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Fast Easy Ham & Pastry Bites - the perfect ham appetizer recipe

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

Puff pastry ham appetizers on a cooking tray

If you’re looking for a simple hors d’oeuvres or appetizer recipe guaranteed to impress your guests, then these Ham and Pastry Bites are ideal.

With only two ingredients and easy assembly, you’ll find that this ham appetizer recipe will quickly become a great addition to any finger food menu. Also, this is a very host-friendly recipe: it can be put together without requiring any thought or concentration and is not at all messy to prepare. Guests are certain to gravitate to these mouth-watering morsels no matter what else you have on offer.

These Ham and Pastry Bites are ideal when served hot, although taste just fine at room temperature too. When planning any finger food or hors d’oeuvres menu you will always want at least one hot food, so make this one your pick. Why do you always need a hot food? Because you will quickly run out of storage space in the fridge if you are only serving cold hors d’oeuvres at your party. If you’d like to make this puff pastry ham appetizer ahead of time – an hour or two before the party starts, for example – simply follow the make-ahead directions below the recipe. This is the best ham appetizer I have ever made.


  • Very tasty; guests will be impressed
  • No thought required to put together this ham pastry puffs recipe - fast and easy to make
  • Only 2 ingredients required, neither of which occupies much storage space
  • These bites may be served in any way desired: laid flat in individual arrays or simply all piled up on a serving plate (unlike for example topped crackers which can only be set out individually)
  • Can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead of time. Make-ahead instructions are shown below recipe.
  • So cheap! You can make a tray of these for a fraction of the cost of your other appetizers, yet looks and tastes amazing. An ideal way to serve ham as an appetizer
  • Easy clean-up; does not mess up your oven trays
  • Instant visual appeal to everyone, including picky eaters and children who may be hesitant to try some of the more exotic-looking fare at hors d’oeuvres functions


  • 2 tube cans of reduced fat crescent-style dinner rolls (I use Kroger brand)
  • 4 oz sliced ham (ordinary sandwich ham), cut into 1 - 2 inch squares


  1. Open cans of crescent-style rolls and carefully unroll dough flat onto cutting board.
  2. For each set of dough, move the dough slightly to create 2 almost square halves, pushing together the seams of each half to keep it from separating when cooking.
  3. Sprinkle one half of the dough lightly and evenly with half of the chopped ham.
  4. Take the remaining half of the dough and place it on top of the ham. Then cut the resultant "sandwich" into 16 pieces by making 4 rows and 4 columns.
  5. Repeat the previous steps for other can and the remainder of the ham.
  6. Set out pieces on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 F for 11 - 13 mins.

Serves 8 people with 4 pieces each

Optional make-ahead instructions

If desired, make up to 2 hours ahead as follows. Prepare and cook the Ham & Pastry Bites as instructed. Remove from oven but leave on the cook trays. Turn off oven and close door. About 10 minutes before serving, put the trays of cooked Ham & Pastry Bites back in the oven for 3 – 5 minutes to warm up. If oven cooled completely then turn it to low heat before putting them back in to re-heat.

As mentioned above, these are best served warm which is why these make ahead instructions suggest reheating, but if you're not especially seeking hot ham appetizers then you can certainly serve these at room temperature.


Although the the appetizer recipe specifies regular sliced deli ham, it's even better with specialty ham. If you're looking to make leftover holiday ham appetizers, this one is perfect.

If you're hosting an event, you might also like to check out our advice on how to handle it easily when party guests show up early.

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