Puff Pastry Appetizers

Keep versatile puff pastry on hand during the holidays and create a variety of festive and impressive appetizers.

  • <p>Holiday Brie en Croute</p>

    Holiday Brie en Croute

    This pastry-wrapped soft cheese, topped with cranberries, apricots and almonds, is great for the holidays but it's so good, you'll want to serve it year-round.

  • Mini Quiches
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Mini Quiches

    Five ingredients and 5 minutes of baking gets you these tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.
  • Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites
    Leo Gong

    Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites

    The combination of sweet caramelized onion, tart apple, and fontina cheese is hard to beat, especially when it's spooned on top of pastry triangles. Plus, this is an appetizer that you can make in advance—a perfect choice for your busy holiday season.
  • Mushroom Puffs
    Annabelle Breakey

    Mushroom Puffs

    Cut puff pastry dough into rounds, fill with a rich mushroom mixture and a savory custard, then bake to get a quiche-like filling in tender pastry cups.
  • Zaatar Straws
    Annabelle Breakey

    Zaatar Straws

    In this fun use of puff pastry, top the pastry with olive oil and spices, cut into strips, and then twist the strips into bundles. Zaatar is a savory Middle Eastern spice mix that typically includes sesame seeds, thyme, marjoram, and sumac. Serve these breadstick-like bundles with Garlicky Yogurt Dip.
  • Spinach and Artichokes in Puff Pastry

    Spinach and Artichokes in Puff Pastry

    Biting into one of these hearty appetizers is like eating spinach-artichoke dip that's rolled up in a rich pastry. You can make these ahead and freeze them up to three months.
  • Quick Brisket Puffs
    James Carrier

    Quick Brisket Puffs

    Top tender cooked beef brisket with onion chutney, wrap in a square of puff pastry, and bake until the pastry is golden brown. These mini-sandwiches are perfect for a holiday buffet.
  • Mini Salami Puff Sandwiches
    Photo: Mikkel Vang

    Mini Salami Puff Sandwiches

    Cut puff pastry sheets into small rounds and top with salami, lettuce, and roasted red peppers. The green and red of the lettuce and roasted pepper gives these mini sandwiches a festive holiday appearance.
  • Pigskins in a Blanket
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Pigskins in a Blanket

    Using puff pastry instead of crescent roll dough to wrap up the sausages adds a great deal of richness and flavor. And replacing the pig in this version of pigs in a blanket is fully-cooked chicken sausage.
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