Cheese, Ham and Potato Plait

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Last night I had one of these days when I opened the fridge and found pretty much nothing to cook… Luckily, I saw a roll of puff pastry that I bought a few days before and felt relieved! I really love working with puff pastry, it is a real save-the-dinner solution! Perfect also to serve at parties.

The result was a combination of simple ingredients (potatoes, ham, and cheese) all nicely wrapped in plait shaped puff pastry!

Cheese, Ham and Potato Plait

Difficulty: Easy Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 30 mins
Servings: 6



  1. Boil two potatoes. Once cooked, mash them in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper and grated nutmeg (optional).
  2. Pre-heat oven at 180C (fan).
  3. Unroll the pastry and place on a tray covered with baking paper. Place the potato mixture down the middle of the long length of the pastry. Place the ham slices and then the cheese slices on top.
  4. With a sharp knife, cut 1cm wide strips on each side, which you can then fold over to create a "plait".
  5. Take a strip of pastry on the top left and bring it across the pastry, repeat with a strip from the top right. Work your way down the pastry until you have a plaited pattern and all the lengths of pastry have been crossed.
  6. Seal the ends and brush with a beaten egg. Sprinkle some poppy seeds (optional).
  7. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes.


Don't throw away the remaining dough. Using cookie cutters, cut the pastry into shapes and bake them for 15 minutes at 180C (fan). Put the cutters on the dough close together so that less pastry is wasted. You can fold the trimmings back on themselves and re-roll to cut out more shapes. Nothing goes to waste :)
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