Handheld Ham and Cheese Pie (aka Ham and Brie Pop Tarts!)

by Irvin on July 27, 2015 · 9 comments

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This ham and cheese pie are made with ham and brie, making them the perfect savory hand pie for a meal or just a fun snack!

Ham and Brie Pop Tarts! Recipe and photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

“Let’s do a guys night out!” I said to my friend Peter and Hadley one weekend while we were up in Sonoma. For most people, a phrase like that would invoke scenes of drunken revelry, picking up women and hijinks that are not suitable for a blog of this nature. But I meant an evening of shopping, a movie of Hadley’s choice (which ended up being Magic Mike XXL) and dinner out. In other words, a pretty gay guys night out, significantly less scandalous than what the phrase implies. Very little hijinks ensued but we did find ourselves at a restaurant where we shared ham and brie pop tarts appetizers. This, in and of itself, was exciting enough for me to go home and immediately make a version for myself and AJ. I mean come one. Ham and brie pop tarts folks! It’s like a ham and cheese pie that you can eat all by yourself. Genius. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Ham and Cheese Hand Pies. Photo and Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The night started with Peter bailing on us. “I’ve caught a cold guys…” was the text which meant it was just Hadley and me for the evening. Hadley, as you might remember, is part of an ongoing lunch that I have along with my friend Tina (who I made strawberry plum jam with) where talk shop about writing. He suggested we meet up to see the movie first. I was hesitant to actually watch Magic Mike XXL, even though Hadley really wanted to see it. Mostly because I had never seen the original but clearly this was the sort of movie that didn’t really need previous knowledge of the first movie (I Wikipedia-ed the plot anyway). Plotline and character development is thin. Clearly I expected too much.

Ham and Cheese Hand Pie Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

With the movie out of the way, shopping involved shopping! Hadley isn’t very well versed on discount shopping (he’s more of a Barney’s type of guy) but I convinced him to check out a particular department store’s discount shop. He found the most expensive suit there while I found cheap Bluetooth earphones; typical purchases for both of us. Dinner was at a reasonably priced, nice atmosphere restaurant though! The actual main course was nothing to write about, but those handheld ham and cheese pies! They were something else. And, to be honest, the ones I made at home were probably better than the restaurant version. Totally worth all the calories!

Ham and Brie Pop Tart Recipe. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

If you like this handheld ham and cheese pie, try my chard and cheese tart recipe.

And try some other savory pie and tart recipes from around the web:
Created By Diane’s Mini Savory Pies with Spinach and Goat Cheese
Sippity Sup’s Sweet Sausage Cabbage Pie with Dill & Feta
She Wears Many Hats’ Shepards Pie
David Lebovitz’ Herb Ricotta Tart
Food Republic’s Chinese Duck and Five Spice Pie

Handheld Ham and Brie Pies. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.
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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way July 28, 2015 at 4:19 am

It looks and sounds fabulous!! I could picture it as a breakfast, brunch, snack, dinner. In other words I could eat it throughout the day at anytime!! Can’t wait to make it. Thank you for the recipe and what a bacchanal — movies and snacks 🙂


mila furman July 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

I still need to see Magic Mike 🙂 These look so good! It’s like a hot pocket 🙂 Made from scratch 🙂 I made something similar with ham and gouda. Delish!


Kevin | KevinIsCooking July 28, 2015 at 9:21 am

Saw this pic on my Feedly and had to stop. Wow, talk about de-lish! Also love your “a pretty gay guys night out” with a movie, food and shopping. Sounds good to me. Hope your project is coming along nicely, too.


Frank Kwater July 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Thank you for the recipe. It looks good and delicious. We could eat it throughout the day at anytime this summer. Gonna have to try this.


Tom August 18, 2015 at 5:48 am

These were fun and tasty, though my Brie kinda melted into nothingness. Maybe because I used a cheap supermarket brand. But I can see pieces in your photos. How thick do you slice it?


Pam September 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Your recipe was perfect!! My 11 yr old boy, husband & I absolutely LOVED how this savory pie turned out. I had been looking for recipes and was hesitant. Your recipe was simple, easy to follow and it was a success! This is one dough recipe I will keep.


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