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Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

Fancy Apple Gruyere Tart with Caramelized Onions & Pancetta

1 yellow onion, sliced (or you can use store-bought caramelized onions or onion jam)

2 ounces pancetta, cooked until crispy

Flour, for rolling out the puff pastry

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted in the fridge

1/4 C. creme fraiche

1 tsp. orange zest

1/2 apple, I used fancy pearl apples but honey crisp, gala or pink lady would be great, cut into sliced

3 sprigs of thyme, leaves removed

3/4 C. shredded Gruyere cheese

1 beaten large egg, for egg wash

1/2 C. arugula microgreens or just regular arugula, for topping

1 tsp. olive oil

Salt

 

Do a bit of prep by caramelizing the onions, in a small skillet over medium-low heat, stirring regularly, about 30 minutes. You could also buy caramelized onions or onion jam. Cook up the pancetta in a small skillet until crispy and evenly browned. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly flour your work surface. Unfold the puff pastry (mine was a rectangle, yours might be a circle!) and roll it out with a rolling pin until it’s a bit thinner in height. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Using a knife, score a 1/2-inch perimeter onto the puff pastry, all the way around. Poke a bunch of holes in the center, too. Add the creme fraiche mixture to the center and smother all around until there’s an even layer. Add the apple slices, caramelized onions, thyme leaves, Gruyere and pancetta. Brush the edges with the egg wash. Transfer the tart to the freezer for 5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. While the tart is in the oven, toss the arugula with a tsp. of olive oil and a few pinches of salt. Top the tart with the arugula once it comes out of the oven. Slice up and serve!

Chicken, Spinach and Gruyère Turnovers

Chicken, Spinach and Gruyère Turnovers

Chicken, Spinach and Gruyère Turnovers

2 small skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 3/4 lb. (375 g) total weight, or 1 1/2 cups (9 oz./280 g) shredded rotisserie chicken

1 T. olive oil

2 T. chopped shallots

1/2 lb. (250 g) fresh spinach leaves, tough stems removed

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2 T. heavy cream

All-purpose flour for rolling

2 sheets frozen puff pastry (one 17 oz./530 g package), thawed

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1/4 lb. (125 g) Gruyère cheese, shredded

Dijon mustard for serving

 

If using chicken breasts, place them in a saucepan with cold water to cover by 1 inch (2.5 cm) and 1/2 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer until the chicken is opaque throughout, about 18 minutes. Drain and let cool. When cool enough to handle, shred the chicken. Set aside. Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Add the shallots and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and sauté just until wilted, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cream and cook just until combined, about 1 minute. On a floured work surface, cut the puff pastry sheets in half to make 4 rectangles. Brush the edges with the egg. Pile the cooked chicken, spinach, and cheese on half of each of the rectangles, leaving a 1/2-inch (12-mm) border. Fold the uncovered half of each rectangle over to cover the lower half. Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut a few small slits in the top of each turnover. Brush the tops with egg and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, 22 to 24 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve with mustard on the side. Serves 4.

Caramelized Onion Tarts with Blue Cheese

Caramelized Onion Tarts with Blue Cheese

Caramelized Onion Tarts with Blue Cheese

1 (17.3 oz.) package puff pastry, thawed in the fridge overnight

2 1/2 lb. white or yellow onions, halved, then sliced 1/8″ thick

1 T. butter

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. granulated sugar

1 T. dry white wine

Kosher salt

1 egg, beaten

9 oz. fig jam

5 oz. crumbled blue cheese

2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

honey for drizzling

 

Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and stir to coat in oil. You will cook the onions for 60 minutes total, stirring every 4-5 minutes or so. After they’ve cooked for 10 minutes add a pinch of salt. After they’ve cooked for 30 minutes, turn the heat to medium low. Don’t forget to keep stirring! After they’ve cooked for 40 minutes add a tsp. of sugar. Be sure to keep stirring them every 4-5 minutes so they cook evenly. After they’ve finished cooking for 60 minutes and are a gorgeous dark brown color, pour in the wine and deglaze the pan (scrape all the bits off the bottom) and set aside. When the onions are nearing the end of the caramelizing process, preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll both sheets of puff pastry and cut along the seams of each sheet, creating 6 rectangles total. Cut each rectangle into 3 squares. Use a knife to score a half inch crust around the outside of each tart. Transfer tarts to (2) parchment lined baking sheets. Arrange tarts on the two baking sheets about an inch apart.

Brush the crust portion of the tart with the egg wash. Spread a tsp. of fig jam in the center of each tart. Top that with a tsp. of caramelized onions. Top that with a tsp. of blue cheese.  Bake tarts for 18-20 minutes or until the crust is dark golden brown. Remove tarts from the oven, sprinkle each with a few leaves of thyme and drizzle with honey. Serve warm or at room temp and enjoy!

Puff Pastry Garlic Bread Roll-ups

Puff Pastry Garlic Bread Roll-ups

Puff Pastry Garlic Bread Roll-ups

1 puff pastry sheet (9×9-inch), thawed

5 T. softened butter

1 heaping T. minced garlic

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

1 T. grated Parmesan cheese

In a small bowl combine the butter with the garlic, parsley and Parmesan. Sprinkle a work surface lightly with flour and gently unfold the pastry. Spread ¾ of the butter mixture evenly from edge to edge. Roll it up. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate 20 – 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease with butter. When the oven is ready take the puff pastry out of the fridge and slice into 1-inch thick rolls. Set on the baking sheet 1 – 2 inches apart. Brush the tops with butter. Bake 20 minutes until golden and puffed. Brush the tops again if you have butter left – there will be melted butter on the baking sheet – you can brush the tops with that too using a pastry brush.

Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Galettes

Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Galettes

Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Galettes

10½ ounces puff pastry

Dijon mustard

2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved

1 medium egg yolk beaten with 1 T. water (egg wash)

sea salt and black pepper, to taste

¼ heaping C. finely shaved Parmesan

extra virgin olive oil

 

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Thinly roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface—you can do this half at a time if it’s easier—and cut out six 4½-inch circles using a bowl or plate as a guide. Arrange these on a couple of cookie sheets. Spread a bit of Dijon mustard in the center of each circle, to within about ¾ inch of the rim. Place the tomatoes on top. Brush the surrounding rim with the eggwash, then season the tomatoes, cover with a few slivers of Parmesan, and drizzle over some olive oil. Bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until golden and risen.

Pigs in a Blanket Bites

Pigs in a Blanket Bites

Pigs in a Blanket Bites

 

Sheet puff pastry (1/2 of a 17.3 oz package)

all purpose flour, for rolling out

1 large egg

1 tsp. water

18 ounces fully cooked andouille sausage (6 sausages)

2 tsp. yellow mustard seeds

2 tsp. fine cornmeal

Creole mustard, for serving

 

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking liner. Lightly dust a work surface with flour. Roll the puff pastry into a 12×12-inch square. Brush away any excess flour. Cut the square into half horizontally, then in thirds vertically to make 6 4×6-inch rectangles. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg and water. Brush the rectangles with the egg wash. Place one sausage along the long end of the rectangle, (don’t worry if the ends stick out), and roll the pastry around the sausage. Press the edge to seal. Place on the prepared pan. Repeat with the remaining sausages and rectangles. Set aside the remaining egg wash and refrigerate the sausages for 30 minutes, or up to overnight. Preheat the oven to 400F. Combine the mustard seeds and cornmeal in a shallow baking dish. Working with 1 roll at a time, brush the outside of the pastry with the egg wash. Roll in the seed-cornmeal mixture. Repeat with the remaining sausages. (If the pastry becomes warm or soft, return to the refrigerator for a few minutes.) Using a sharp knife, cut off any ends of the sausages that stick out of the ends. Cut each roll into 6 pieces. If using skewers or toothpicks, insert into the pieces and arrange on the baking sheet, alternating the orientation so the skewers don’t touch the pastry as it expands while baking. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip. Continue cooking until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes more. Remove to a rack to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm with the Creole mustard for dipping.

Easy 100-Calorie Apple Pie Pastry Squares

Easy 100-Calorie Apple Pie Pastry Squares

Easy 100-Calorie Apple Pie Pastry Squares

 

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (like Pepperidge Farms)
1 T. all-purpose flour
3 medium apples, about 1 pound
1/2 medium lemon, juiced
2 T. granulated sugar, divided
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 T. reduced sugar apricot jam

 

Position the oven rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle the flour on a flat surface and lay the pastry sheet on it. Roll out the pastry lightly to make a 14” x 10” rectangle. Transfer pastry to a baking sheet, and refrigerate while preparing the apples. Peel, core, thinly slice the apples (1/8” thick), and place in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice and gently toss to coat the apples. Sprinkle the chilled pastry evenly with 1 T. sugar. Arrange the apples over the pastry in rows, slightly overlapping the slices and leaving a 1/2” pastry border around the outer edge. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and remaining sugar, and sprinkle over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven. In a small microwave-safe bowl, stir the jam with 1 tsp. of water and heat on high for 15 seconds. Brush over the apples and crust. Cut into 12 squares and serve immediately, or set aside and serve at room temperature.

 

Yield: 12 servings (3” squares)

Calories: 100

Fat: 5g

Fiber: 1g

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

WIW: Crisp, Flaky, Pepperoni Pizza Puff Pastry Waffles

 

Flour, for dusting

1 (1/2-lb.) sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed

2 C. homemade or store-bought pizza sauce

6 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni

6 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Preheat a Belgian waffle iron according to manufacturer directions. Lightly dust a work surface. Lay out puff pastry sheet, lightly flour top, and roll into an approximate 16- by 16-inch square. Spread 1/2 C. sauce on puff pastry, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Layer pepperoni on top, followed by cheese, leaving a 1 inch border on all edges. Roll puff pastry sheet away from you like a jelly roll. When completely rolled, pinch seam to seal. Pinch ends of puff pastry to seal, then roll into a disk-shaped spiral. Place spiral in center of preheated waffle iron. Cook until puff pastry is deep golden brown on all surfaces and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center registers 190 to 200°F, about 12 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board, cut into wedges, and serve immediately, passing extra sauce for dipping.

