Ham and Swiss Puff Pastry Twists.
This ham and swiss puff pastry is twisted into a beautiful holiday star and such a delicious crowd-pleasing appetizer! Melty cheese and crispy ham are layered with the buttery, flaky pastry and baked until golden. This is so good!
Your weekend snack has arrived!
And it only has FIVE ingredients. Yes five! If we could get this to magically appear in the kitchen every weekend from now until January, that would be GREAT.
It’s not too much to ask, right?
These flaky layers filled with ham and melty swiss cheese are twisted and baked until golden and puffy and so crisp. Sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds, they are crunchy and crisp but soft and cheesy at the same time. A little bite of heaven!
See…I have a little obsession with the ham and swiss croissant from starbucks. I mean, it’s not like it’s the best croissant I’ve ever had or anything. Not really close. But when warm, it’s so flaky, crisp, cheesy and really great in a pinch. It’s also very satisfying and filling! Occasionally I will grab one on the go and the kids really love it too.
The combination is a classic. I have never loved deli meat, but if it’s warmed in such a way that it gets crisp and crunchy in places? I like it a lot. That’s what happens here! The cheese gets melty and warm, the ham edges get crispy and the puff pastry practically melts in your mouth.
You may remember a few years ago when I made these spinach artichoke puff pastry twists. They are SO GOOD!! The star twist is easier to make than it looks, it’s super delicious and so pretty to look at. It looks so much fancier than it is!
That’s one of the reasons I really love this. Because it’s just so pretty.
While that version is very much an appetizer and geared more towards later in the day, this one is not. Of course, it would be perfectly fine during happy hour or a holiday party, but what I really love about it is that it’s great for holiday brunch. Or even breakfast. Maybe even christmas morning breakfast!
It is so easy to prep ahead and you can actually assemble it ahead of time.
This is how it comes together!
My favorite puff pastry versions are the ones that come in a big sheet. This recipe uses two sheets, so make sure you have two! I take a big plate and cut out a circle in the center of the sheets. As big as they can get.
Top one of the circles with slices of ham and freshly grated swiss or gruyere cheese. Top it with the other puff pastry circle.
Then it’s time to cut! Use a biscuit cutter to cut a whole in the center but DON’T go the entire way through. Then use a knife to cut strips in the circle about one inch in size.
Twist the pieces you slice! It will get a little messy and is totally fine if cheese spills out and the ham pieces rip. This is the best because both will get crispy in the oven.
You can do all of that ahead of time and store it on a baking sheet in the fridge. It’s the best!
Before baking, I brush the entire thing with egg wash. Then sprinkle all over with sesame seeds.
Bake it for 25 minutes or so and you’re done. Golden, puffed buttery pastry with lots of ham and cheese. So much flavor!
And that’s how this easy treat happens. Put it on your list!
Ham and Swiss Puff Pastry Twists
Ham and Swiss Puff Pastry Twists
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Prep your puff puff pastry. Use a circular object about the same size as your puff pastry to cut a circle out of the middle of both sheets, the exact same size. You want it to be as large as it can (so it goes to the edges!) - so you don’t waste much pastry. Place both circles on the parchment paper.
- Place the torn ham and grated cheese on one of the puff pastry circles, leave a ½ inch border around the edges. On that edge, brush with egg wash. Top the mixture with the other puff pastry circle, so they line up perfectly on top of each other with the filling in the center. Press the edges together.
- Use a biscuit cutter (or the rim of a glass) to press into the center, but don’t cut through. Use a sharp knife to cut slits in the puff pastry circle about 1 inch apart - from the center out to the edge. Take each of those slices and gently twist it from the center. Twist it two or three times. Don’t worry if the filling is falling out and it looks messy - it will still bake up pretty!
- Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle on the sesame seeds.
- Bake on the center rack for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden and shiny. Serve immediately! Top with parmesan and fresh herbs if you wish.
Could eat it everyday.