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Extra flaky Prosciutto Caprese Puff Pastries with Peppery Thyme Honey…so darn easy and so darn delicious. Flaky puff pastry dough stuffed with salty prosciutto, basil pesto, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese, then baked to golden perfection. Serve with a drizzle of peppery thyme honey. Simple, but SO GOOD. These pastries are a great quick-and-easy appetizer that disappears within minutes. Or serve them up as an easy weeknight dinner with a caesar salad side. 

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Here’s the deal. I haven’t a clue what everyone is doing for Easter this year because times are so strange, hard, and scary. But over here we’re going to do our best to still celebrate…in some form. My mom just might lose it here soon without some other human interaction. So I’m making it my goal to have a fun-ish Easter with “normal” (ok, semi-normal) Easter festivities.

For us, Easter usually means a simple Easter basket, and egg hunt, and dinner at home with the family. It’s nothing extravagant, but it’s always really nice. The thing is, most of the family isn’t here in Colorado, so it’s going to be different. I’m going to need to get creative on ways to make it special for my mom, so let me know what you all are doing. Anything fun? Any new “quarantined” Easter plans? Let me know, I need your help.

What I do know I can do, is make the food. No Easter is complete without a couple of good brunch recipes, some appetizers, and definitely desserts.

Yesterday I shared carrot cake, today I’m sharing an easy appetizer that also triples as brunch/lunch or even dinner if you add a bowl of soup or a simple side salad. So you see? These pastries are so versatile.

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The inspiration.

Look, we’re all in the same boat here. We’re all under quarantine, all spending a lot of time in our homes, and all looking to utilize pantry staples so that we can avoid the grocery store. I get it. Yesterday was the first time we ventured to the store in two weeks. We did a big stock up, and I hope to avoid the store for another two weeks. It’s the hardest thing, especially when running a food-based business. One to two grocery runs a day is more of the norm around here.

So yeah, it’s been an adjustment, but we gotta do it.

Which is why I created this recipe. In my fridge, I almost always have prosciutto and some form of mozzarella cheese. Either fresh mozzarella, buffalo mozzarella, or burrata cheese. In my freezer at all times, there are multiple boxes of puff pastry. I love it so much and frequently pull it out to make quick appetizers or dinner recipes when in a time crunch. And in my pantry at all times? Sun-dried tomatoes, basil pesto, and honey…always.

That’s kind of these pastries came to be. I just pulled the items I had and said to myself…work with what you got!

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Here’s how these prosciutto caprese puff pastries are made…

These are truly the easiest.

Simply stack the prosciutto, basil pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese on sheets of thawed, frozen puff pastry. Add the top pastry square, then bake until golden and perfect.

As the pastries are baking, I mix up a quick peppery honey with fresh thyme and a pinch of flaky sea salt too. Once the pastries come out of the oven, I drizzle them with honey. Anytime I use puff pastry with salty prosciutto inside, I just have to finish with a sweet drizzle of honey. It’s salty, sweet, and savory…so good!

And that’s it – DONE.

Yes, this recipe is literally that quick, easy, and simple.

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Some substitutions…

First, if you’re vegetarian, you can, of course, omit the prosciutto. While it’s delicious, the pastries are still great without.

Second, if you don’t have pesto, you could sub in fresh or dried basil. The pesto just adds a touch more flavor since it’s made with the addition of garlic.

Three, sun-dried tomatoes are pretty key, BUT truly any tomato product will work. A spoonful of canned cherry tomatoes, a teaspoon of tomato paste, or even a spoonful of jarred marinara sauce. It’s all going to work and either of these would be delicious too.

And finally, the cheese. If you don’t have mozzarella, use whatever cheese you do have. Cheese is always good, you really can’t go wrong here.

If you’re planning to make these for Easter, or even upcoming Mother’s Day, you can assemble these the night before. Then just bake before serving. I know we’re probably not having any huge gatherings, but who knows, maybe prepping the night before is your thing!

Ok, I gave lots of sub ideas! Hoping that’s helpful because I’m dying for you guys to make these. These springtime pastries have summery flavors and I kind of love that. I need a reminder that brighter days are coming.

