There is one sound that fills my heart with immediate joy the moment I hear it. That is, the pitter patter of my sons little feet. It is the warning bell that cuteness is on it’s way and I had better brace myself to not let it get the better of me. There is something so unbelievably cute about a little toddler that thinks they are the centre of the universe. There is no lack of confidence there. That seems to come when we are older and realize that even though we were told that we are the handsomest, smartest, cutest, most loved little person on the planet, not everyone shares that opinion. But, I am thoroughly enjoying listening to my son’s pitter pattering and thinking it is the cutest sound that anyone has ever heard. Waiting to see that little, big head come around the corner and that excited smile that lights up his face when he spots him Mom. I know that these moments are fleeting so I am trying to treasure and enjoy them while I can.
These are one of my favourite appetizers. They are easy to make ahead, only take five ingredients, and taste absolutely delicious. They are a crowd pleaser with their simple flavours and buttery packaging. I have made these many times and gotten rave reviews. They are perfect for any holiday gathering. Like say, Thanksgiving? :)
To inspire anyone that might be in an appetizer rut, what appetizers do you like to serve at Thanksgiving?
adapted from Kraft
- 1/2 pkg. puff pastry, thawed (from a 397g pack) (or 1/6 of this recipe)
- egg wash (1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp. water)
- 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne
- 170g deli ham (approx. 11 slices)
- Roll pastry out to a 14×10 inch rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, so that you have two sheets 14×5 inches. Brush egg wash over both halves.
- Sprinkle 3 Tbsp. parmesan and cayenne over one pastry sheet. Layer ham evenly on top, leaving a little bit of a border on all sides.
- Place other pastry sheet, egg side down over top of ham. Seal edges by pressing down with rolling pin. Brush top with egg wash.
- Roll up starting at a long side to form a 14 inch log. Press down to seal seam.
- Cut log into 24 (1/2 inch) pieces. Place cut side down on a parchment lined baking sheet. Brush with more egg wash and sprinkle with remaining 1 Tbsp. cheese.
- Bake at 400ºF (200ºC) for 12 -14 min. until golden brown.
Makes: 24 appetizers
* These are great served warm or at room temperature.
** You can make these ahead and store them in the freezer. Either wrap them up as the log and freeze. Then to serve defrost in the fridge, slice and proceed with the recipe. Or you can slice them, place them on a lined baking sheet until frozen and store them in a plastic bag. This way you can bake them from frozen making sure to egg wash and sprinkle them with parmesan before baking.