 

Rabbit and Bacon Pie

Rabbit and Bacon Pie

1 rabbit, skinned, gutted and cleaned
1 medium onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery root, chopped
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 sprig fresh sage
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 sprig fresh rosemary
2 bay leaves
1 1/4 C. chicken stock
1 1/4 C. cider
salt and pepper
2 T. butter
5 strips thick-cut streaky bacon, cut into small matchsticks
1 leek (whites with trimmed greens), finely sliced
2 T. flour
2 T. fresh parsley, chopped

4 sheets (approx. 2 lb.) puff pastry
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Season the rabbit inside and out with salt and place in a Dutch oven. Add onion, carrot, celery root, garlic, herbs, stock, and cider. Season the whole thing with pepper. Cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and remove only the rabbit from the dish to a cutting board. Cut or pull off all the meat, discarding the bones. Cut the meat into small chunks and return them to the Dutch oven with the vegetables. In a frying pan, melt butter and fry the bacon for five minutes until lightly browned. Add the leeks and let them sweat for 5 minutes until soft. Sprinkle in the flour (or, if you are gluten-free, your own thickening agent, such as arrowroot), stir well, and cook together for two minutes. Add the bacon and leeks to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil and simmer for five minutes. Add the chopped parsley, stir, and remove from heat. Check the seasoning and allow to cool somewhat. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the inside of 4-inch ramekins or springform pans. Roll out a sheet of the pastry on a well-floured surface to about the thickness of a tea towel (3 mm or .1″). Cut big enough squares to fill each baking dish or pan, with a little bit of dough hanging over the side; trim corners. Fill the pies with the rabbit-bacon filling. Cut another piece of pastry for the lid of each pie, letting a little hang over the edge; trim corners. With floured hands, pinch the edges of the lids to the edges of the pastry lining (I pinched together and rolled in toward the center of the pie) to make sure they are well-sealed together. Cut a couple of small slits into, or stick your fork through, the top of each pie a couple of times to allow steam to escape. Brush the lid of each pie with the beaten egg. Bake for 35 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Serve hot.

Puff Pastry Appetizers

Puff Pastry Appetizers

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Roll out the puff pastry a little to flatten it. Spread ⅓ cup tomato paste all over the puff pastry. Layer 4 oz. sliced soppressata on top of the tomato paste, overlapping each piece a little. Sprinkle ½ cup grated pecorino cheese evenly over the entire surface. Starting with the side closest to you, roll the whole thing into a tight roll. Slice the roll into ½-inch-thick pieces. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F until golden brown, 11 to 13 minutes.

Spinach Artichoke Squares

Spinach artichoke SquaresIn a medium sauté pan, heat 1 T. olive oil over medium heat. Add 4 chopped scallions and 1 clove minced garlic; cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add 2 cups roughly chopped artichoke hearts and 12 oz. fresh spinach; cook until the spinach wilts, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in 8 oz. cream cheese. Roll out the puff pastry a little to flatten it. Cut the pastry into 2½-inch squares. Scoop 2 T. of the filling onto the center of each square and then fold in the edges of the puff pastry. Top each square with 1 T. grated Parmesan cheese. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 400°F until golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes.

Bacon Cheese Straws

Bacon Cheese StrawsOn a clean surface, sprinkle ¼ cup Parmesan cheese evenly in a square. Place 1 sheet of puff pastry on top, then sprinkle the dough with another ¼ cup cheese. Use a rolling pin to roll the sheets slightly (from about ¼-inch thick to about ⅛-inch thick). Using a pizza cutter, cut the puff pastry into long, ½-inch-wide strips. Place a piece of raw bacon on top of each dough strip and press lightly. Hold the dough at both ends and twist it. Repeat with remaining dough strips. Place the twists on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 425°F until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

Sheet Pan Suppers: Herbed Goat Cheese & Zucchini Tart

Sheet Pan Suppers: Herbed Goat Cheese & Zucchini Tart

tart1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
All-purpose flour, for rolling out the dough
½ cup ricotta cheese
1 roll (4 ounces) herbed goat cheese, at room temperature, crumbled
4 or 5 medium-size zucchini
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375°F with a rack in the center position. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Carefully unfold the puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured work surface. Use a flour-dusted rolling pin to gently roll the puff pastry into a large rectangle roughly 12 by 16 inches; it should be just smaller than your sheet pan. Carefully transfer the puff pastry to the prepared pan. Use a sharp knife to score a ¾-inch-wide border around the puff pastry; do not cut all the way through. Use a fork to prick holes inside the border of the rectangle, poking the dough every inch or so. Place the sheet pan in the fridge or freezer to harden the pastry dough, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, stir-mash together the ricotta and goat cheese in a small bowl until fully combined. Set aside. Trim the ends off the zucchini and, using a vegetable peeler, cut them lengthwise into long, thin strips. (Alternatively, you could use a sharp chef’s knife to cut them into ¼-inch rounds.) Place the zucchini in a large bowl and sprinkle with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Toss to distribute the seasoning. When the dough is good and chilly, place the pan back on your work surface. Spread the chese mixture evenly over the pastry, leaving the border bare. Arrange or pile the zucchini atop the cheese either haphazardly or in your favorite pattern, until the cheese is completely covered. Drizzle the olive oil over the zucchini. Bake the tart until the crust is puffed and deeply browned and the zucchini has softened and browned at the edges, 45 to 50 minutes. Allow the tart to cool slightly before cutting into squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Notes: To thaw puff pastry, remove it from the package, keeping it wrapped in plastic, and leave it in the refrigerator overnight or on your work surface for about 30 minutes. Pastry sheets come folded up like a letter – don’t try to unfold them when they’re frozen or they’ll tear! After the pastry has thawed, you’ll be able to easily unfold it. Wrapped well in plastic, thawed pastry will keep for about 2 days in the fridge.

