Monday, March 2, 2009

Ham and Cheese Spirals

1 egg 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
¼ cup parmesan cheese
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
8 slices deli ham

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Beat egg and 1tbsp. water with a wire whisk until blended; set aside. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface. Roll into 14 x 10 inch rectangle; cut in half lengthwise. Brush both pastry halves lightly with some of the egg mixture.

Sprinkle 3 tbsp. of the cheese and pepper evenly over 1 of the pastry pieces; cover with ham slices. Place remaining pastry piece, egg side down, over ham. Brush with additional egg mixture.

Roll gently with a rolling pin to seal. Roll in jell-roll fashion to make a 14-inch long 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 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

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