When I worked in a bakery, we made more than just the sweet stuff. We would make these easy Ham and Cheese Pockets (or Turkey and Swiss Pockets) for catered events and things. We actually used danish dough instead of puff pastry, but it’s easier to find the puff pastry in regular grocery stores and it’s so flakey good! Basically all you need is frozen puff pastry sheets, cheddar cheese slices, and ham slices. The mustard is optional. This time we used dijon, but you can use yellow or honey mustard as well. Start by cutting a pastry sheet into fourths and roll them out just a little bit so you have room for your meat and cheese. Add your meat, cheese, and mustard, then brush a whisked egg on the edges of half the square so you can fold it over and seal the dough together. Fold over the top half of dough and pinch the edges or use a fork to seal them together. Cut a few slits on top for ventilation and brush the tops with the whisked egg. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes. It’s honestly going to depend on how juicy the ham is. If it leaks juices it will take longer to get the tops and bottoms brown. Make sure you peek underneath the pockets to check that the puff pastry is not doughy. The dough should rise and get flakey. These ham and cheese pockets are one of my husband’s favorite things to eat! Have fun with them! They are like homemade hot pockets! The possibilities are endless!
Ham and Cheese Pockets
- 1 (17.3oz) box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets (2 pack)
- 1 (7oz or larger) pkg thinly sliced black forest ham
- 8 slices mild cheddar cheese
- Dijon/Yellow/Honey Mustard (about 1 tsp per pocket)
- 1 large egg, whisked
- Cut each pastry sheet into fourths and roll each square slightly thinner so there is room for the meat and cheese.
- Add 3 slices of ham, 1 slice of cheese (folded in half), and a squirt of mustard (smeared) to half of each square. Then brush a whisked egg on the edges of the half of the square with meat and cheese, so you can fold over the top and seal the edges.
- Fold over the top half of the dough and pinch the edges or crimp them with a fork to seal the dough together. Place pockets on a parchment or silicone lined baking sheet. Cut a few slits on top of each pocket with a knife for ventilation, and then brush the tops with the whisked egg.
- Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 25 minutes. Make sure you peek underneath the pockets to check that the puff pastry is brown, and not doughy. The dough should rise and get flakey. The time will depend on how juicy the ham is and if it leaks out of the pocket while baking. Serve hot.
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