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20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts

These fast and easy 20 minute ham and cheese tarts are the adult version of a grilled cheese and just as easy! 20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts -

Is it still okay for a grown woman of 28 to be missing The Office on TV when it quit airing like, what, two years ago? It was the first show Ben and I commited to watching together when we first started dating – or maybe I should say, it was the first show he forced me to watch by pinning me down and taking my eyes off of my hands when I tried to cover my eyes from the awkwardness that was Michael Scott.

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts - Elegant like a tart, but easy like a grilled cheese! And it makes a bunch all at one time!

Every once in a while I find myself missing it, the awkwardness, Jim and Pam, and well Stanley Hudson. One of the big running jokes between my friends and I is that Ben is “Old Man Keno” and he can fall into his crotchety old man ways when he runs out of fiber cereal and I throw a monkey wrench into his daily routine. So, ya know often.

But as we sat down eating our ham and cheese tarts, watching our latest marathon of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman that included Brian’s dog Pup getting rabies, Ben found the most perfect moment to drop a line of Stanley Hudson…

No, rabies! Not BABIES. Can I put you down for a dime?”.

And I LOST it. Apparently it was the funniest thing ever. Of course the overly emotional 90’s TV show with a kid losing his dog to rabies was a serious case of All The Feels, and Ben thought that was the most opportune moment to reference The Office. Appropriate. And I am going to hell for laughing at a kid who’s dog had to die.

In other more important news!!

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts - Elegant like a tart, but easy like a grilled cheese! And it makes a bunch all at one time!

When it’s the middle of winter, I’m dreaming of summer. When it’s summer, I start dreaming of winter and cozy foods. This recipe seems totally backwards since we are finally getting 70 degree days – but sometimes, no wait, all the time, tomato soup and grilled cheese sounds like the perfect meal!! If you ever meet anyone that says “Nah, grilled cheese and tomato soup sounds awful”, feel free to remove them from your friendship circle immediately and drop the  “It’s not me, it’s you.” It’s just better this way.

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts - Elegant like a tart, but easy like a grilled cheese! And it makes a bunch all at one time!

Go and enjoy the heck out of those cozy foods and don’t listen to the haters. They’re just jealous they can’t feast on these awesome tarts like you can. Only share if they promise to repent for their grilled cheese and tomato soup hating ways.

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts - Elegant like a tart, but easy like a grilled cheese! And it makes a bunch all at one time!

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts

Yield: 12 Tarts

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 30 Minutes

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2 Sheets Puff Pastry, thawed

1/2 cup Flour, for dusting

1 Egg

2 Tbsp Water

2 cups Shredded Cheese

1/2 pound Black Forest Ham Deli Meat, thinly sliced

2 Tomatos, thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 cup Wilted Spinach (optional)


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.

On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12x9" rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½" strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4x4 ½" pieces. Repeat with second puff pastry sheet.

With a knife, score ½" border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising.

Sprinkle shredded cheese in the middle of each tart. Sprinkle ham over the top of the cheese. If using tomato and spinach, add those on prior to topping with ham.

In a small dish or cup, whisk together the egg and water. Using a pastry brush - brush the edges of the puff pastry with the mixture. This will help the edges turn golden brown and crispy.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts


32 Responses to “20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts”

  1. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — June 2, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    I need more 20 minute recipes in my life! Ham and cheese? Yes, please!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — June 2, 2014 @ 6:46 am

    These look WAY better than the traditional grilled cheese sandwich! I love this idea.

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    Sheila — June 2, 2014 @ 7:35 am

    Gorg-ous! I love cozy comfort foods in the summer as well as the winter! And bahahah on the Dr. Quin medicine woman. I totally forgot about that show!

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — June 2, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    These look amazing!! Would you be able to freeze these for a quick breakfast?

    I would love to make a spinach and tomato version of this as well. I’ll have to pick up some pastry sheets next time I’m at the grocery store.

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    Ashley — June 2, 2014 @ 8:17 am

    These are beautiful!! Such gorgeous photos!

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — June 2, 2014 @ 8:37 am

    Sounds perfect!

