Let Pastry Soften from Frozen: Lay out frozen puff pastry on bench (keep plastic on). Cover and let it defrost for 5 minutes until it loses its stiffness
Add Base and Toppings: Spread tomato paste over pastry, leaving about 1cm or half and inch perimeter. Evenly scatter shredded ham and grated cheese
Roll into a Log: Start rolling from one side, slowing pulling back plastic as you tightly (but gently) roll into a cylinder without stretching the pastry.
Cut into pieces: Once its rolled into a log, cut into half, and then half again so you have four equal sized pieces.
Cook: Lay flat side down into air fryer and spray lightly with oil if using. Cook for 12 minutes at 180 degrees C/ 350 degrees F. Check after 12 mins and if you want them browner, cook for a further 3 mins.
About Puff Pastry: Its important to work with cold puff pastry, but not frozen, (as you won’t be able to roll it, and not room temperature because it will be too loose to roll. Once you have the puff pastry out of the freezer, separate off 2 sheets and lay them separately, covered with a towel for 5 minutes to let them gently soften and loosen, then begin working quickly with it.
Working with Puff Pastry: the trick is to work quickly because once the pastry begins to soften, it will become more challenging to work with. Make sure to have your base spread and filling at the ready to put on as soon as the pastry has softened and become pliable enough to roll.
Ham: Any type of ham is fine, as is bacon. I like to make sure its thinly sliced, or diced so that it cooks properly.
Cheese: I use a tasty grated cheese. A combination of cheeses would also work, however I’d avoid using parmesan as its not suitable.
Tomato Paste: This creates a nice tangy tomato base. Alternatively you could use a sugar free BBQ sauce, passata, Basil Pesto, or Sun Dried Tomato Pesto.
Extra Cooking: if you tend to like your pastries a little browner than most, or you just want to make sure the cheese is melted inside, its easy to add a couple of extra minutes cooking time, however do check to make sure they aren’t becoming over crisp and drying out.