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Ham and Cheese Feuilleté

Ham and Cheese Feuilleté

This recipe is one of our favorites from Martha Stewart’s Entertaining, our December 2018 Cookbook Club pick. These are the perfect cocktail party appetizer, but you can also cut it into larger portions and serve with a simple side salad for a satisfying yet light meal.


  • 2 14–17-oz. packages puff pastry, thawed overnight in refrigerator
  • All-purpose flour (for surface)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard, plus more for serving
  • 8 oz. cooked ham, thinly sliced
  • 4 oz. Swiss cheese, thinly sliced

Recipe Preparation

  • Roll out 1 package of puff pastry on a floured surface to a 16x12" rectangle. Transfer to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill while you roll out remaining sheet of pastry. Transfer to another parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and chill both sheets of pastry until cold, about 15 minutes.

  • Transfer parchment with pastry to a clean surface. Spread ¼ cup mustard evenly over 1 sheet of pastry, leaving a ½" border around the edges. Layer ham, then cheese over mustard. Fold border of pastry up over edge of filling. Brush edges lightly with water. Arrange remaining sheet of pastry on top, then trim edges with kitchen shears or a sharp knife so top layer fits over bottom with no overhang. Crimp edges with a fork. Using parchment, slide pastry back onto baking sheet. Chill, uncovered, at least 30 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly beat egg and cream in a small bowl to blend. Brush egg wash evenly over puff pastry. Cut thin slits in a decorative pattern into top of pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake feuilleté, rotating pan halfway through, until puffed and deep golden brown, 30–35 minutes. Let cool slightly before cutting into 1½" squares. Serve warm with additional mustard alongside.

  • Do Ahead: Feuilleté can be assembled 12 hours ahead. Cover with plastic wrap and keep chilled.

Recipe by Reprinted with permission from Entertaining by Martha Stewart, copyright © 1982. Published by Clarkson Potter Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.Reviews SectionMade these for a NYE party and they were definitely the star of the show. So simple and delicious.AnonymousBrooklyn, NY01/04/20This was super easy and ended up being a hit at the NYE party! I also was curious about the quantity of puff pastry -- I don't know if this is technically the right way, but in order to get the 12" x 16" rectangles, I did need two packages of puff pastry with two sheets in each one. I kind of connected the puff pastry sheets on the short side and made a seam by pinching the edges together and it worked fine, especially since you are cutting the feuillete anyway. Super delicious and looked impressive.AnonymousDetroit, MI01/01/20This looks fabulous and I want to make it but I’m confused by the fact that the recipe calls for two packages of puff pastry. They all come with two sheets per package so are you supposed to use two sheets on the bottom and two on top or one sheet each?Brought this to game night with friends, it was a hit. Super easy to make. Only change I might make in the future is doubling the amount of ham to balance out the puff pastry/filling ratio.AnonymousMinneapolis, MN12/22/19Wow! this recipe was amazing! can't wait to make it again!I would make this recipe over and over again, and experiment with different fillings. It’s easy but it looks like a showstopper! It was a huge hit for a holiday gathering.AnonymousNashville 01/03/19

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