Ham and Cheese Spirals

Wren’s Little Nest
by Wren’s Little Nest
16-18 Spirals
25 min

Whenever I’m in a pinch and need to throw something together quickly to entertain guests, my go to is always puff pastry. It is such a versatile vessel for both sweet and savory fillings. I love how creative one can get with the variety of shapes, folds or cuts that can transform the pastry from a flat sheet into a culinary masterpiece!

On this occasion I was entertaining my kids and a few of their friends. Their request was for me to make their favorite Ham and Cheese spirals for an after school snack. I am not one to turn down a good pastry so I was more than happy to whip these up.

With only a few simple ingredients, these pastry spirals came together in no time, and were devoured just as fast.

It’s safe to say that these are a hit with both young and old, and have been requested to be made again the next time they visit.

Begin by rolling a thawed sheet of puff pastry onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Layer a few slices of ham over the pastry, ensuring that there are no big gaps of pastry showing through.

Sprinkle on your favorite type of cheddar cheese. Any will taste great with this recipe, however I used grated Gouda.

Next roll the pastry up tightly into a log shape. Make sure you lay it seam side down so it does not unravel when you slice into it.

Using a sharp knife cut the pastry into 1/2” thick slices and arrange on the parchment paper. Leave about a 1.5” space between each.

This step is optional, but in my opinion really elevates the end result of this dish. I like to pour a little melted butter and herb mixture over each medallion before baking.

These are looking so good already!

Place in a preheated oven at 375 for about 15 minutes.

When the spirals are golden brown they are ready to take out and enjoy! Let rest at room temperature for about 5 minutes before serving.

It’s a good thing we had company on this day, because I could easily devour this tray on my own.


Recipe details
  • 16-18  Spirals
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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Ham and Cheese Spirals
  • 1 Sheet puff pastry
  • 6-8 Slices Cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of your choice
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley

Preheat oven to 375
Roll out a sheet of thawed puff pastry onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
Arrange the ham slices over the entire sheet of puff pastry.
Evenly sprinkle on the shredded cheese.
Roll tightly the puff pastry into a log.
Slice the log into 1/2” thick slices and arrange onto the cookie sheet.
Melt 3tbsp of butter and stir in garlic powder and parsley.
Brush on or pour the melted butter onto each spiral.
Bake in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes.
Let rest for 5 minutes and enjoy!