Caramelized Shallot Tartes Tatin

Caramelized Shallot Tartes Tatin

tartin4 Tbsp. salted butter, melted
12 medium shallots (about 12 ounces), peeled and halved lengthwise
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 pound puff pastry, thawed and chilled
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 ounces Gorgonzola, crumbled
Sea salt, for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400° and arrange racks in middle and lower third. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, shallots, and sugar, and toss to coat. Arrange shallots cut-side down on prepared baking sheets. Scrape any remaining sugar mixture onto shallots. On a floured surface, roll puff pastry to a 15″ square. Using a 2 1/2″ round biscuit cutter, stamp out as many circles as possible. If necessary, gently press scraps together and freeze until firm, then reroll and cut out more rounds. Place pastry rounds over shallots, and top each pan with a sheet of parchment and another baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, switching position of pans halfway through. Carefully remove top baking sheets and parchment paper. Return tartes tatin to oven and continue to bake until pastry is golden, 15 to 20 minutes more, switching pans again halfway through. Working quickly, using a spatula, invert tartes tatin onto a serving platter. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, boil balsamic vinegar until reduced to 2 Tbsp., about 5 minutes. Dot tartes tatin with Gorgonzola and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Goat Cheese and Tomato Triangles

Goat Cheese and Tomato Triangles

0275a79620450fcd53fc9b191bb6e8431 sheet of ready to use puff pastry
1 ripe juicy tomato
100 g goat cheese (I used Sainte Maure)
fresh thyme
extra virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

Heat oven to 220º C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut puff pastry into approximately 10 x 10 cm squares and divide each into two triangles. You can go for any shape you fancy, of course. One detail: don’t “trace” any margin along the sides, we want a rustic look here. Cut tomato into thin slices. Roughly chop goat cheese. Place pastry on baking tray, top with a few slices of tomato, a tablespoon of goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil over the cheese and tomato, decorate with fresh thyme. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the pastry is nicely puffed and golden. Enjoy!

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Sweet and Savory Cheesy Bacon Wrapped Puff Pastry Straws

Sweet-and-Savory-Cheesy-Bacon-Wrapped-Puff-Pastry-Twist-911 package frozen puff pastry,
1 egg, beaten
1-2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, finely shredded (or a mix of your favorite cheeses)
26-30 pieces thin cut bacon (or 18 pieces of thin cut bacon sliced in half lengthwise)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (may sub sage or thyme)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray. Open one sheet of puff pastry on a cutting board. Brush the surface lightly with some of the beaten egg. Sprinkle with your desired amount of cayenne pepper (I did 1 teaspoon per sheet of puff pastry). Sprinkle surface with 1/2 cup of cheese to evenly cover entire surface. Dust a rolling pin lightly with flour and then roll the rolling pin over the cheese to gently press the cheese into the puff pastry. Cut the puff pastry into long 1/2-inch-wide strips and then take each strip, fold in half and pinch the ends together. Now gently twist each strip several times. Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around the twisted pastry and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining puff pastry and bacon until everything has been used. Add the brown sugar, rosemary, salt and pepper to a shallow bowl or pie plate and toss well. Now carefully take each bacon wrapped pastry one at a time and dip it through the brown sugar mixture, using your hands to coat all over the twist. Place each twist back on the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining twists. Bake the twist for 30 to 50 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. My bacon took 50 minutes to cook, but it was on the thicker side. I would start checking them at around 30 minutes and then every 5 to 10 minutes after that to make sure they are not burning. Once the bacon is cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool 5 minutes. Then use a spatula to carefully lift the twists off the baking sheet. Serve!

Pepper Jelly Palmiers

Pepper Jelly Palmiers

1 pepper-jelly-palmiers-sl-x(17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
Parchment paper
1 cup plus 2 T. finely shredded Parmesan cheese
6 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup hot pepper jelly

Roll 1 pastry sheet into a 12- x 10-inch rectangle on lightly floured parchment paper. Sprinkle with half of cheese, 3 Tbsp. chives, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Roll up pastry, jelly-roll fashion, starting with each short side and ending at middle of pastry sheet. Wrap pastry tightly with parchment paper. Repeat procedure with remaining pastry sheet, cheese, chives, salt, and pepper. Freeze pastries 1 to 24 hours. Preheat oven to 375°. Remove pastries from freezer, and let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Cut each roll into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake, in batches, 20 minutes or until golden. Microwave pepper jelly in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute. Spread 1/2 tsp. pepper jelly onto each palmier. Serve immediately.

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts

20 Minute Ham and Cheese Tarts

2 Shee045e32c2b2bafed3057ccc406fad9369ts Puff Pastry, thawed
1/2 cup Flour, for dusting
1 Egg
2 T. Water
2 cups Shredded Cheese
1/2 pound Black Forest Ham Deli Meat, thinly sliced
2 Tomato’s, thinly sliced (optional)
1/2 cup Wilted Spinach (optional)
Tomato Soup, Accompaniment

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet. On a lightly floured surface roll out thawed puff pastry into a 12×9″ rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise, yielding 2 4-½” strips. Cut those two strips crosswise into thirds, to yield six 4×4 ½” pieces. Repeat with second puff pastry sheet. With a knife, score ½” border around the edge of each piece of puff pastry. Use a fork to make five or six pricks into the dough within the border of each piece. This will help keep the middle of each piece from rising. Sprinkle shredded cheese in the middle of each tart. Sprinkle ham over the top of the cheese. If using tomato and spinach, add those on prior to topping with ham. In a small dish or cup, whisk together the egg and water. Using a pastry brush – brush the edges of the puff pastry with the mixture. This will help the edges turn golden brown and crispy. Bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown, on the middle rack and rotate the baking sheet half way through baking. Remove from baking sheet and cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.

Jam Straws

Jam Straws

jamstraws1 package puff pastry (2 sheets)
1/4 C. seedless raspberry jam
Flour for dusting
Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment and set aside. Allow puff pastry to thaw as directed on the package. Dust work surface with flour and lightly dust rolling pin with flour. Roll out puff pastry until about 2″ larger on each side. Cut crosswise into two rectangles. Heat 1/4 C. of jam in microwave for15-20 seconds, just enough to loosen the consistency. With a pastry brush, coat one piece of puff pastry with half the jam. Cover jam-coated piece with the remaining plain piece of puff pastry and gently roll together with rolling pin – not too hard, or your jam will squish out. Slice into long strips and twist, then place on parchment lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool before removing from the pan. Sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Repeat process with second sheet of puff pastry. Very pretty served in colorful paper cones

Artichoke and Feta Puff Pastry Pizza

Artichoke and Feta Puff Pastry Pizza

1 sheet frozen puff pastry (half a 17.3oz box)
1/2 C drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
1 jar (6oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1 C (4oz) pre-crumbled feta cheese
1/3 C pre-chopped pecans or pine nuts (optional)
1 tsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1/2 tsp dried

Preheat oven to 400. Place the puff pastry on a baking sheet or pizza stone and let thaw while you prepare the toppings. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes and the artichoke hearts. Unfold the puff pastry and roll it out to an 8″ square or 8×10″ rectangle, using a rolling pin. Sprinkle on the feta cheese, followed by chopped tomatoes, artichokes, nuts, if using, and oregano. Bake until the pastry puffs up tall and is golden brown, 20-25 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and immediately cut the pizza into squares, with a pizza cutter, and serve.

Puffy Cheese Twists

Puffy Cheese Twists

Slice thawed puff pastry into 1/3” strips. Holding strip at each end, working quickly, dredge it in a shallow dish of grated parmesan cheese. Turn one end clockwise to twist the strip into a gentle corkscrew. Sprinkle with cayenne or paprika. Bake at 400 until golden brown and aromatic, about 15 minutes. Serve alongside a soup and salad, or try it as a dipper for your favorite dip as a change.

Vanilla Sugar Palmiers

Vanilla Sugar Palmiers

vanillapalmiers1/2 cup vanilla sugar
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 sheet puff pastry
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine the sugar and kosher salt. Evenly sprinkle 1/4 cup of the sugar/salt mixture on a clean working surface. Unfold a puff pastry onto the sugar and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of the sugar mixture on top, spreading it evenly on the puff pastry. With a rolling pin, roll the dough until it’s 13 by 13-inches square and the sugar is pressed into the puff pastry on top and bottom. Fold the sides of the square towards the center so they go halfway to the middle. Fold them again so the two folds meet exactly at the middle of the dough. Then fold 1 half over the other half, like closing a book. Slice the dough into 3/8-inch slices and place the slices, cut side up, on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for around 6 minutes, or until the bottom is caramelized and brown; then turn with a spatula and bake another 3 to 5 minutes, until both sides are caramelized. Cool on a wiring rack. Note: You probably will have some sugar left on the board after rolling the puff pastry and that’s okay.

Tomato & Ricotta Tart

Tomato & Ricotta Tart

tomato tart1 pint Whole Milk Ricotta
2 Lemon Zest
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
2 tablespoons Parsley, finely chopped
2 tablespoons Chives, finely chopped
1 sheet Puff Pastry
2-3 various Heirloom Tomatoes, sliced (room temperature)
1/2 cup Basil Leaves, torn
8 ounces Bacon (chopped)
Flakey Sea Salt
Olive Oil
Black Pepper, freshly cracked

Up to a day ahead of time, make the Ricotta mixture. The flavors will continue to blend and enhance the longer it sits. In a mixing bowl combine the Ricotta, Lemon Zest, Parmesan, Egg, Salt, Pepper, Parsley, Chives and 1 tablespoons of Olive Oil. Mix to thoroughly incorporate and refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place your Puff Pastry on a baking sheet and roll it slightly in to more of a rectangle shape. Next, spread the Ricotta filling out to all four edges in a nice even layer, leaving a 1-inch border of crust. Fold the edges in and using your thumb and forefinger, create fluted edges. Bake until golden brown and bubbly looking on top, 30-35 minutes. Be sure to achieve a nice deep golden crust so the middle and bottom aren’t soggy! Meanwhile, preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add Bacon and sauté until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and set aside. Remove from the oven and slide on to a cutting board. Start layering your sliced Tomatoes across the top. Next add the cooked Bacon, torn Basil, a drizzle of Olive Oil, Cracked Pepper, a little more Parmesan and some flaky Salt. Slice in to 9 pieces and serve.

Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

hammy1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1-2 tablespoons of Thyme leaves, picked

1/4 pound black forest ham, sliced

1/2 pound Swiss Gruyere cheese, sliced

1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

 

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan. Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and carefully roll it out to 10 by 12 inches. Place it on a sheet pan and brush the center with the mustard and sprinkle with thyme leaves, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Place a layer first of ham and then cheese, also leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with the egg wash. Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12inches. Place the second sheet on top of the filled pastry, lining up the edges. Cut the edges straight with a small, sharp knife and press together lightly. Brush the top with egg wash and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve hot or warm.

