared baking sheet. Leave a bit of room between each bundle.
  2. Brush the puff pastry with egg wash. Sprinkle the top with the desired garnish: sesame seeds, flaky salt or everything bagel seasoning. Repeat the steps with the second sheet of puff pastry and ingredients.
  3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden blonde and the cheese is just melted.
  4. For the best taste, serve and enjoy immediately.
How to assemble ham and cheese puff pastry.

🍽 What to Pair With Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry

For a complete meal, pair the hot pockets with a bowl of alphabet soup, sliced fruit or a crisp garden salad. For snacking, serve them alone or pair them with a sweet or savory dipping sauce for a delicious punch of flavor.

A serving of ham and cheese puff pastry being dipped into a bowl of honey-mustard sauce.

👩🏻‍🍳 Recipe FAQ

These are the most commonly-asked questions for achieving the BEST ham and cheese puff pastry, and the most helpful answers for recipe success.

What are the best cheeses for melting?

Mozzarella, Swiss, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, Cheddar, smoked gouda, American, provolone, gruyere, fontina, Havarti, and Oaxaca cheese.

How to make homemade puff pastry sheets?

Use this super easy recipe for puff pastry dough.

How to make hot pockets better?

Spread a small amount of marinara sauce, dijon mustard or pesto sauce over the cold puff pastry before adding the meat and cheese. Or try adding some caramelized onions to the bundle.

How to make hot pockets crispier?

For perfect crispy bottoms, preheat the baking sheet. Then carefully transfer the parchment paper with hot pockets onto the preheated tray.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

Yes, you can make ham and cheese puff pastry a few hours in advance. Tightly cover the tray with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to bake. Remove and discard the plastic wrap before baking.

Can leftover ham and puff pastry be stored for later?

Yes, you can store it overnight in the fridge and rewarm it in the oven later. Some of the initial crunch will be lost, but it will still taste great.

Ham and cheese puff pastry on a serving table next to a bowl of dipping sauce.

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Four ham and cheese puff pastry hot pockets served on a small white tray.

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry


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  • Author: Denay DeGuzman
  • Total Time: 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 12 Hot Pockets 1x
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Description

These savory ham-and-cheese puff pastry are easy to make and delicious to eat. Enjoy them for brunch, lunch, or snacks. They’re also elegant appetizers. Serve with honey-mustard dipping sauce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry sheets, defrosted but still cold (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
  • 12 slices ham (like deli ham or black forest ham), thinly sliced
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese (or any meltable cheese), thinly sliced
  • 3 cups fresh arugula
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 large egg, beaten with a splash of water
  • Garnish (pick your favorite): sesame seeds, flaky salt, or everything bagel seasoning

Instructions

RECIPE PREP: Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or reusable silicone baking mats.

  1. Unfold one of the puff pastry sheets onto a lightly-floured surface. Roll it into a 10×12″ rectangle that’s approximately 1/8″ thick. Cut the pastry into 6 rectangles about 4×5″ each.
  2. Arrange one slice of ham and one slice of cheese on each piece of puff pastry. 
  3. In a small bowl, toss arugula with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of olive oil. With your hand, gently massage the oil and lemon juice into the leaves until they’re evenly coated. Add 1/4 cup arugula on top of each slice of cheese.
  4. Fold 2 opposite corners of the puff pastry together so it encloses the filling. Gently press the dough to seal. Leave the remaining 2 ends open. Arrange hot pockets on a prepared baking sheet. Leave a bit of room between each bundle. Brush the puff pastry with egg wash. Sprinkle with the desired crunchy garnish.
  5. Repeat the steps with the second sheet of puff pastry and ingredients. 
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden blonde and the cheese is just melted. For the best taste and texture, serve and enjoy immediately. Delicious on their own, they’re even better with a honey-mustard dipping sauce.

Notes

Honey mustard dipping sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup country dijon mustard and 1/4 cup honey. 

How to make these homemade hot pockets better: Spread a small amount of marinara sauce, dijon mustard or pesto sauce over the cold puff pastry before adding the meat and cheese. Or try adding some caramelized onions to the bundle. 

How to make the puff pastry crispier: Preheat the baking sheet. Then carefully transfer the sheet of parchment paper with hot pockets onto the preheated tray.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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