Savory ham and cheese pastry spiral: follow the curves to Nirvana

Meet the savory answer to the cinnamon roll. There's not only a melty, cheesy reward at the end of this spiral, preparing it is almost like having permission to play with your food! Get ready to roll, swirl, and brush your way to a happy stomach! 

You will need:

  • 2 rolls of ready-made puff pastry dough
  • 4 slices of ham, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 13 oz mozzarella in slices
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds

Here's how:

  1. With the puff pastry dough still in rolls, cut in half, leaving you with four equal-sized rolls. Now you can unfurl the dough.
  2. Lay out the ingredients on each dough strip in the following order: two half ham slices, slices of mozzarella, and tomatoes. Then sprinkle with oregano, salt and pepper. 
  3. Brush three sides of the strips (omitting one long side) with egg and fold the uncoated side to the middle. Then fold the other egg-coated long side over it, sealing it shut. Repeat with the remaining three strips.
  4. On a baking sheet, roll the dough "snakes" into a spiral, adding one piece after the other. Brush the completed spiral with egg and sprinkle with poppy seeds.
  5. Bake at 355°F for 45 minutes.

To serve, cut a pie-shaped slice and revel in your creation! If a different set of ingredients is more your style, feel free to mix things up. With a spinach and feta filling, you could make a giant spanakopita pie. Just maybe leave out the cinnamon... that's a swirly delight for another day. Enjoy!


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