So give these pastries a try tonight. Pastries for dinner feels like a great idea. Hope you enjoy!

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Lastly, if you make these prosciutto caprese puff pastries with peppery thyme honey, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Prosciutto Caprese Puff Pastry with Peppery Thyme Honey.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings: 9 pastries
Calories Per Serving: 706 kcal

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
    2. Lay the pastry sheets flat on a clean, floured surface. Gently roll the sheets out to stretch slightly. Cut each sheet into 9 squares. Layer 1 prosciutto slice, 1 tablespoon pesto, 2 sun-dried tomatoes, and 1 wedge of cheese on 9 of the squares, leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edges. Brush the edges with egg. Lay the remaining 9 squares over the filling and seal the edges by crimping with the back of a fork. 
    3. Place the squares on the prepared baking sheet and brush the tops with beaten egg. Make 2 small slits on the top of the pastries. Sprinkle with the remaining black pepper. Transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
    4. Meanwhile, make the honey. Combine the honey, thyme and a pinch of both salt and pepper in a glass jar.
    5. Serve warm, topped with thyme honey and basil.
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  1. 5 stars
    I had my husband make this recipe since I was doing some painting & it was great! He said it wasn’t too difficult (he’s definitely not the most adept in a kitchen!)

  2. 5 stars
    These little pastries were delicious! I did substitute a little Easter ham for the prosciutto. The flavor was there and very easy to make, however, I am definitely going to have to make again and work on the finished product. My pastries did not look nearly as good as Tieghans. What a shame! I will just keep trying.

    1. Hi Cindy! I am so glad you enjoyed these! I am sure they looked amazing, but please let me know if you have any questions on the presentation! Thank you & stay well! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    These were super simple and very quick to make. I did not add the cheese as my husband has a dairy allergy, but after one bite he literally said, “this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted.” So, looks like I will be making these again! P.S. they are just as good the next day!!

  4. 5 stars
    These are so ridiculously delicious! Wow. Thank you… I made them just as you published. Everyone loved them at the brunch table!

  5. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and they are turned out amazing. Definitely not as gorgeous as yours (I accidentally bought puff pastry shells and had to roll them out into sheets). My boyfriend asked me where I got the recipe I told him “the usual HBH” and he responded with I wonder where she gets all of these ideas. Keep up the amazing work!

  6. I noticed you mentioned freezing mozzarellas and burrata can you share how you do this and the method for thawing. Love puff pastry and it is a staple in the house here too. Im new to Colorado so baking is a whole new science.

    1. Hi Jen,
      I would recommend freezing mozzarella in an airtight container and thawing on the counter. I would not recommend freezing burrata (it’s just too good)! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hi Carly,
      Yes you could assemble ahead of time and then bake when you are ready to serve. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  7. I have everything except the prosciutto, but I do have bacon! Do you think that would work?

    Ps- I LOVE you and your recipes. I make a minimum of one (but usually more like seven) of your recipes a week! Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Cate,
      So glad you are loving the recipes! You could do bacon but I would cook it prior to using! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  8. 5 stars
    This looks delicious, but I’m going to sub some items for some pantry staples i have. Substituting the mozzarella and tomatoes for fig paste and goat cheese. Yum.

  9. Looks delicious. I do have one question. Does the prosciutto become crispy at all when baked? Thanks and can’t wait to try them

    1. Hi Chelsea,
      Yes the prosciutto gets a nice texture while baking! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  10. 5 stars
    Look delicious! We love your broccoli cheddar soup pies. Can we substitute the sundried tomatoes for anything? I’m assuming regular tomatoes would be too watery. Thanks for your great recipes!!!

    1. Hi Ferrell,
      I would recommend using a spoonful of canned cherry tomatoes or a little tomato paste. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  11. 5 stars
    Oh wow …we are going to make these today ! Thank you ….Christina & Georgiana XXX

  12. I would love to make these, they sound delicious, just the sort of food to cheer us up in these very strange times. One question though, what size are the pastry squares? New Zealand frozen pastry obviously comes in different sizes.

    1. Hi Barbara,
      I roll out the sheets a bit to make 9 squares. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan