Total Time
24hrs 30mins
Prep 24 hrs
Cook 30 mins

This do ahead recipe requires some time to prepare, but it is sensational for a special breakfast or brunch. Prep time is and based on overnight chilling.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. On lightly floured surface roll each sheet of puff pastry into a 12" square.
  2. Lay 1 sheet puff pastry into a 10" pie pan; set aside.
  3. In 10" skillet melt 1/4 cup of butter until sizzling.
  4. Add potatoes, onion, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  5. Cover; cook over medium high heat, turning occasionally, until potatoes are lightly browned and crisply tender (12 to 15 minutes), then set them aside.
  6. In cleaned skillet, melt 1 Tbsp butter until sizzling.
  7. Meanwhile in a small bowl, stir together all omelet ingredients except the remaining 1 Tbsp of butter.
  8. Pour half the omelet mixture (3/4 cup) into skillet with the sizzling 1 Tbsp of butter.
  9. Cook over medium heat.
  10. As omelet mixture sets, lift slightly with spatula to allow uncooked portion to flow underneath.
  11. Continue cooking until set (2 to 3 min).
  12. Slide omelet onto cookie sheet.
  13. Repeat with remaining 1 Tbsp of butter and omelet mixture.
  14. Layer ingredients into pie pan with puff pastry in the following order: 1 omelet, 1/4 pound ham, half of fried potatoes, 1 cup Cheddar cheese, remaining potatoes, ham, cheese and omelet.
  15. Top with remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  16. Press together edges of both sheets of puff pastry to form a rim; trim off excess puff pastry.
  17. Cover; refrigerate overnight or heat oven to 375 degrees.
  18. In small bowl stir together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water; brush over puff pastry.
  19. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
  20. Let stand 5 minutes; cut into wedges.
  21. If torte is refrigerated overnight, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before baking, then bake as directed above.


Most Helpful

I had high hopes for this, and it looked beautiful coming out of the oven. However, the bottom pastry was completely soggy (even using a glass pie plate, which is supposed to be better for crisper crusts). Maybe this would be better if it was baked immediately rather than refrigerated. As it was, it would have been much better to leave the bottom crust out. The filling was very good.

lucy k. March 27, 2005

I was up until 2:00 am Christmas Eve (after the Carol Service and wrapping presents!) putting this together. I cut back on the potatoes a bit, but otherwise followed this recipe exactly. Yes, it is time consuming to put together, but it was fabulous! Everyone enjoyed it so much it will become a Christmas tradition. We only ate half on Christmas day, but the next day I popped it in the microwave on half power just long enough to warm it, sliced it, and took it in the car (with plenty of napkins and paper towels) to eat while we traveled to relatives. It was still delicious.

Souzette January 06, 2005

this recipe appeared in an issue of Taste of Home magazine about 3 years ago. I have made it several times. Yes, it is a bit time consuming and yes it is sensational. I have served this for dinner with a salad on the side and it makes a very satisfying meal. I have also substituted different fillings such as spinich and swiss cheese with portobello mushrooms , or asparagus and tomatoes with havarti. The possibilities are endless! If any of you cybercooks out there are looking for something different, do yourself a favor and try this recipe. You wont be disappointed.

spice diva October 31, 2003

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