HamJam Cheddar Puffs | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HamJam Cheddar Puffs

Warm from the oven...flaky, cheesy, buttery HamJam Cheddar Puffs are a tasty appetizer or snack that everyone will love!  Use your favorite flavored jam to customize them to your liking!

HamJam Cheddar Puffs

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HamJam Cheddar Puffs

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HamJam Cheddar Puffs

These HamJam Cheddar Puffs could not be any easier to make and they are full of that "big-flavor" Scala Quinn is known for.  We had these little delights for lunch one day, but wouldn't they be great as an appetizer on your holiday menu this year? Or how about a way to re-purpose some of that leftover holiday ham?

I'd even eat these for breakfast!

HamJam Cheddar Puffs

These tastly little bites start off with store-bought puff pastry dough.  If you've never worked with puff pastry before, you are in for a surprise.  It's incredibly easy to work with and puffs to the most delightful, buttery, flaky vessel for the ham, jam and cheddar!  These little bites are a little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lot delicious.

Lucinda Scala Quinn says her favorite jam flavor to use in this recipe is apricot, and that is what I used too. However, in the book, she gives you permission to use any flavor jam you like.  I think these would be incredible with pineapple preserves!  What do you think?

HamJam Cheddar Puffs

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HamJam Cheddar Puffs

Renee Paj 
HamJam Cheddar Puffs
Easy-to-make savory-sweet snacks or appetizers made with frozen puff-pastry dough, tangy mustard, sharp cheddar cheese, ham and a sweet jam flavor of your choice.


  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 ounces sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 to 5 ounces ham, cut into 18 matchsticks (about ¼ inch wide by 3 inches long)
  • 1/3 cup favorite jam (I like apricot)
  • 1 large egg


  1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF with the rack in the center position. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or a silicone baking pad.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry to a 12-inch square. Brush the mustard over the entire surface of the pastry and sprinkle with the cheese and pepper. Cut the dough into thirds and then into thirds again to make 9 squares. Cut each square in half diagonally to make 18 triangles.
  3. Place a piece of ham on the lower third of each triangle, add a small spoonful
    of jam, and roll up. Place each bundle seam side down on the lined baking sheet. Whisk together the egg and 1 teaspoon water in a small bowl. Brush each bundle with egg wash and bake until golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Serve immediately.
Yield: 18 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 18 mins.
Total time: 28 mins.

*Recipe used with permission from Workman Publishing Company

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HamJam Cheddar Puffs

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  1. Oh, I would love these with turkey pepperoni and pineapple preserves! Looks like an easy fun appy to make for the upcoming holidays!

  2. Favorite recipe is probably beef rouladen, and of course a pasta with marinara sauce.

    1. I've never made a beef rouladen! Sounds wonderful and yes, pasta is always a good choice in my family as well!

  3. They have lots of favorites, but probably roasted chicken thighs tops the list!

    1. Roasted chicken thighs are a popular meal in this house too! So simple and so delicious!

  4. I love finger food! These look delicious and so fun to eat, too!

  5. These look SO GOOD! I have ham... These should be on the menu soon.

  6. they love my homemade salsa with chicken tender meals

  7. This look so yummy. Cannot wait to make at home from the cookbook.


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