Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs


Perfectly flaky puff pastry cradles a creamy mixture of ham, cheese and spinach.  These spinach puffs are a great use for leftover ham!


These ham and cheese spinach puffs are elegant, yet incredibly easy, and a perfect use for any leftover ham you may have!  I love the crispy, flaky puff pastry mixed with the creamy mixture filled with savory diced ham, nutty Gruyere cheese, and fresh spinach!

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

So tell me… after a holiday (like Easter or Christmas), do you end up with quite a bit of leftover ham?  I know we always do!  I love a good ham sandwich, especially with my (honey balsamic mustard sauce or leftover mustard glaze from THIS ham), but after a day or two of ham sandwiches, I’m pretty much done with them and ready for something different!!

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

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That’s where these amazing ham and cheese spinach puffs come in!!  They’re the PERFECT use for leftover ham, and the creamy béchamel sauce is loaded with savory gruyere cheese and fresh spinach.  If you don’t have gruyere or can’t find it, Swiss cheese is a good replacement.

From start to finish, this should take you about 35-40 minutes (20 of which is hands off baking time), but if you’d like to speed that up even more, here are a few make ahead tips:

  • Cut up your puff pastry sheets ahead of time – just keep them sealed in a ziploc bag with parchment paper or wax paper in between each square so they don’t stick together
  • Dice up your ham and keep in the refrigerator
  • Mince you onion and keep in the refrigerator
  • Shred your cheese and keep in the refrigerator
  • Chop your spinach and keep in the refrigerator — (I think that’s the most I’ve ever typed “refrigerator”)

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

 

And just like that, you cut your prep time down to practically nothing!

I like to bake these spinach puffs on my 1/4 sheet baking sheet, and bake four per sheet (so I don’t overcrowd my pan), but if you have a big 1/2 sheet baking sheet, you might be able to fit all 8 on at once.  The recipe is easily halved if you wanted to just make 4 though 🙂

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

I have to tell you, these little puffs are amazing!  They look fancy and elegant, yet are easy to make (thanks to pre-made puff pastry and leftover ham).  But even if you don’t have any leftover ham, you can easily pick up a cooked ham steak from the grocery store and dice it up!

Feel free to experiment with other add ins or cheese options if you’d like… it’s a pretty forgiving recipe 🙂

Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

Do your tastebuds a favor and give these Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs a try soon!!  They’re a great light lunch (with a side salad) or even a nice change up for dinner alongside something hearty like my Garlic Parmesan Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes.

 


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Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com
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4.5 from 10 votes
8 servings
Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Perfectly flaky puff pastry cradles a creamy mixture of ham, cheese and spinach. These spinach puffs are a great use for leftover ham!

Calories: 528 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 2 sheets pre-made frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup cooked ham, diced (see recipe notes section below)
  • 1 1/4 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/3 cups Gruyere, shredded (Swiss cheese may be substituted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • fresh parsley, minced for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares (about 5" wide), then cover and place in refrigerator until later.

  2. Add butter to a medium saucepan and heat over MED heat.  Add onion and cook 3 minutes, until softened.  Add flour and whisk to combine until mixture looks like wet lumpy sand.  Cook about 1 minute, whisking often.

  3. Pour in milk, in thirds, whisking well to combine after each addition to ensure no lumps remain.  Continue whisking often as mixture cooks, about 5-7 minutes.  Mixture will thicken considerably and should coat the back of a spoon.

  4. Turn off heat and add ham and spinach.  Add in 1 cup of the gruyere cheese and stir to melt the cheese into the sauce.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and ground nutmeg.

  5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and place puff pastry squares on the sheet (if your baking sheet isn't large enough, 2 baking sheets may be needed).

  6. Spoon 1 1/2 Tbsp of the cream sauce mixture into the center of a puff pastry square.  Sprinkle with a bit of the remaining gruyere cheese, then fold  all four corners of the puff pastry in towards the center, but not touching.  Repeat with remaining puff pastry squares.

  7. Whisk egg with the 1 Tbsp water to make an egg wash.  Brush over the puff pastry and bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown.

  8. Serve garnished with fresh parley if desired.

Recipe Notes

* I highly recommend these puffs made with leftover Bourbon Orange Mustard Glazed ham - the flavor is incredible!!

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Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs | Ready in just over 30 minutes, these spinach puffs are made with flaky puff pastry, wrapped around a creamy mixture of ham, gruyere cheese and fresh spinach. Perfect for using leftover ham! | http://thechunkychef.com

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14 comments on “Ham and Cheese Spinach Puffs”

  1. I found these while searching for leftover ham recipes after Easter. My family LOVED them. They are already asking for me to make them again. The recipe was super easy! All of the ingredients just work so well together. And they look so fancy 🙂 A definite hit in our house!!

  2. OMG, Amanda! What elegant deliciousness! I followed the recipe to a T and they turned out absolutely PERFECT! I made them for a ladies breakfast and my friends couldn’t stop oohing and aahing over them! Thank you for the recipe and it’s definitely a keeper!

    Nazish

  3. I have to say that I can’t stop myself from discover your blog. Yummy! Yummy!

  4. Another home run! I made these this morning using up some Black Forest ham from our local butcher and Amish Swiss cheese from another local farmer. I didn’t have fresh spinach because its not at the farmer’s market yet, so for no known reason I threw in a handful of dehydrated cranberries. It actually worked and fortunately, I didn’t ruin your absolutely perfect recipe. My husband ate two (I didn’t make them very small) and took a third for his dinner at work.
    This recipe is delicious and so easy to put together. Thank you so much for another keeper – you’re a gem!

  5. These puffs look crazy good! Gorgeous photos too 🙂

  6. Oh wow! This appetizer is so gorgeous!! I’ve got to try it!

  7. I am going to crave these all day! Love your make ahead tips, by the way!

  8. Love all that cheese inside each puff!

  9. Quick, easy and absolutely delicious looking! A perfect appetizer.

  10. Dear Amanda,
    You make my stomach GROWL awkwardly in the quiet environment that I am currently in. That aside though, this recipe looks ABSOLUTELY phenomenal and I can’t wait to put it to my FACE. Quite a breathtaking pic you’ve taken too. You make food photography look easy man. You really do. XOXOXO

    • Awww thanks Stephanie!! I’ve been doing some serious stomach growling over on your site lately, those cream cheese wontons look SO freakin’ amazing 😀 I’ve finally found a good spot that gets decent lighting, even on cloudy days, which makes the food photography a little easier 🙂 xoxox

  11. These are gorgeous and would totally rock at my next party!