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A terrific 5-ingredient lunch or dinnertime solution! These yummy, easy Cheesy Ham and Apple Hand Pies are a crowd and kid-pleaser! Perfect for meals on the go or a quick snack.
Easy Cheesy Ham And Apple Hand Pies – My New Five Ingredient Fav
Even if you love to cook as much as I do, easy recipes can have a lot of appeal. Because I don’t care who you are – nobody has time, energy, or motivation to do all of the things on all of the days.
On days that like, simple recipes with just a few ingredients can be a lifesaver. And I’ve got several of those types of recipes in my culinary arsenal.
That last one was inspired by a recipe I found in Jamie Oliver’s 5-Ingredient Cookbook, which I just love. It’s proof positive that even simple, easy-to-make recipes can be really tasty.
If you need further proof, look no further than my recipe for 5-ingredient cheesy Ham and Apple Hand Pies. They’re simple to make and simply delicious.
In fact, it has quickly become my (and my husband’s) new 5-ingredient favorite. I think your family will love it just as much as we do!
What Do You Need To Make My Easy Cheesy Ham And Apple Hand Pies?
As the name implies, all you’ll need to make these yummy hand pies are five simple ingredients…
- Jumbo or “Grand” refrigerated biscuits
My original inspiration for this recipe was our leftover Easter ham. Though I’d already used some to make a pot of Hearty Ham and White Bean Soup, and Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese we still had quite a lot that needed to be used up.
While I was driving to the store, I started thinking about what might taste good with the ham. Since cheese tastes terrific with ham, and apples taste great with cheese, I knew this would be a good combination. Adding sliced scallions would give the flavors a little more dimension and would look pretty too.
All I needed after that was the pie part.
With my new book coming out in a few weeks, I wasn’t up for making pie crust from scratch. I’m just too busy right now!
Initially, I planned to buy a premade pie crust and cut out some big circles of dough. But when I spotted a can of jumbo-sized, take-and-bake biscuits in the refrigerator case, I thought they might be perfect for my hand pies.
I was right!
How To Make 5-Ingredient Easy Cheesy Ham And Apple Hand Pies
These yummy hand pies are so quick and easy that I’m planning to make some with my grand darlings next time they come over. They’d be a great adult-child cooking project, especially since the end product is very kid-friendly!
For the filling, all you’ll need to do is dice the ham, slice the scallions, peel and chop the apple, and mix them together with shredded cheese.
I used sharp cheddar, but Monterrey Jack, Colby, or Swiss could be good too. If you’re feeding grownups, even a pepper jack could be tasty. I think Granny Smith apples are the way to go here; that sweet and tart combo is so good with the mellow flavor of the cheese. But you could substitute other varieties of apples if need be.
Making the “pie” is just a matter of rolling the refrigerated biscuit dough out so it’s big enough to hold a nice amount of filling. Rolling the dough into a six-inch diameter circle is perfect.
You can sprinkle on a little flour and roll out the biscuits with a rolling pin ( I don’t count flour as one of the 5 ingredients) but you could also simply stretch them out. Since the biscuits are circular to begin with, it’s pretty easy. And the jumbo-sized biscuits have plenty of give, so you shouldn’t end up with any breakthrough when baking your hand pies.
Once the dough is rolled out, put about a ¼ cup of the filling in the center. Fold the dough into a half circle and squish the edges of the dough together with your fingers, then press the tines of a fork along the edge to make sure it is well-sealed and looks nice.
After that, all you’ll need to do is bake and enjoy!
These scrumptious, satisfying hand pies are great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. And though we love to eat them warm from the oven, they’re also good cold for a grab-and-go meal or snack.
The recipe makes eight hand pies. Store any extra covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. They can be eaten cold or reheated.
Give these easy cheesy Ham and Apple Hand Pies a try soon! Your family will thank you!Print
- 6 oz. cooked ham, ¼ inch diced
- 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and ¼ inch diced (about 1 cup of diced apple)
- 4 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese (1 cup)
- 4 scallions, white and pale green parts, thinly sliced
- 1 can of Jumbo or sized unbaked refrigerator biscuits (Pillsbury “Grands” or similar, 8 biscuits in can)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Combine diced ham, apple, shredded cheese, and sliced scallions in to a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
- Remove the biscuits from the can. Place a biscuit on a floured surface and roll into a circle that is six-inches in diameter. Place about a quarter cup of the ham mixture onto the rolled-out dough. Fold the dough over the filling, stretching and pinching the dough edges together with your finger, leaving a border of dough. Press the tines of a fork around the dough border, sealing the dough. Repeat with the remaining seven biscuits and the rest of the filling.
- Place the unbaked hand pies onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the crust is beginning to turn golden brown.
- Remove tray from oven and let the hand pies cool somewhat before eating (take care as the filling will be hot!) Leftover hand pies can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Can be reheated or eaten cold.