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Festive Cheesy, ham pesto appetizers! Only 4 ingredients!

on 26/12/2014


Hey folks!

I hope you celebrated a lovely joyful Christmas with your family, friends & loved one’s! I want to give you this festive easy to make appetizer that always is a great hit wherever I present these tasty beauties! πŸ™‚ Yum yum yumm,…Excellent with a good glass of Prosecco brut, Cava brut or real Champagne Brut! πŸ™‚

Recipe: For about 20 pieces


one roll of puff-pastry with margarine ( or butter if you like )

1/2 small pot of 190 gr green pesto

about 150 gr of de-fatted thin ham slices, cut into 2, rind removed

about 150 gr of half-hard cheese, cut into slices, rind removed


1. Take your puff pastry out of the package & place it on a Silpat or cookie sheet. Roll it out nicely. Now, with a palet knife, smear your green pesto all over the puff pastry, evenly divided, but leave 0,5 cm free, at the sides. See picture below:

Smearing the green pesto all over it, in 1 layer!

Smearing the green pesto all over it, in 1 layer!

2. Now, place ham slices in 1 layer all over the green pesto, like this & leaving 0.5 cm from the edges free:


3. Finally, place the cheese slices, all in 1 layer, over the top of the ham slices, leaving 0.5 cm from the edges free.


4. Β Now, carefully with your hands, you can roll up the stuffed roll. Do not break the dough & do not make holes!!!


5. When tightly rolled up & you have checked that there are no holes, close the edges. Carefully package the roll into cling-film. Place onto a large plate & place into the fridge, to let the flavors mingle, up to 1 night. Mostly, I leave it in the fridge for 3 to 6 hours. So, when you have a party, you prepare them in the morning & make them in the oven a few hours later!


6. When you are ready, to make the appetizers, preheat your oven to 180Β°C ( 350 F ) for 10 minutes. Take the packaged roll out of the fridge, remove cling film & place onto a large chopping board. With a sharp knife, cut the roll into slices, each about 1 finger thick! I ended up with 20 slices, the sides included!

7. Take a non-stick baking sheet like Silpat & place in onto an oven rack. Place your rolls cut-sized down on the baking sheet, but leave 1.5 to 2 cm between each piece to prevent sticking to each other & than you won’t end up with perfect appetizers! They will puff up when baking in the oven! Place in the center of the oven & bake for about 25 minutes. When ready, your house will smell amazing & the puff pastry pieces are nicely brown, puffed up & look very inviting, like picture above! πŸ˜‰ Take them out of the oven & leave them on the Silpat for about 10 minutes! After that, carefully remove them with a palet life & place them on wire racks to cool down a bit & serve them slightly warm with a good glass of Prosecco, Cava or Champagne brut! Most of the time, I served them slightly warm! πŸ™‚ Enjoy! xxx

Even the next day, they are very delicious! πŸ™‚ MMM!


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36 responses to “Festive Cheesy, ham pesto appetizers! Only 4 ingredients!

  1. KerryCan says:

    When all the ingredients are so good, the combination must be wonderful! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I love the combination of flavours! These appetizers look amazingly delicious, Sophie.

  3. Jim Brennan says:

    Merry Christmas Sophie! I look forward to your delish recipes in 2015.

  4. afracooking says:

    My dear friend, wishing you all the best for a wonderful Christmas.

  5. Eva Taylor says:

    This looks like a perfect start to New Years Eve! I think I even have dome puff pastry in the freezer.

  6. Liz says:

    oh yum! Perfect, especially on that Christmas napkin πŸ™‚

  7. I hope you’ve had a wonderful time darling Sophie xxx

  8. Mmmm, delicious. I make a scroll similar to this. Instead of the pesto I use a jar of salsa. You need to use it sparingly though or it all oozes out.

  9. Louise says:

    Hi Sophie!
    I see you’re still up to mixing up lots of creative goodness, Sophie:) It was so nice to “see” your comment, Thank you. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing these yummy sounding appetizers. Cheers for a Happy New Year!!!

    • Sophie33 says:

      Yes, I lost your blog URL & now, I have found it again!
      I am so happy to re-connect! πŸ™‚ xxx

      Thanks, Louise & a happy, fun, healthy 2015 to you & your loved one’s with many culinary creations & new foods to try out! xxx

  10. what a great idea Sophie πŸ™‚

  11. andy says:

    looks delicious !! πŸ™‚

  12. Sean & Linda says:

    We made your delicious easy to make appetizers & loved it with our Champagne! They are very tasty eaten cold, the next day! Very yum yum too! So thanks again & A happy 2015 to you & your loved one’s! x

  13. Johan says:

    Hey Sophie!
    I made these just now & they are superb, really creative & yum yum too! xxx

    My family & friends all loved them, including myself too, of course! xxx πŸ™‚

  14. Karen says:

    A perfect appetizer to enjoy with a glass of Champagne on New Years eve. Have a happy one, Sophie.

  15. oh gosh the pesto sounds incredible in this!

  16. Sandra says:

    I made these tasty appetizers last night on New Year’s Eve & everyone loved them! They all asked me for the tasty recipe,…Ooh yes! Xx

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