Recipe Find: Chicken Cordon Blue Spirals

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Perusing the local library offerings on an extended Memorial Weekend stay at my parents’ Cottage in Northern Michigan I ran across a lovely little book with some intriguing recipes & inviting imagery: Teatime Parties: Afternoon Tea to Commemorate the Milestones of Life, by Tea Time Magazine.  Admittedly this book caught my eye because of the lovely photos & so was checked out as an adult picture book to amuse the eye & mind on a lazy, near Summer day.  On page 120 we run across the tempting recipe (that I have yet to try):

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Chicken Cordon Bleu Spirals

Yield: 12 Spirals

1/2 (17.5-ounce) package frozen puff pastry, (1 sheet)

2 Tablespoons stone-ground Dijon mustard

4 large thin slices deli Black Forest ham

4 large thing slices deli roast chicken

1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese

1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped chives

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large egg

1 tablespoon water

Garnish: fresh snipped chives

  • Preheat oven to 400*
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet (jelly roll pan?) with parchment paper
  • Let puff pastry thaw just enough to be able to roll up & encase filling–it should still be cold & firm
  • Unroll puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.
    • Using a rolling pin, roll out puff pastry until smooth.
    • Spread mustard over puff pastry evenly.
    • Arrange ham slices over mustard.
    • Top with chicken slices.
    • Scatter cheese over chicken slices.
    • Sprinkle thyme, chives, and pepper over cheese.
    • Starting at the long end, roll up pastry firmly & evenly to encase ingredients & form a cylinder.  Tuck ends under.
  • Using a serrated knife in a sawing motion, cut 12 slices.  Place slices 2 inches apart on remaining prepared baking sheet.
  • In a bowl, combine egg & water, whisking to blend.  Brush slices with egg mixture.
  • Bake until golden brown, approximately 15 minutes.
  • Garnish with snipped chives, if desired.
  • Serve Immediately

Make Ahead Tip:  Puff pastry can be assembled a day in advance, & cylinder can be wrapped in plastic wrap & refrigerated.  Just before serving, unwrap, slice, brush with egg mixture, & bake.

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VC note–this recipe was copied near verbatim as it was in the book with slight word & formatting changes.  As this recipe is from a book for tea parties the portions appear to be of a luncheon size.  I hope to try this “soon” & provide an update as to the results thereafter.  Also, all images on this page were from various Bing.com image searches.

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In the book this recipe was part of the Menu for a Golden Anniversary Tea:

Scone: Apricot-Orange Scone

Tea:  Milk Oolong

Savories:

Shrimp Salad Canapes

Roast Beef & Cucumber Finger Sandwiches

Chicken Cordon Blue Spirals

Tea: Organic Capital Breakfast

Sweets:

Golden Heart Cookies

Maple-Pecan Tartlets

Lemon-Vanilla Anniversary Cakes

Tea: Madam Butterfly Jasmine

These tea pairings were provided by Capital Teas

This menu info is found on p. 118 of the book, the cover of which is immediately below!

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Note: I just had to decorate this post with various pictures of lilacs as this quaint Northern Michigan community is bursting with the color & heady scent of these seasonal floral offerings & some of the cut blooms are currently entertaining the olfactory environment of my computer musings.  I wish you could see & smell them as I do!

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