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Tart

Roasted Heirloom Tomato Tart

1/2 (17.3-oz.) package frozen puff pastry, thawed

3 lb. heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices

3 heirloom tomatoes, cut into wedges

1/2 C. olive oil, divided

1 T. chopped fresh thyme

1 T. kosher salt

2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1/2 C. soft goat cheese

2 C. mâche or baby greens

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

1 T. chopped fresh chives

1 T. chopped fresh tarragon

2 T. light balsamic vinaigrette

1/4 C. balsamic vinegar

1/3 C. pitted and chopped brined olives

 

Lay puff pastry out on a work surface. Cut 8, 2 1/2-inch-round disks out of the pastry. Place disks on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place a second sheet of parchment on pastry, and top with another baking sheet to weigh down pastry. Bake at 375° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned; set aside and cool. Brush tomato slices and wedges with 1/4 C. olive oil. Sprinkle evenly with thyme, salt, and pepper, and place tomatoes on baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until tomatoes are soft; cool slightly. Spread pastry rounds evenly with goat cheese. Using a spatula, carefully stack tomato slices evenly on pastry rounds, and top with tomato wedges. Toss greens and next 3 ingredients with vinaigrette in a small bowl. Top each tomato tart evenly with salad. Place tarts on individual serving plates, and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and remaining 1/4 C. olive oil. Sprinkle plates with olives.

 

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa Pockets

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa Pockets

48127731c722fa4b6579ffdedf58112d1 large sheet puffed pastry, thawed

1 ripe avocado, halved and mashed

1/3 cup cream cheese

1/3 cup salsa

Salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste

1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400F and spray two baking sheets with cooking spray (line with foil first for even easier cleanup). Thaw puffed pastry for about 10 minutes. With a knife, slice the pastry into approximately 2-inch by 2-inch squares. (I only used one of the two pastries that came in the box, and made 9 squares, or 4 pockets. You can get 18 squares, or 9 pockets if you use the whole box). On half the squares, place a dollop of avocado, then cream cheese, then salsa. Season with salt and pepper. Use the remaining squares as the tops and place over top the filling. Seal the pockets by pressing the edges with a fork. Seal well so no filling oozes out during cooking. In a small bowl beat an egg with a fork and apply an egg wash to each of the pockets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until desired browning and puffing has occurred.

Savory Italian Palmiers

Savory Italian Palmiers

1 Sheet Frozen Puff Pastry
9 Thin Slices Prosciutto, Salami, pastrami and/or capacola
2 cups Shredded Provolone
4 cloves Garlic, minced
2 T. Dried Basil
2 T. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Crushed Dried Red Pepper Flakes, or to taste
½ tsp. Salt
2 tsp. Black Pepper, or to taste
1 cup Finely Chopped Black (preferably Kalamata) Olives
1 Egg, beaten
½ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Thaw pastry on counter for 15 minutes, then unfold and layer meat and cheese on top, making sure to cover pastry completely. Sprinkle garlic, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and olives over the top evenly. Roll up two opposite sides of pastry until they meet in the middle. Cut into 1/8-inch slices and place on baking sheet, leaving space between them. Brush tops with beaten egg; sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake 6 minutes or until golden and puffy. Remove from baking sheet immediately and cool slightly on wire rack.

Apple & Cheddar Tart

Apple & Cheddar Tart

Apple and Cheddar Tart topped with Arugula 1 5002 large apples (cored and sliced thinly)
1 cup apple cider
1 teaspoon rosemary (chopped)
1 sheet puff pastry (thawed according to the packages directions)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 cups strong cheddar (grated)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups baby arugula
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

Simmer the apple slices in the cider until they just start to turn tender, about 2-3 minutes, remove and set them aside. Simmer the remaining cider to reduce to about 2 tablespoons. Toss the apple slices in the reduced cider and rosemary. Roll the puff pastry out to a 16×10 inch rectangle. Score a line around the puff pastry about 1/2 inch from the edge. Spread the mustard over the pastry inside the scored line followed by 3/4 of the cheese. Spread the apple slices over the cheese and mustard followed by the remaining cheese. Brush the outer edge of the pastry with the olive oil. Bake in a preheated 375F oven until the cheese has melted and the pastry is golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Meanwhile toss the arugula in the oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Serve the apple tart topped with the arugula and enjoy.

Mushroom Pate Filled Puff Pastry Stars

Mushroom Pate Filled Puff Pastry Stars

1 pkg. puff pastry, frozenpate
mushroom-almond pate (recipe below)

Thaw the puff pastry. Make the mushroom-almond pate. (recipe below) Using a large star shaped cookie cutter, cut out star shapes. You will need 2 for each filled star. Oil a cookie sheet or use baking paper to keep the stars from sticking to the cookie sheet. Preheat the oven to the temperature indicated on the package (220 C). Place a star on the cookie sheet and using a spoon, place a spoonful of the mushroom pate in the center. Take a 2nd star, put some water along the inside edges of the star and lay it carefully over the star with the mushroom pate. Gently line up each of the points of the star to match, they will swell and close as they bake. Do this procedure for the rest of the dough. With the left over pieces of dough, you can put them together and roll out the dough again to cut more and thus use all of the dough. Bake the stars for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

Mushroom-Almond Pate

1 cup almonds, ground
50 grams margarine
200 grams mushrooms, chopped
1/2 T. salt
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/8 tbs. white pepper
1/2 cup water

Melt the margarine, add the herbs and olive oil and sauté the mushrooms. Add the water and allow the mixture to season and cook off a bit. When the liquid is about halved, remove from the heat add the ground almonds and puree to a fine pate.