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    Matt Robinson — June 2, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    I can live on tarts, especially ones like these. So incredibly great!!!

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    naomi — June 2, 2014 @ 9:13 am

    Weather is never a factor for grilled cheese and tomato soup. I love your tart version–great idea!

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    Claire Gallam — June 2, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    I miss it too!! When E and I just graduated and he was living in a pool house (true story), and we didn’t have cable, we watched the office on netflix because that’s all we had access to!

    So, I totally miss it too!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — June 2, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    I absolutely love a good soup during the summer even when its a scorching 102 degrees outside. This sammies are perfect and would go perfectly with any ole’ soup recipe.

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    Jennifer Farley — June 2, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    Prettiest ham and cheese treat ever!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — June 2, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    tomato soup and grilled cheese (in any form at all!) is welcomed year round here. These look so good Megan!

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    Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch — June 2, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    Oh my gosh I’m so glad I’m not the only one with Tomato Soup on my mind… It must be a PNW thing.. I love your little ham and cheese tarts they look amazing!

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    Kate @ Diethood — June 2, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    Now that’s a grilled cheese I’d LOVE to have! Genius!!

    I miss The Office, too!!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — June 2, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    These tarts have rendered me speechless. All I can think is, “OMNOMNOMNOM.”

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — June 2, 2014 @ 4:08 pm

    Who cares if it’s 90 degrees out, I could gobble up those tarts and tomato soup in a heartbeat!

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    Molly @Doughvelopment — June 2, 2014 @ 6:13 pm

    I think I could eat this meal everyday! Saving this recipe for the next rainy day!

  18. #
    Gaby — June 2, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    I want this now, totally over the top deliciousness!

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    Tieghan — June 2, 2014 @ 8:39 pm

    Um, I would eat this in sunny weather, snowy weather, rainy weather and just all weather! It is awesome!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — June 3, 2014 @ 10:14 am

    I miss The Office all the time! It’s still my show-of-choice on sick day. If I have a really bad flu, I can easily pound through a season. 🙂 I am in total agreement with you regarding grilled cheese and tomato soup. It is most definitely year round food. And your photos are gorgeous!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — June 3, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    I freaking love all of your Ben stories (fiber cereal??? Seriously, we married the same person). Also, I’m totally all over these pretty and simple tarts. Cheesy comfort and flakey crust is 100% necessary all year round.

    • Megan replied: — June 3rd, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

      MY GOSH – they are doppelgangers!! hahah Fiber cereal weirdos!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — June 3, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I feel out of it. I watch almost zip TV. Now if we were talking movies. That would be different. I think this meal in multi-seasonal. Especially from a kids point of view. Since we all have an inner child, well there your go, this is universally all ages appealing. Seriously the tarts look AWESOME

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    Brooks — June 3, 2014 @ 8:05 pm

    I missed the entire ‘The Office’ series on TV. Not by intention, of course, it’s just the way it was. But these tarts are definitely on my radar. And the soup. Year ’round!

  24. #
    bev @ bevcooks — June 16, 2014 @ 7:50 am

    Heck yes times infinity.

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    Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens — February 18, 2016 @ 1:02 pm

    Haha – we loved The Office, too! Classic that you still find ways to work it into conversation! But, anyway … this awesome idea for grown-up, schwanky grilled cheese! Fabulous! So pretty, too! And I especially like the ideas for the optional tomato and spinach toppings – I’d totally add those!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — February 18, 2016 @ 2:17 pm

    I’d be dunking away in that soup- these look YUMMY.

  27. #
    Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie — February 18, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

    Great little pizza replacements

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 18, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

    Forget the plain grilled cheese. I want these babies with my tomato soup! Gorgeous! 

  29. #
    Joanie @ Zagleft — February 18, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

    I would love these with soup or with anything, really -they look fantastic!

  30. #
    Kristyn — February 19, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

    These look so great! They’re almost like grown-up grilled cheese sandwhiches 😉

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    Katerina @ Diethood — February 22, 2016 @ 10:18 am

    Daaaang! These look SO good. I made something similar this year for a superbowl party, but I really love this puff pastry deal a whole lot more! 

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