Ham and Cheese Pockets Recipe

Nancy Piran | The Bitter Side of Sweet

Ham and Cheese Pockets have warm ham and cheese surrounded by a buttery puff pastry. You won't believe how good these are!

When I was growing up there were six kids in the house! Yes six!

I ate a lot of sandwiches in my childhood, like peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese, but I also ate a lot of those hot pockets as well.

I loved them! Even going into my young adult life I would eat them a lot.

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Well because of my love for them I decided to figure out how to make them at home! It is super easy to make them with puff pastry.

Now that the holidays have passed we are getting back into the groove of school. My kids pack their lunches everyday so we are always looking for new dishes to put into their lunch boxes.

They love eating sandwiches but I have the desire to give them variety every now and then.

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That is where these ham and cheese pockets come into play. Over Christmas vacation I decided to make the kids these pockets to test them out and see if they liked them.

Well they LOVED them! In fact one was not enough, they asked for seconds.

What is even better about these pockets is that you could basically add anything inside of them to make different flavors.

I went with ham and cheese but I think my next would be chicken and broccoli. Boy doesn’t that sound good!

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When making these hot pockets I didn’t add tomato sauce the first time around. The second time around I did add it.

I thought they tasted better with the tomato sauce so that is what I am going with here.

I made sure I poked holes in the tops of them to help some of the air escape during the cooking process. Also the puff pastry doesn’t have to be complete thawed when you make them.

Just defrost for about 20 minutes before you make them! Again so easy to make and definitely worth it! Tell me, what flavors would you make?

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Ham and Cheese Pockets Recipe

    6 Servings


  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry
  • 12 slices Smoked Ham
  • 3 slices Smoked Gouda
  • 6 tablespoons Tomato Sauce, Optional
  • 2 tablespoons Butter, Melted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Allow puff pastry to come to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Unfold on floured surface. Lightly roll. Cut into 6 rectangles.
  3. Cut each gouda slice into 4 squares.
  4. If using tomato sauce spread 1 tablespoon on each pastry. Top with 2 squares of gouda. Then top with 2 slices of ham.
  5. Fold up bottom, then top, then fold over the sides one on top of the other and press to close.
  6. Fill pastry. Poke holes in top and place on baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until pockets are golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool for 2 minutes and ENJOY!


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Author: Nancy Piran
Recipe Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 161
Calories 289

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 466mg
Total Carbohydrate 16g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 1g
Protein 14g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Nancy Piran

About Nancy

Nancy has been writing about good food on The Bitter Side of Sweet for years now. We're pretty stoked that she's our Puff Pastry fanatic, because it's about to get deliciously epic.

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