Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes

December 19, 2023

This Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes recipe turns puff pastry into a delicious holiday appetizer filled with sundried tomato pesto, mozzarella, and prosciutto.

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Flat lay photo of Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes on serving dish. Pine cones and fresh rosemary sit around the plate.

Puff pastry has totally had a moment this year!  We’ve seen it go viral in upside down recipes and so many other tasty creations.  So I’m wrapping up the year with one last puff pastry recipe that’s perfect for holiday entertaining.  It’s kind of similar to the Puff Pastry Magic Wands I made for Halloween, but with a fun, Christmas twist!

The keyword is “twist.”  We’re making this puff pastry recipe with sundried tomato pesto, mozzarella cheese, and prosciutto, then twisting the pastry into candy cane shapes.  These savory puff pastry candy canes are a delicious appetizer to serve during your holiday festivities!

Top view of Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes on serving plate. Fresh rosemary in background.

The pastry is spread with sundried tomato pesto – the same ingredients as basil pesto, but with sundried tomatoes instead of fresh basil.  After we spread the pesto, shredded mozzarella and sliced prosciutto go on top.  Then, wrap it all up, cut into strips, and twist into candy cane shapes before baking.

Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes

If you’re looking for an easy appetizer to serve during your holiday gathering, these puff pastry candy canes are festive and pretty easy to make!  Need to whip up a large batch for a crowd?  It’s easy to multiply, as well.

Sliced prosciutto, shredded mozzarella, and sundried tomato pesto on puff pastry dough sheet.

To start these puff pastry candy canes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Roll out the puff pastry sheet into a big rectangle. Then, brush half of the pastry with the sundried tomato pesto. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top. Then, add the prosciutto slices, slightly layering them.

Puff pastry dough filled with sundried tomato pesto, mozzarella cheese, and prosciutto and twisted into candy cane shapes.

Now we’re going to fold the empty side of the pastry onto the other half. Use a pizza cutter to cut the pastry into strips. Beginning at one end, twist the pastry.

Place the pastry twists onto the baking sheet and form into candy cane shapes. Brush with egg wash.

Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes on serving dish with pine cones and fresh rosemary around plate.

Bake the puff pastry candy canes for 18-20 minutes, or until they’re golden brown and crispy. Serve warm.

Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes

Yield: 8

Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomato pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 2 slices prosciutto
  • Egg wash

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Roll out puff pastry sheet. Then, brush half with sundried tomato pesto.
  3. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella on top and add proscuitto, layering slices.
  4. Fold empty side of pastry onto other half. Use pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut pastry into 8 strips.
  5. Beginning at one end of the strip, twist the pastry.
  6. Place pastry twists onto prepared baking sheet and form into candy cane shapes. Brush with egg wash.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown and flaky.
  8. Serve warm.
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Close up photo of Tomato Prosciutto Puff Pastry Candy Canes on serving dish. Pine cones and fresh rosemary in background.

Aren’t they cute?  These savory little candy canes are sure to be a hit on your Christmas dinner table!  The puff pastry is buttery and flaky while the filling is similar to Caprese with the addition of prosciutto.  A delectable Italian inspired holiday appetizer!

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