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for about 12 – 15 croissants

Ham croissants are popular fingerfood all over Switzerland. This gourmet appetizer is very easy to make and a favorite activity with children. They are just right for a casual get-together but can also be enjoyed for a light meal with a green salad as accompaniment.

0.5 lbs fine sliced Virginia ham

2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley

3 whole French-style gherkins (cornichons)

1 full tablespoon Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons heavy cream

Frozen puff pastry – unthawn according
to instructions on package

1 egg + 1 tbsp of milk

1 Preheat oven to 420 °F. Take a medium bowl. Cut ham in small dices.Chop cornichons very finely. Add the parsley, cream and mustard. Stir these ingredients together. Season with salt and pepper.

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2 Unfold the pastry and cut each sheet into 2 rectangles, then cut out triangles.  0.5 inch from the bottom transfer a teaspoon of the ham mixture. Carefully roll the triangles starting from the bottom to the top, give it a shape of croissants with your fingers. Arrange croissants on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

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3 In a small cup, whisk together milk and egg. Brush croissants with egg wash. Bake about 16 minutes until golden brown. Let the croissants cool or serve them  warm.

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