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Ham a la King with Peas

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 487 calories, 31g fat (12g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 1232mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • Lynnette
    Dec 27, 2017

    Amazing and delicious. Only made 2 changes. I omitted the olives and added 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms. I cooked the mushrooms in the butter before adding the flour.. So good. I make one and a half times the recipe and it easily fed 6 people - 2 of them teenagers. Enough said. I may get brave and try with the olives next time. But the mushrooms made it really good...

  • mindtraveler
    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.

  • Spooky123
    Jun 13, 2014

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

  • sjsFLORIDA
    Nov 11, 2013

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

  • tlove46
    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.

  • Tulipor
    Apr 21, 2011

    Excellent recipe

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    Oct 18, 2010

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    Oct 14, 2010

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    Oct 14, 2010

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  • anncash
    Oct 14, 2010

    I have been doing that but it is not the same. I love puff pastry shells. I do the same thing with chicken. Also really good,