Friday, August 19, 2011

Ham and Cheese Spirals

There are many television chefs that I call "one of my favorites."  There are so many of them that I really do love . . . you'd think I love all of them.  Believe it or not, I do have some that I don't like . . . you won't find their recipes on my blog . . . well, unless I really love the recipe.  

Anyway, at the very top of my list of favorites is Sandra Lee from the Food Network.  Her style of semi-homemade cooking has been my main cooking style for the longest time.  I often miss her show since it comes on at an inconvenient time for me, which is why I don't list many of her recipes.  But I caught the show the other day and will be posting several of her recipes.  

This one is my favorite!


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Flour, for work surface
  • 1 pound refrigerated pizza dough, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound deli sliced ham
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water


In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pizza dough into a 12-inch square. Brush the entire surface with the seasoned olive oil. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheese and an even layer of ham. 
Starting from the bottom edge, tightly roll up the dough to form a log. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the roll on the bias into 1-inch thick pieces. Arrange the rolls on their side on a nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to proof.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a small bowl, whisk together the egg with 2 tablespoons of water. Brush the tops and sides of the rolls with the egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove from the oven, transfer to a serving platter and serve.

Source:  Food Network

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