Easy Garlic Puff Pastry Knots

Easy Garlic Puff Pastry Knots

puffpastryknotAll-purpose flour, for dusting

1/2 of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet), thawed

6 tablespoons melted butter

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

 

Heat the oven to 400°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease with butter. Sprinkle a work surface lightly with flour and gently unfold the pastry. Roll the pastry sheet out into a 10-inch square.  Combine the butter with the garlic and parsley. Generously brush the lower half of the pastry sheet with about 1/2 of the butter mixture then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Fold the top half of the pastry down over the garlic mixture and lightly press the edges together then roll over it lightly with the rolling pin.  Cut the pastry into 20 1/2-inch wide strips. Tie each strip into a “knot”. Place the pastries onto 2 baking sheets about an inch or two apart.  Bake 20 – 22 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Remove from oven and brush them with the remaining butter. Best served warm.

 

 

 

Chorizo Puff Pastry Rolls

Chorizo Puff Pastry Rolls

whirls1 square puff pastry

Ricotta cheese

Very thin slices of chorizo

Arugula

Small basil leaves

Grated Hard Cheese

Pepper

1 egg yolk

Roll out the dough thinly. Spread over the ricotta, generous. Layer chorizo, arugula and basil.  Cut into slices about 1cm then crush them lightly between your palms. Place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Brush with egg yolk. Put the baking sheet in a preheated oven at 350 ° to 375 ° and go, leave in the oven for fifteen minutes.

Puff Pastry Pizza Roll

Puff Pastry Pizza Roll

1 sheet of  Puff Pastry (thawed)

Pizza Sauce

Pepperoni

Mozzarella Provolone Cheese

1 egg (lightly beaten)

Dried basil

Heat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Top your puff pastry sheet with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni. Fold over one edge and carefully roll the puff pastry and toppings into a log. Brush a little egg over the top and sprinkle on some dried basil.  Using a very sharp knife cut the pizza roll into slices that are about 3/4 inch thick.   Lay the slices on one side on the parchment paper and bake for about 15 minutes.

puff pastry pizza rolls

Quick Tuna, Corn and Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Quick Tuna, Corn and Puff Pastry Pinwheels

For the pinwheels:

2 sheets fat puff pastry, thawed

1 (425g) can Tuna in springwater

1 (220g) can unsweetened corn kernels

2 sprigs coriander

1 tsp curry powder

2 tbsp macadamia oil // or other oil

1/4 cup finely grated cheddar

Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan forced, 400F, gas mark 6).

To make the stuffing: drain tuna and corn, place in a bowl. Break up tuna chunks with a fork Add curry powder, finely grated cheddar, and finely chopped whole coriander sprigs. Mix well to combine. Add oil and mix to form a rough paste.

To roll the pinwheels: place puff pastry on a sheet of cling wrap to thaw slightly if yours didn’t come on a sheet of plastic already. When pliable, place half the tuna mixture along the edge of the pastry, leaving about 1 cm gap on either end. Compact the mixture together with your hands. Start rolling up the logs from the filled edge until you have a firm even log.

Using a serated knife, cut the log into 2cm wide slices. Repeat with the second sheet and remaining mixture.

Place slices on a baking paper lined tray and bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before serving.

To serve: you can serve these warm or cold with a side of dipping sauce of your choice if you like.

tuna, corn and puff pastry pin wheels

Mini Tomato Tarts

Mini Tomato Tarts

Mini Tomato Tarts

2 T. unsalted butter

1 T. olive oil

1/2 onion sliced

Salt and pepper to taste

2 sheets puff pastry thawed according to package instructions

1 large egg plus 1 tsp. water beaten

2 large tomatoes thinly sliced

1/2 C. pepperjack cheese shredded

Fresh parsley and herbs

 

Melt butter and olive oil in skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions to pan, season with salt and pepper and cook, continuing to stir, until tender and golden brown (this process takes a while- up to 20 minutes) then set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles of dough out of puff pastry and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush egg wash on each pastry circle then top each with a tomato slice in the direct center. Next add caramelized onions on top of each tomato slice and sprinkle shredded cheese. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until tarts are puffy and golden brown and cheese has turned golden and melty. Top with parsley and herbs if you would like. Cool for a few minutes then serve.

 

Notes: Use a round cookie cutter – They create uniform circles ensuring that you have the same size for each tart and also make the job easier.  It also helps with uniform baking.  If you don’t have a round cookie cutter, you can use the back of an empty can.  Don’t skip the egg wash – The egg wash on the puff pastry will give a beautiful glossy and golden-brown color once the tarts are baked.  This is a crucial step.

Cheese and Bacon Swirls

Cheese and Bacon Swirls

Cheese and Bacon Swirls

1 pack all butter puff pastry

5 back bacon rashers, sliced into 1 centimeter strips

3/4 tub cream cheese

75 grams cheddar, grated

1 onion, diced

Handful of parsley, chopped

Salt & pepper to season

1 egg, beaten

 

Pre-heat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Roll out the puff pastry and spread cream cheese all over the surface. Sprinkle evenly all over with cheddar, onion, bacon rashers, parsley and season with salt and pepper. Then roll up one end until you’ve made a swiss roll. Using a sharp knife, slice up into 1inch segments and place on the baking tray. Brush over with egg wash. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until golden.

