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Ham a la King with Peas Recipe

Ham a la King with Peas Recipe

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. YIELD:6 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 filled pastry shell equals 487 calories, 31 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 60 mg cholesterol, 1,232 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 17 g protein.