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Cheese and Prosciutto Twists

February 2, 2018 (Last Updated: July 1, 2020) by Chris Collins

Cheese and Prosciutto Twists are the PERFECT sharing appetizer! So easy to make and even more delicious to snack on, these twists are going to make your next game day feast one to remember!

You guys, if you could smell my kitchen right now you’d probably just keel over and die (from happiness and rainbows, obv). The sweet scent of crispy cheese, prosciutto and fresh out the oven pastry is still lingering around the house as I write this post and honestly – without sounding too much like a Kardashian cloned averagely famous instagram gal who lives off brand deals and coconut water – I can’t even.

cheese prosciutto twists in basket on wooden block

The Ultimate Puff Pastry Twists

Sure, cheese twists are great, but stick a bit of prosciutto in there? Heaven. Here’s why you’re gonna love these beauties:

  • Few ingredients – at its most basic, all you need is 3 ingredients.
  • Quick –  minimal prep, easy to make and done in 30mins.
  • Delicious – most importantly these are insanely tasty!

They’re also perfect for literally any occasion. Great as an appetizer or starter, even better for feeding a crowd for game day!

closeup shot of crispy prosciutto on twist fresh out the oven

Prosciutto and Cheese Twists

If you’re Italian maybe look away. I’ve heard it’s a sin to serve crispy prosciutto. Everybody else, let’s just appreciate a close up of said crispy prosciutto, lying on a bed of even crispier cheese, wrapped in warm puff pastry. UGH! So much yum.

So some of you might actually be wondering what prosciutto is. It’s also commonly known as ‘Parma-Ham’. Essentially it’s a thinly sliced Italian dry-cured ham. The fact it is thinly sliced and can be eaten uncooked makes it perfect for these twists. Trying to roll up thick wedges of ham isn’t fun. Also messing about with meat that needs to be cooked, not for me.

Can I use regular ham instead?

You can sub ham as long as it’s thin. Also I recommend patting the slices dry with a paper towel if they’re notably (sorry for this word) moist. You don’t want to make the pastry soggy at all.

Easiest way to make Cheese Twists

  1. Build the layers – Simply top your puff pastry with finely grated cheddar, then your prosciutto and finish with a dusting of black pepper and oregano. Push down to compact the cheese.
  2. Slice and twist – After just run a knife about making about 1″ gaps, then twist a couple of times.
  3. Brush and bake – Grab some egg wash and give them a little paint, then pop them in the oven until golden and crispy!

How to make cheese and prosciutto twists - 6 step by step photos

What cheese to use?

I’m usually a sucker for a strong mature cheddar, but because the prosciutto is so salty here, I find a medium or mild cheddar works best. In all cases you want to make sure the cheese is finely grated. This will ensure you can squish it down to make it flat and make the ‘twisting’ easier, without the cheese falling everywhere.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Yep! Just allow to completely cool then store in the fridge or freezer. Bake at a low temp for a few mins to reheat!

dunking cheese twist into small pot of sour cream dip with bowl of twists blurred in background

Serving Prosciutto Twists

Like I mentioned earlier, these are the perfect game day snack. Besides the fact they’re delicious, they’re ideal because you can make in bulk and serve hot or cold. There’s nothing worse than putting a spread out and worrying about stuff going cold. These twists taste just as delicious cold as they do fresh out the oven!

On one condition though – dip must be present. (dip does not have to be present I just enjoy the extra calories). Here I use sour cream and chive dip but do check out all of my delicious dips for more inspo!

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Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these prosciutto puff pastry twists shall we?!

