ham + cheese + spinach + leek hand pies

ham and cheese hand pie

I made a seven pound ham for us last weekend.

needless to say, that was a bit too much ham for two people, even if I’ve been nibbling at the leftovers by eating scalloped potatoes with ham bits for breakfast (best. breakfast. ever.)

I made these hand pies today to deal with some of the leftovers. I’ll be making a broccoli/ham pottage with the rest, so stay tuned for that recipe.

makes 8 pies that are great for carry-away breakfasts/lunches or snacks to share with a friend. not light. this is not diet food.

what you need:

  • 1.5 c cooked smoked ham, diced
  • 1.5 c leek greens, chopped
  • 4 cups spinach, chopped
  • 4 cups cheese, grated (my recommendations are cheddar, Monterrey jack, Swiss, Gouda, some combination thereof)
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 pkg puff pastry

what you do:

  1. mix all of the above, except the puff pastry, in a large bowl.
  2. preheat oven to 400.
  3. line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. roll out puff pastry into 10 x 10 inch sheets (1 package should give you two sheets).
  5. cut sheets in half, so they’re 5 x 10 inches.
  6. place a good handful of the ham/cheese/leek/spinach mixture on half of a strip.
  7. fold the “nude” part of the strip over to cover the filling and seal the side edges.
  8. add a little more filling through the unsealed edge.
  9. seal the edge that has not yet been sealed.
  10. place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  11. repeat seven more times until you have 8 pies.
  12. bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.
  13. let rest a good 10 minutes before serving.



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