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Friday, December 21, 2012

Farmer John Ham & Cheese Roll Ups

Farmer John Ham & Cheese Roll Ups

Part 2 in a series of "What to do with your left over Farmer John Ham".  You made a mouth watering ham for your holiday meat guests and there's some left over.  The standard Ham & Cheese sandwich is fine - but let's jack it up a notch.

Farmer John is a very popular pork processor / producer here in Southern California.  They are responsible for the very popular Dodger Dog as well as the succulent ham we devoured during our previous family dinner.  Naturally, there was some left over.  Time to put those left overs to use to make a tasty after school snack for the kids or a treat for the (very loud) kids in the garage watching football!

This extra simple recipe is great for involving the kids too!  Four basic ingredients:

  • Left over ham - about 4 slices
  • Grated Cheese - about 1 cup
  • One egg
  • Puff Pastry Sheets (2 pack)

 Dice up the slices of ham as fine as you can - it should equal about 1 cup after you chop it up.

Mix the 1 cup of diced ham up with the 1 cup of grated cheese.  I used colby-jack but there are no rules in this recipe!

Follow the directions on the Puff Pastry sheets and thaw completely.  Open up each sheet onto a lightly floured surface.

Use about half (1 cup of the mix) and lay out the mix evenly on the sheet of pastry.

Roll up the sheet with the ham and cheese inside.  Wrap the roll as tight as possible.

Make an egg wash with the one egg and 1 tablespoon of water.  Brush evenly on the outside of the rolled up pastry sheet.  

Cut each roll / log into 10 or so even pieces - about 1" thick each.

 I baked these slices up in two different devices.

This is a picture of the roll ups on the smoker.  I cooked these on the smoker at 250F for about 40 minutes.

The other half I baked in the oven at 400F for about 12 minutes.

 Some more progress on the smoker.

Here's the pieces that were cooked in the oven.  The puff pastry was nice and light - crispy and really great.  I recommend cooking this recipe in the oven unless you can get your smoker up higher in temp.
Here's near the end of the cook in the smoker.  You can see the dough is a wilted looking and the ham kind of dried out a bit.  Unless you cook these on the smoker at a higher temp, I'd stick with the oven.

A plate of tasty snacks right out of the smoker.

Bottom line - this really easy recipe was fun to do with the kids - and they devoured them in about 10 minutes.  This is a  great way to use some of that left over Farmer John Ham.  You won't be disappointed!

Note:  Farmer John supplied me with the Half Ham used in this recipe.  All other ingredients were purchased for this recipe by me.  I might have had some in my fridge. 

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