Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

Easy Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers RecipeMake Your Lunchbox POP! This Year: Back to School with Borden® Cheese. These Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers make a marvelous back to school treat! 

6-Ingredient Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe
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School is back in session… Are you quietly breathing a sigh of relief?!

It’s ok if you are. Every year when the kids head back to school I experience such bitter-sweet emotions.

Love these 6-Ingredient Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

On one hand, our days of sleeping in and sunny adventures are over. On the other hand, I can actually keep a schedule, get some work done, and maintain a clean house.

Whether you are feeling high or low about back-to-school, lunchbox packing is most certainly on the mind of every parent.

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

My kids are old enough to pack their own lunches in the morning, however, they get tired of the same old thing. As much as we all love PB&J and ham sandwiches, it’s nice to mix things up throughout the week.

Sometimes they even take leftovers from dinner, just to skip the eternal sandwich making.

Making Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

I recently discovered I can take the meat-and-cheese concept of a classic sandwich and bake them into little lunch pastries.

Today’s recipe is called Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers because I’ve combined salami, creamy Borden® Cheese, spicy mustard, and puff pastry to make tiny sandwich bombs.

They are an easy make-ahead for the week, the kids love them, and best of all they feel like something truly special in a lunchbox.

Making 6-Ingredient Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

I simply cut a sheet of puff pasty into 16 squares, added a little dab of mustard, a thin slice of salami, and several small pieces of Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Slices on top.

How To: 6-Ingredient Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

Then I folded all four corners of the pastry over the center and brushed them with a little cream, and a sprinkle of herbs.

How To: Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

Making Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

As the Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers bake, the cheese puffs up the corners of the pastry creating little bubbly hand-held delights.

You can pack one in a lunch for a small child, or up to four in a lunchbox for a teenager.

The golden baked Borden® Cheese Mozzarella Slices over the top makes these little pastries so much more than a sandwich!

6-Ingredient Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

Borden® Cheese offers all sorts of varieties that are perfect for back to school. For quick morning packing, add Borden® Cheese String Cheese, or all-new Snack Bars, available in delicious flavors like Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Cheddar, or Colby Jack, to your child’s bag.

Or use Borden® Cheese Slices, Singles and Chunks to create all sorts of fun lunchtime variations!

Borden Cheese

Including Borden® Cheese in your child’s lunchbox ensures your baby gets nutritious protein and calcium throughout the day.

Made with milk from over 8,000 family-owned farms, Borden® Cheese is pure, creamy goodness that transforms lunchtime into something memorable. With Borden® Cheese, love is always an ingredient!

Easy Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

Speaking of adding love to your kiddos’ lunch… Make sure to enter our Borden® Cheese Lunch Love Kit Giveaway on Instagram this week.


  1. Follow @spicyperspectiv and @borden_cheese on Instagram.
  2. Tag 2 friends in the comments below this post.
  3. Share a photo of how you fuel your family with cheese and include the hashtags #BordenLunchLove and #Giveaway. This could be an image of a cheesy dish you love, a back-to-school lunchbox idea, or your babies snacking on delicious cheese!

Random winners will be selected to receive a fun Borden® Cheese lunchbox kit.

Simple Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe

Borden® Cheese can be found it major grocery chains nationwide. Find out more about their wholesome cheeses at, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Borden® Cheese. All opinions are my own.

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe
4 from 1 vote

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers Recipe - This easy 6-ingredient snack is great for party appetizers and quick lunchbox fillers, instead of plain-jane sandwiches.

Servings: 16 poppers
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers
Amount Per Serving (1 popper)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 326mg 14%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the square sheet of puff pastry into 16 smaller squares. Cut the mozzarella cheese slices into 9 squares each.
  2. Place a scant 1/4 teaspoon of mustard in the center of each puff pastry square. Press one slice of salami over the mustard, then top with 3 squares of Borden Mozzarella Cheese.
  3. Fold two opposite corners of each square, over the cheese. Then fold the remaining corners over the top, and press down. Brush the top of each folded square with cream and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.

  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until the pastries pop up and turn golden brown. Serve immediately, or cool and wrap for later use.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

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5 comments on “Cheesy Lunchbox Poppers

  1. Alice Fposted September 18, 2017 at 8:06 pm Reply

    This is such a versatile recipe! Even though it is called Chessy Lunchbox Poppers, I am thinking that I will alter this just a tad with (maybe use smoked Brisket, blue cheese and sun dried tomato pesto) and then brush with eye yolk and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. I know this will be wonderful for a football that I am having in December!
    Thank you so much for this recipe and like many others on your site, I love that your recipes are easy to make and can be altered in order to meet personal taste.

  2. Lynn Miller Bolserposted September 17, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply

    I couldn’t quite get these to fold over and stay. So I cut lids from the other sheet and made tiny sandwiches. They still tasted fabulous!!

  3. Shayposted September 9, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

    Could you substitute the puff pastry with croissant dough?

    • Sommerposted September 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm Reply

      Hi Shay, Absolutely! :)

  4. Vanithaposted September 6, 2017 at 9:52 am Reply

    These look so amazing and yummy! Love any dish that takes no time to make :) Have no lunch boxes to fill right now, but they look awesome to make as an evening snack with tea or coffee for me!