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Prep 20 minutes
Total 1 hour
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Ingredients
  • 375 g sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 5 tbsps tomato pasta sauce or pizza sauce topping
  • 4-5 thin slices of ham
  • 125 g grated cheese such as cheddar or gruyere
  • 1 egg, beaten
Cheese and Ham Pastry Twirls Cheese and Ham Pastry Twirls
Cheese and Ham Pastry Twirls

Bought ready-rolled puff pastry is one of those ingredients you should keep in your fridge or freezer all the time as it’s so handy when in need of a quick fix, sweet or savoury.

Here I’m using it to make a freshly baked savoury twists for all the family to enjoy for lunch, dinner or a snack.

They are super super simple to make and have so many flexible options - use different meats, cheeses, add anchovies, chopped olives, chillies, fresh or dried herbs. You can also make them vegetarian by swapping the ham for very thin strips of courgette or red peppers...you get the idea.


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180℃ fan/gas 6.
  2. Line 8 holes of a muffin tin with non-stick muffin cases or strips of baking parchment, approx. 10-12cm/4-4 ½ in. Alternatively, and even better, if you are using a silicone muffin tray you won’t need to use anything to line the holes.
  3. Remove the pastry from the fridge for 5 minutes before un-rolling and cutting widthways into 8 strips.
  4. Spread the tomato sauce over the surface of each one. Lay on some ham and scatter over most of the cheese.
  5. Roll each one up loosely to form a coil, and sit in the muffin tin holes.
  6. Brush the top of the pastry and any edges you can see with the beaten egg and scatter any remaining cheese over the top of each one.
  7. Bake in the oven for around 30-35 minutes until the tops are wonderfully golden brown and the pastry is cooked through. Cool slightly before removing and serving warm or at room temperature.

Jo Pratt is an award winning food writer, cook, food stylist and presenter. She creates inspirational modern recipes, using the best seasonal produce all with achievable results for the home cook. She has a unique style, which has seen her become a best – selling author, with numerous cookbooks under her belt.


When she’s not writing books, you’ll also find Jo presenting recipes online, on TV, in your favourite food magazines, on stage performing live cookery demonstrations and hosting numerous workshops/cookery classes. She hosts regular lessons at both Leiths Cookery School and Divertimenti Cookery School, London.


Jo has collaborated with other three female chefs, to launch The Gorgeous Kitchen, an award-winning contemporary restaurant specialising in beautiful global cuisine made with British-grown produce at Heathrow’s Terminal 2.


Jo’s cooking style initially evolved from working with hugely talented restaurant chefs (including the late Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and John Torode) making the most delicious food – and translating their ideas into recipes for the everyday kitchen.

Cheese and Ham Pastry Twirls

Bought ready-rolled puff pastry is one of those ingredients you should keep in your fridge or freezer all the time as it’s so handy when in need of a quick fix, sweet or savoury.

Here I’m using it to make a freshly baked savoury twists for all the family to enjoy for lunch, dinner or a snack.

They are super super simple to make and have so many flexible options - use different meats, cheeses, add anchovies, chopped olives, chillies, fresh or dried herbs. You can also make them vegetarian by swapping the ham for very thin strips of courgette or red peppers...you get the idea.

Prep 20 minutes
Total 1 hour
makes
US | Metric
favorite
print
rate
Ingredients
  • 375 g sheet of ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 5 tbsps tomato pasta sauce or pizza sauce topping
  • 4-5 thin slices of ham
  • 125 g grated cheese such as cheddar or gruyere
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180℃ fan/gas 6.
  2. Line 8 holes of a muffin tin with non-stick muffin cases or strips of baking parchment, approx. 10-12cm/4-4 ½ in. Alternatively, and even better, if you are using a silicone muffin tray you won’t need to use anything to line the holes.
  3. Remove the pastry from the fridge for 5 minutes before un-rolling and cutting widthways into 8 strips.
  4. Spread the tomato sauce over the surface of each one. Lay on some ham and scatter over most of the cheese.
  5. Roll each one up loosely to form a coil, and sit in the muffin tin holes.
  6. Brush the top of the pastry and any edges you can see with the beaten egg and scatter any remaining cheese over the top of each one.
  7. Bake in the oven for around 30-35 minutes until the tops are wonderfully golden brown and the pastry is cooked through. Cool slightly before removing and serving warm or at room temperature.

Jo Pratt is an award winning food writer, cook, food stylist and presenter. She creates inspirational modern recipes, using the best seasonal produce all with achievable results for the home cook. She has a unique style, which has seen her become a best – selling author, with numerous cookbooks under her belt.


When she’s not writing books, you’ll also find Jo presenting recipes online, on TV, in your favourite food magazines, on stage performing live cookery demonstrations and hosting numerous workshops/cookery classes. She hosts regular lessons at both Leiths Cookery School and Divertimenti Cookery School, London.


Jo has collaborated with other three female chefs, to launch The Gorgeous Kitchen, an award-winning contemporary restaurant specialising in beautiful global cuisine made with British-grown produce at Heathrow’s Terminal 2.


Jo’s cooking style initially evolved from working with hugely talented restaurant chefs (including the late Gary Rhodes, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver and John Torode) making the most delicious food – and translating their ideas into recipes for the everyday kitchen.