These ham and cheese foldovers are incredibly easy to make. They are ham and cheese croissant-type sandwiches that make an elegant lunch or easy snack.
We were waiting in line at Starbucks when my son pointed out their fancy looking Ham and Cheese Foldovers. I don’t remember the price, and we didn’t buy one, so I don’t know what theirs tasted like, but I knew I could make it at home. At our next stop I bought a package of puff pastry as well as some ham and swiss cheese. A few days later, I gave it a try.
Yippee! Super simple to make, delicious to eat. Plus, it feels a little fancy to be eating puff pastry for lunch. We will ignore its nutritional value for a time. A little treat every once in awhile boosts the morale.
There are a lot of very French elements in this recipe, but I can’t say that I’ve ever had anything like this in France. However, I found this video on YouTube, so my conclusion is ca existe en France. Oh la la! It’s a thing, obviously.
Starbucks uses a béchamel sauce in theirs. The lady in the video uses mustard and creme fraiche. I’m good with plain old ham an cheese.
Obviously, you can mix and match the filling however you like. Turkey and Brie would be nice as would cheese and pepperoni. I mean, really, what wouldn’t taste good wrapped up in puff pastry. In France, they serve cow brains in puff pastry, so I think the sky’s the limit.
I’m currently on a mission to find puff pastry for a cheap price. Making it yourself takes away the easy factor. The lowest I can find is $4 for a 17.5 ounce package. That makes eight of these sandwiches. The cost probably comes to about $1 a piece, after you factor in the ham, cheese, and egg. It’s not a bad price, but I’d like to get it lower. With a salad on the side, you’ve got a pretty decent lunch. But, I’m pretty sure that the men in the family could eat two of these, so let’s bulk buy the pastry, eh?
I hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Bon appetit!
- 1 17.5-oz package frozen puff pastry thawed
- 8 oz sliced ham , such as Black Forest
- 4 oz swiss cheese slices cut in half
- 1 egg beaten mixed with one tablespoon water
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Lay out a sheet of puff pastry on one of the prepared baking sheets. Cut the pastry into four squares. Repeat with the other sheet of puff pastry on the other baking sheet. You should have eight squares. Spread them out evenly on the trays.
- Divide the ham slices among the eight pieces of pastry, laying the ham diagonally across the middle of the pastry, covering two corners. Place half a slice of cheese atop each portion of ham.
- Fold over the uncovered corners of pastry, brushing them with a bit of beaten egg to help them glue together. Brush the exposed pastry with the egg.
- Bake the foldovers until golden and puffy, about 15 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutritional values are approximate and are based on 8 foldovers. Refrigerate leftovers promptly and use within 4 days.