Irish Jambon Recipe

Savoury Irish Pastry Filled with Ham and Cheese
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There’s something magical about the blend of flaky pastry, savoury ham, and melted cheese, and that’s exactly what you’ll find with this Irish Jambons recipe. These popular pastries are a beloved staple in Ireland, often enjoyed as a quick breakfast or snack. With their warm, comforting flavour, they are sure to be a hit in any household.


Irish Jambons, despite their French name (jambon means ham in French), are a true Irish delight. They have become a common sight in delis and bakeries across Ireland, loved for their perfect combination of textures and flavours. This pastry has evolved over time, becoming a favourite comfort food for many.

Serving Suggestions

Irish Jambons are versatile and can be enjoyed in many ways:

  • Breakfast: Pair them with a hot cup of tea or coffee for a satisfying start to your day.
  • Lunch: Serve alongside a fresh green salad for a light and tasty meal.
  • Snack: Perfect for a quick bite on the go, they can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.
  • Party: Present them on a platter with a variety of dips, such as mustard or aioli, to impress your guests.

Storing Instructions

To keep your Irish Jambons fresh:

  • Refrigeration: Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.
  • Freezing: Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to three months. Be sure to separate layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.

Reheating Instructions

To reheat your Jambons while maintaining their deliciousness:

  • Oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the Jambons on a baking tray and heat for about 10-15 minutes or until warmed through.
  • Microwave: While not recommended for the best texture, you can microwave them on a microwave-safe plate for about 1-2 minutes.

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How to Make Irish Jambon

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Irish Jambon Recipe

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 20 mins Cook Time 25 mins Rest Time 10 mins Total Time 55 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 12 Calories: 250 kcal per serving
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Irish Jambons are a delightful savoury pastry that combines flaky puff pastry with a rich filling of ham and melted cheese. Perfect for breakfast, a snack, or any time you crave something warm and comforting, these pastries are simple to make and even easier to enjoy.


Prepare the Béchamel Sauce

  1. Melt Butter:

    Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.

  2. Make the Roux:

    Stir in the flour to form a roux and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Add Milk:

    Gradually add the milk, whisking continuously until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.

  4. Season:

    Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Add Cheese:

    Remove from heat and stir in 100g of the grated cheddar cheese until melted and smooth. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the Oven

  1. Preheat:

    Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Prepare the Puff Pastry

  1. Roll Out Pastry:

    Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface and cut each sheet into 6 squares, making a total of 12 squares.

  2. Chill:

    Place the squares on the prepared baking tray and chill in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Assemble the Jambons

  1. Add Filling:

    Remove the pastry squares from the fridge. Spoon a tablespoon of the béchamel sauce into the center of each square.

  2. Add Ham and Cheese:

    Top with diced ham and a sprinkle of the remaining cheddar cheese.

  3. Fold Pastry:

    Fold the corners of each square towards the center and pinch them together to seal.


  1. Brush with Egg Wash:

    Brush each jambon with the egg wash and sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

  2. Bake:

    Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed.


  1. Cool and Serve:

    Allow the jambons to cool for a few minutes before serving. They can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 250kcal
Calories from Fat 144kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Sodium 300mg13%
Potassium 100mg3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8g16%

Vitamin A 400 IU
Calcium 200 mg
Iron 1 mg
Vitamin E 0.5 IU
Vitamin K 3 mcg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


  • Cheese Substitutions: Feel free to substitute the Irish cheddar with other cheeses like Gouda, mozzarella, or Swiss for a different flavour profile.
  • Vegetarian Option: For a vegetarian version, replace the ham with cooked mushrooms, spinach, or a combination of your favourite veggies.
  • Make Ahead: You can prepare the jambons up to the baking step and refrigerate them. Bake fresh when ready to serve.
  • Storage Tip: For best results when freezing, ensure the jambons are completely cooled before placing them in a freezer-safe container.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What if I don’t have puff pastry?

You can try using filo dough or even make your own pastry if you're feeling adventurous.

Can I make these ahead of time?

Absolutely! Prepare them up to the baking step and store them in the fridge. Bake them fresh when you're ready to serve.

Are there vegetarian alternatives?

Yes, substitute the ham with cooked mushrooms or spinach for a delicious vegetarian option.

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Fiona O'Sullivan is the passionate editor of Great Food Ireland, a popular blog dedicated to celebrating traditional Irish cuisine and culinary heritage. With a rich background in food writing and a deep love for Ireland's gastronomic culture, Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her role. She curates authentic recipes, shares culinary stories, and explores the vibrant food scene across Ireland. Fiona's dedication to promoting Irish food traditions has made Great Food Ireland a beloved resource for food enthusiasts around the world.

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