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Published on November 7th, 2017 | by Kristen Swain


Ham and Cheese Petals


During the holidays it seems like we are always off to a holiday party, dinner or gathering. I love to show off my cooking skills and make amazing, beautiful food that is essentially super easy and just looks like I spent a long time in the kitchen, just like these Ham and Cheese Petals. This mindset makes me laugh a little at myself and often reminds me of those commercials for Rice Krispie treats where the mom goes in the kitchen and bangs pans together and splashes flour on her face before coming out of the kitchen with an easy to make pan of Krispie treats. Our thanksgiving is always kind of a whirlwind day where I basically kick everyone out of the kitchen after breakfast unless they are helping with our big family dinner. So it means that eating lunch is pretty much not going to happen. Then I have grouchy kids and family who are hungry and wanting something to tide them over until the meal. So I love to have a couple appetizers that will tide them over and everyone will love, then my family is happy and not starving and gripping at me. So it’s essentially a win win to have some appetizers around the table.


Sometimes we go over friends or relatives houses, depending on the year and I also love to bring along a beautiful dish. My frozen Rhodes bread always pulls me through and I can make dozens of recipes with around the house ingredients, no running out to the grocery store  for last minute needs. These Ham and Cheese Petals look absolutely gorgeous. The dish is based off a Greek recipe, using sausage and cheese to make these petals using biscuit dough. By using Rhodes Bake N Serv Dinner rolls, I have a sturdy base of white bread, which I am slathering a ham and cheese mix, then baking to a golden brown. The butter topping really creates a taste and texture of a croissant base without using the soft breakable dough. One great thing is that you can make this ahead of time and freeze, and you can make it sized to your needs. Need it for 10 people, try the size I am making, need it for 20, just increase your pan size and add more rolls.


Pull out your rolls ahead of time to allow them to thaw out completely.

You will need 16 rolls to make the pan size I made, using an 8 inch cast iron pan.

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I used my food processor to combine all my ingredients, which whips up really quickly.

In the food processor place

1 8oz. softened block of cream cheese

2 cups of ham steak, roughly chopped

1 cup of shredded cheese

1/4 cup parmesan cheese.


Spray the pan well with cooking spray. And place the cheese and ham mixture into a bowl.



Using a rolling pin, roll out one roll flat, and use a 3 inch cookie cutter to cut the roll.

Rolling the roll dough out flattens it, and cutting the dough into a round gives a nice uniform shape for our petals.




Now the dough is uniform, pull off the excess dough and place it to the side.



Take a tablespoon of the ham and cheese mixture and smooth it out to the ends of the dough.



Fold the dough over so that the roll looks like a taco.


Now take the two edges of the dough and pull them together to meet. This is one petal.


In the cast iron pan, begin placing the petals so that the rounded end meets the back of the pan, starting at the outside edge.

Then work towards the inside, adding as many rows as needed to fill the pan. You could also do this in a pie pan or round casserole pan.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Bake for 35–45 minutes, until the tops of the rolls are golden brown.


In a small bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and add in 1 teaspoon of dried parsley.

Brush this on the top of the rolls as soon as they come out of the oven.



They are ready to serve!


I love decorating my table up for thanksgiving. I got leaf chargers several years ago at Walmart for just a couple dollars each. The tablecloth is gold with monochromatic gold medallions. I use burlap as a runner and my center piece is several dollar store trays with some loose flowers, bead stems, candles and a couple dollar store pumpkins I decoupaged with book pages. Here is a link for those-  Dollar store pumpkins.

These rolls can work as a great appetizer, or dinner roll. They are smokey from the ham, cheesy and creamy and crazy buttery from the melted butter on top. I actually got a croissant texture and flavor from them. I like to put them on the table with a nice trivet and they stay warm for a while in the cast iron pan. They are absolutely delicious room temperature as well, so no worries about keeping them hot.



I hope you enjoy your holidays and have a very happy ( and not grouchy) Thanksgiving!






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