Amanda Wilbanks
Southern Baked Pie

Braided Ham and Swiss Pastry

“This dish is inspired by my mom’s ham, Swiss, and Dijon petite sandwiches. Every time my mom hosted a shower, which was often in the South, as we shower everything, she would make the sandwiches. It was all I could do to refrain from eating almost all of them. This is my version of a classic favorite with a beautiful new twist. It looks every bit as elegant and sophisticated at a baby or wedding shower as it does at Mother’s Day brunch. Yet, it’s so beautiful no one will realize it only took a few minutes to assemble.”

Braided Ham and Swiss Pastry

Braided Ham & Swiss Pastry

Amanda Wilbanks
Try this version of a classic favorite with a beautiful new twist!
5 from 1 vote
Course Main
Cuisine Southern
Servings 8


  • 4 tablespoons 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 pound grated Swiss cheese
  • Pie dough
  • 1/2 pound baked ham shredded
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place a wire rack inside a half sheet pan.
  • Combine the butter, cream cheese, onion, mustard, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, Worcestershire
  • sauce, and Swiss cheese in a bowl.
  • Roll out dough to a 12-inch circle. Place dough on a piece of parchment paper cut to the same size as the sheet pan. Leaving a 4-inch-wide space down the center of the dough for the filling, cut even
  • strips on both sides, from the center out. Arrange the ham in the center of the dough and spoon
  • cheese mixture on top of ham. Crisscross the strips over the filling.
  • Brush the top of the pastry with
  • cream and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Slide parchment with pastry onto the wire rack.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for 30–35 minutes, or until golden brown. Slice and serve immediately.
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