These ham and cheese puff pastry tarts with apples are absolutely delicious!
They're savory, flavorful, and easy to pull together.
They take a few minutes to bake but there's minimal hands-on time.
Why You'll Love These Ham & Apple Tarts
These puff pastry tarts are a real treat! Every bite is delicious.
The combination of the ham, gruyere, apple, and mustard can't be beaten.
They've got a great depth of flavor and would work well as an appetizer or a main meal when paired with a green salad.
Ingredients for Puff Pastry Tarts
For this recipe, you'll need:
Ham - You'll use 8 ounces of sliced deli ham for this recipe.
Cheese - You'll need 3 ounces of gruyere cheese for this recipe. Gruyere is a Swiss cheese that's slightly sweet and salty. If you'd prefer you can replace this with cheddar cheese.
Puff Pastry - You'll need a sheet of puff pastry that's at least 12 to 14 ounces.
Apple - You'll need one apple for this recipe. We used a Pink Lady apple, but Honeycrisp or Braeburn would also work.
Seasonings - You'll need 2 tablespoons of stoneground mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper.
Toppings - These are optional but recommended! You can drizzle a tablespoon of honey on the tarts as well as top them with a few sprigs of thyme.
What to Serve with This Recipe
You can serve this recipe on its own as an appetizer or pair it with a simple side as a main course.
- The Easiest Green Salad - a simple salad of baby greens with a kicky mustardy dressing
- Summer Stone Fruit Salad - peak summer fruit paired with avocado for a fresh and easy salad
- The Best Butternut Squash Soup - a creamy soup with butternut squash, onion, and apple
Tips for Making this Recipe
Cooking Tips - Your puff pastry should be golden and very puffy before you remove it from the oven. If the sides of the tarts are still tan after 20 minutes of cook time, give them an extra 3 to 4 minutes to crisp up. This will ensure the pastry is flaky.
Recommended Tools - Don't skip lining the baking sheet with parchment or a silpat. This will keep the tarts from sticking and make clean-up easier.
Storing Tips - This recipe is best served fresh, but the cooked tarts can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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- 12 slices of deli ham
- 1 sheet of puff pastry
- 2 tablespoons stoneground mustard
- 3 ounces Gruyere, thinly sliced
- ½ Pink Lady or Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey
- several sprigs fresh thyme
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Roll the puff pastry to flatten any lines and then trim the edges so it's straight. Cut the pastry into six equal pieces by cutting a line down the center lengthwise and then three sections crosswise.
- Lay the pastry pieces flat on a rimmed baking sheet, lined with parchment paper. Cut a ¼ inch border around the edges, and then prick the pastries with a fork or knife several times.
- Divide the mustard evenly across the 6 pieces of pastry. With the back of a small spoon spread it to cover the pastry inside the border. Then layer on 3 slices of Gruyere cheese, 2 slices of ham, and fan out 3 to 4 slices of apple across the top.
- Brush the apples with olive oil and then sprinkle on the pinch of salt and pepper.
- Bake the pastries for 20 to 24 minutes, until they are golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and drizzle with the honey and top with thyme.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 275mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 7g