Sunday, February 15, 2009

Ham and Cheese Spirals

Cheese 'n Ham Spirals
1 egg
1 sheet frozen puff pastry (thawed)
1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese (divided)
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
8 slices shaved smoked or brown sugar ham

Preheat oven to 400*. Beat egg and 1 Tbsp. water with wire whisk until blended: set aside. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 14x10 inch rectangle; cut in half lengthwise. Brush both pastry halves lightly with some of the egg mixture.
Sprinkle 3 Tbsp of the chesse and the pepper evenly over 1 of the pastry pieces: cover with ham slices. Place remaining pasty piece, egg side down, over ham. Brush with additional egg ixture. Roll gently with rolling pin to seal. Roll in jelly-roll fashion to make a 14 inch log. Cut into 24 equal slices. Place, cut side down, on parchment - covered baking sheet. Brush with remaining egg mixture; sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp cheese.
Bake 12-14 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.
This appetizer can be made weeks in advance. Just prepare, wrap securely and freeze. Defrost and bake as directed, prior to serving.
C/O Kraft

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