Puff Pastry Cheese Twists

Puff Pastry Cheese Twists

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, 1/2 (17.3-oz.) package

1/3 C. grated Parmesan

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

2 tsp. minced garlic

1 tsp. dried oregano

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cayenne

1 large egg

All-purpose flour, for dusting

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Thaw the pastry sheet at room temperature covered by a clean kitchen cloth, about 30 minutes. While the pastry is thawing, combine cheese, olive oil, garlic, oregano, salt and cayenne in a small mixing bowl. Stir well to combine. In a clean small mixing bowl, beat the egg with a fork. On a lightly floured surface, gently unfold the pastry.  Sprinkle the pastry lightly with flour and using a rolling pin, roll into a 14 by 10-inch rectangle. Brush the top of the pastry with a beaten egg. Cut in 1/2 lengthwise to form 2 (7 by 10-inch) rectangles. Spread the herb-cheese mixture with the back of a spoon evenly across 1 rectangle. Lay the second rectangle across the coated piece, egg side-down. With the rolling pin lightly roll the 2 sheets together to seal. With a large knife cut crosswise into strips, about 1/3-inch wide each. (Alternately, you can use a pizza wheel to cut the strips.) One at a time, grab the ends of each strip and twist in opposite directions to form a spiral. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheets until cool enough to handle. Serve either warm or at room temperature.

Chickaritos

Chickaritos

3 C. finely chopped cooked chicken

1-1/2 C. (6 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies

1/2 C. finely chopped green onions

1 tsp. hot pepper sauce

1 tsp. garlic salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

1/4 tsp. ground cumin

1/4 tsp. paprika

1 package (17-1/4 oz.) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed or pie pastry for double-crust 10-inch pie

Guacamole

Salsa

 

In a large bowl, combine the chicken, chilies, onions, cheese and seasonings. Chill until ready to use. Remove half of the pastry from refrigerator. On a lightly floured surface, roll to a 9-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Cut into nine small rectangles. Place about 2 T. of filling across the center of each rectangle. Wet edges of pastry with water and roll pastry around filling. Crimp ends with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining pastry and filling. Place seam side down on a lightly greased baking sheet. Refrigerate until ready to heat. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with salsa and guacamole. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Meat and Mushroom Pub Pies

Meat and Mushroom Pub Pies

1/2 frozen puff pastry sheet (one-fourth of a 17 1/4-oz. package), defrosted
1 lb. ground beef sirloin
6 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 C. frozen chopped onion
2 tsp. crushed dried thyme
2 T. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 C. fat-free low-sodium canned beef broth
1 T. bottled steak sauce
1/2 C. frozen peas, rinsed with cold water and drained

Preheat oven to 450�F . On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 6-inch square. Using a sharp knife, cut into twelve 1/2-inch strips. In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef, mushrooms, and onion until beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle mixture with thyme and flour. Add beef broth and steak sauce; cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. Stir in peas. Spoon mixture into individual casserole dishes about 5 inches in diameter. Arrange two pastry strips in a wide X over each casserole. Place a third strip across the center. Press overhangs firmly to sides of casseroles to seal. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 12 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 430
Fat: 22g
Fiber: 3g

Puff Pastry Twists with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Puff Pastry Twists with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions

1/4 C. prepared sun-dried tomato pesto

1/4 C. grated Parmesan

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

 

Roll puff pastry into a 12 by 15-inch rectangle. Spread pesto evenly over pastry, to within 1/8-inch of the edges. Fold dough in half lengthwise. Roll dough out again into a 12 by 5-inch rectangle. Sprinkle Parmesan over new rectangle. Cut dough crosswise into 1/2-inch thick strips. Twist each strip into a corkscrew. Arrange twists on a large baking sheet and press down ends to prevent unrolling. Bake 10 minutes, until puffed up and golden brown.

Talas Boregi (Puff Pastry Meat Pies)

Talas Boregi (Puff Pastry Meat Pies)

1 onion, chopped

2 T. olive oil

1 lb. ground lamb

Salt & pepper

1/2 t. ground cinnamon

1/2 t. ground allspice

3 T. pine nuts

2 T. currants or small black raisins

3-4 T. chopped parsley

1 c. frozen peas

14 oz. frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions

1 egg, separated

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Fry onion in oil until soft and slightly caramelized.  Add lamb, salt, pepper and spices.  Break up pieces of meat with a fork or spatula.  Cook until meat is done and juices are absorbed.  Stir in pine nuts, currants, parsley and peas.  Let cool. Adjust seasoning, if needed. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the thawed puff pastry into 8 pieces.  Roll out each piece a bit on a floured piece of wax paper with a floured rolling pin.  Flip a time or two, dusting each time with flour.  Spread a heaping tablespoon of filling onto one half of each piece of pastry (there will be filling left over, which is good to eat by itself).  Brush the edges of that half of pastry with egg white.  Fold pastry over to cover the filling.  Press edges with the tines of a fork.  Flip over and press the edges of the other side with the fork tines. Place the pastries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Whisk the egg yolk with a drop of water.  Brush the tops of the pastries with the egg yolk/water mixture. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and puffed up.

 

Spinach Feta Puffs

Spinach Feta Puffs

10 oz. frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
2 roasted red peppers, chopped
5 oz. crumbled feta
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 package puff pastry, thawed

Mix everything except puff pastry. Roll mixture in puff pastry and slice into 1 inch spirals. bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.