Puff Pastry Recipes

20 Playful Ways to Use Puff Pastry Recipe

20 Playful Ways to Use Puff Pastry

08.26.14 by Jackie

Today, I gathered my favorite recipes to show how you can utilize puff pastry (or savory pastry dough) in a playful way. Savory tarts, puff pastry logs turned into fancy appetizers, fruit wrappers, you name it! Puff pastry is decadent comfort food, but with an elegant touch.

Below are the photos and links to the recipes of my 20 favorite puff pastry dishes. It's fun to look back at what I've fed my family and see the wide variety of cuisines, ingredients and techniques. I hope this inspires you to be a little adventurous in the kitchen and come up with your own dishes using one of my favorite ingredients.

 


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Edamame and Artichoke Appetizers Recipe

Edamame and Artichoke Appetizers

09.12.13 by Jackie

I've just touched down in France! We landed a few hours ago and I'm ready to go to sleep, but before heading to my old childhood bedroom, I wanted to share with you a savory appetizer recipe that was inspired by a North African dessert called chebakia. I grew up in a suburb of Paris and I often enjoyed North African treats after school. This takes me back!

I used store-bought puff pastry and folded it in the same manner as the Moroccan sesame-spiced cookie (chebakia is folded in the shape of a flower, fried and drizzled with honey), then used an edamame and artichoke filling. It might look all fancy but it's very easy and delicious. 


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Coconut Macaroon Pie Recipe Recipe

Coconut Macaroon Pie Recipe

06.07.13 by Jackie

This week has gone by so fast, I can't believe it's already Dessert Friday! To celebrate the end of school (and finals) and to reward the girls for their hard work, I decided to bake a pie.

The girls love coconut macaroons, so I decided to prepare a coconut macaroon pie. I made the filling with sweetened shredded coconut flakes and sweetened condensed milk. I served the pie with coconut flavored whipped cream, but I think coconut ice cream would have been even better! 


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Smoked Eggplant Tart Recipe Recipe

Smoked Eggplant Tart Recipe

06.05.13 by Jackie

I had one leftover smoked eggplant from the weekend. I used large, heavy, firm eggplants that I brushed with a bit of oil so the oil could absorb the smoky flavor from the hot charcoals. This evening, I peeled the paper-like skin and processed it with sesame chutney (til chutney in Urdu). I fried a shallot, added a little mound of butter, then added ground beef, fresh dill and tomatoes. This preparation made the perfect filling for a savory tart.

If you do not have a grill, you could replicate similar flavors using an Indian cooking method, which was my husband's grandmother's. Simply heat a piece of charcoal, preferably natural charcoal, directly over a flame until it's bright red and transfer it to small metal tin that you place in the center of a saucepan filled with the puréed eggplant. Drizzle a little oil over the hot coal to provide smoke, then immediately cover the saucepan with a lid to trap the smoke and let infuse into the spread.


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Grilled Eggplant Tartlet Recipe Recipe

Grilled Eggplant Tartlet Recipe

04.08.13 by Jackie

I love grilling vegetables. They can be served as is as a side dish or coarsely chopped in a salad. They also can act as the basis of flavorful spreads. Recently, I opted for the latter and created a smoky eggplant spread flavored with onion, garlic, grape molasses, tahini, a few herbs and sea salt; to ensure the eggplant would blend smoothly in the food processor, I added delicious Chardonnay cider I discovered at Trader Joe's. The result is out of-this-world delicious. You could stop the work right there and serve the spread in a bowl with lavash bread or pita bread, but I fancied it up by using it as a filling in mini-tartlets

This appetizer is not only cute, it's very easy to prepare. I let the girls prepare the eggplant spread and assemble the one bite-sized appetizers while I was preparing dinner.  I had two goals in mind. First, it kept them occupied and they had fun at the same time, instead of asking "is dinner ready yet?" The second main reason is that now since they now know how to make this, they can help out with very little supervision whenever we have guests over. I find it very valuable to get the girls involved in the kitchen. They appreciate food more when they know where it came from, and as I keep reminding them, they'll be thankful to know basics when they're on their own at college. 


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