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How to make Cheese and Prosciutto Twists (Full Recipe & Video)

row of cheese and prosciutto twists on black tray fresh out the oven

Cheese and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Twists

Cheese and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Twists are the PERFECT appetizer to share! So easy to make and even more delicious to snack on!
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Course: Appetizer / Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 10 Twists
Calories: 287kcal
Cost per serving: 50p / 50c

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray
  • Parchment/Greaseproof Paper
  • Small Pot and Brush (for egg wash)
  • Fine Cheese Grater
  • Sharp Knife

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1 sheet of Pre Rolled Puff Pastry (see notes)
  • 4-5 slices Prosciutto/Parma Ham (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 cups / 150g Cheddar, finely grated (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Egg, beaten (for egg wash)
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  • Unroll your pastry and place straight onto a baking sheet in a suitably sized oven tray.
  • Evenly space out your cheese and push down with your hands to flatten. Sprinkle with oregano and black pepper, then evenly space out your slices of prosciutto. You might need to cut a piece in half/quarter to fit perfectly.
  • Take a sharp knife and cut into 1 inch strips. Space out the strips then twist a couple of times. Important to give your twists space in the oven else they will stick together!
  • Brush the visible parts of pastry with egg wash, then pop in the oven for 15-20 mins or until golden and crispy. If they start to char too quickly then lower the heat.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Size - Different brands of pre made puff pastry will come in different sizes, some square some rectangular etc.The size of pastry I use is 14"x9" (35.5cmx22cm). The weight is 320g/11.3oz, so if you are buying puff pastry that is not pre rolled (i.e a slab of pastry) make sure you are using that much weight and roll out to the dimensions above. Having said that as long as you fully cover the surface with your ingredients, cut into 1 inch strips and make sure they are spaced out on the tray, it really doesn't matter what length they are.
b) Prosciutto - Prosciutto is great because it's so thin, so ends up going nice and crispy without releasing too much moisture. You can use regular ham so long as it's thin (needs to be durable so you can make the twists). 
c) Baking Sheet - You'll find that many pastries actually come wrapped in a sheet which 99% of the time is suitable to bake. Just check the instructions to make sure.
d) Salt - You'll have twigged on to the fact I add no salt throughout the recipe. That is indeed because prosciutto is already incredibly salty. I actually find that using a mild cheddar instead of a sharp cheddar also reduces the salty taste if that's something you're not a fan of.
e) Serving - I usually serve these as a starter with a dip, or just casual appetizer/finger food. Also great for game day!
f) Can I make these ahead of time? - Yep! Just allow them to cool then pop in the fridge or freezer (try and space out if freezing or they'll stick together). Then warm up in the oven at 180C/356F for a few mins until hot and puffy again.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Cheese and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Twists
Amount Per Serving
Calories 287 Calories from Fat 179
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.93g31%
Saturated Fat 6.975g35%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.026g
Monounsaturated Fat 9.274g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 469mg20%
Potassium 114mg3%
Carbohydrates 15.01g5%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.57g1%
Protein 11.86g24%
Vitamin A 221IU4%
Calcium 124mg12%
Iron 1.32mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Hayley | The Simple Supper
    March 30, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    5 stars
    I am geniunely laughing so hard at this post right now. I can’t even focus on the delicious looking photos because your humor is so, as the coconut water insta girls say, on point.

    I am staying tuned for more of this recipes and jokes.

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 31, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Haha, I just can’t control the word vomit sometimes! I’m glad someone appreciates my acquired sense of humour!!

  • Reply
    sue | theviewfromgreatisland
    February 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    These are seriously brilliant, I’m always looking for new ways to use refrigerated dough, my favorite convenience food! These would be perfect for today’s big game!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      The perfect convenience food! So glad you agree! 🙂

  • Reply
    Deanna
    February 4, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    5 stars
    Wow!! I love easy!!! This looks great!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 4, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks, Deanna! So incredibly easy!

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    February 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! Looks seriously Scrumptious and so Easy! What’s not the love? Can’t wait to try!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Enjoy, Jennifer!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    February 4, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    5 stars
    I do not even care if it’s a sin. These sound delicious. I always have puff pastry laying around in my freezer too. You never know when you’ll need it! And it can be used for so many things. I’m def going to have to make these, they sound awesome.

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 4, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Danielle! Enjoy!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    February 4, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    5 stars
    So much to love about these!!! First of all they are so easy and second – crispy proscuitto and cheese!! I’m not Italian so I adore it crispy!

    • Reply
      Chris
      February 4, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks, Pam! Crispy for the win!! 🙂

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