Ham a la King with Peas Recipe
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Ham a la King with Peas Recipe

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My mom and I used to have a catering business, and this Ham a la King recipe was a popular choice from our menu. It looks elegant on the plate and always gets rave reviews. Being able to make the sauce a day ahead is a big plus. —Jean Grubb, Bastrop, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen puff pastry shells
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3 slices process American cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed, optional
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 filled pastry shell equals 487 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 1232 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.


  1. Bake pastry shells according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, melt butter; stir in flour until smooth. Dissolve bouillon in water. Gradually add milk and bouillon to the saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Reduce heat; add the cheese, Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Stir until cheese is melted. Add the ham, peas if desired, olives, pimientos and parsley; heat through. Serve in pastry shells. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Ham a la King in Country Woman March/April 2000, p31

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"At Krogers in the frozen foods under Desserts I found the puff pastries. Have not tried this recipe yet because I wanted the ones that couldn't find the pastries help. This looks really good and will re post after I try it."

Reviewed Jun. 13, 2014

"My gosh.... I love this recipe! My husband and grandkids always ask me to cook this again! Thank you for sharing."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2013

"Loved it with ham. Would be even better with chicken; I added extra peas. Very easy receipe."

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013

"This was a wonderful quick recipe. I adjusted it accourding to our likes. I left out the olives, added a little extra peas. I used biscuits instead of the puff pastry as I couldn't find the pastry in our store."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2011

"Excellent recipe"

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