Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jack-o-Lantern Sandwich Bits

These golden ham and cheese nibbles are way easier than carving a gourd. Just use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter for store-bought pie crust, ham and cheese slices, layer and bake!

Recipe Ingredients

    • 1 box (15 oz) refrigerated pie crusts
    • 8 oz thinly sliced Black Forest or Virginia ham
    • 8 oz thinly sliced Cheddar or Swiss cheese
    • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Recipe Preparation

    1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil. 
    2. Unroll pie crusts. Cut each crust into 24 pumpkin shapes with a 3-in. pumpkin cookie cutter. Using a 1⁄2-in. triangular cookie (aspic) cutter or a sharp knife, cut out eyes and a nose from 12 of the cutouts. 
    3. Using a 2-in. round cutter, cut 24 rounds from the sliced ham and 24 rounds from the sliced Cheddar. 
    4. Place 2 slices Cheddar in the center of each of the 12 solid pumpkins; top each with 2 slices of ham. With a small brush, brush beaten egg around edges. Top with remaining pumpkins with cut-out faces, carefully pressing on edges to seal. 
    5.Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until light golden. Let cool on rack 5 minutes before serving.

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