Appetizer of the Season

‘Tis the Season to be asked to “Please  bring an appetizer” for a party.  Here is a simple, savory and most requested recipe of this year.

Ham and Gruyere Mini Turnovers

 

1C                    Finely shredded Gruyere cheese (3 oz)          
4 oz                Diced cooked Ham
3 Tbsp          Half & Half
1-1/2 tsp     Dried Sage crumbled 
1 Pkg             Frozen Puff Pastry sheets THAWED
1                     Egg lightly beaten for “wash” 
Preheat oven to 400°F
Mix cheese, ham, half and half and sage.
On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 sheet of pastry to a 12 inch square.  Cut into 9 squares (3×3)
 Working one square at a time, Brush edges with egg wash
Place 1Tbsp of Cheese Mixture in middle and fold edges together to form a Triangle. 
 Press edges together with fork tines to seal and decorate.
Transfer to ungreased baking sheet and brush top with egg wash.
 
Repeat with the other 8 squares and again with sheet #2.
 
Bake 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to 375° and bake an additional 15 minutes or more until pastry is puffed and golden brown.
Serve warm.   Can serve with Dijon or Cajun Mustard as a dipping sauce.
Makes 18
 
Can be assembled up to 2 weeks in advance and frozen.  Bake FROZEN uncooked Turnovers at 300°for 10 minutes.  Then increase temp to 350° and bake for 12 more minutes until puffed and golden brown.

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