Use the versatile puff pastry to create a variety of festive and impressive appetizers.
Little Lamb PastriesThe filling is based on picadillo, a Latin dish of ground meat with flavorings that vary by region. This version, with sweet raisins and salty olives, is Cuban-influenced. You can freeze unbaked pastries up to a month ahead; bake from frozen for a few minutes longer.
Holiday Brie en CrouteThis 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 QuichesFive ingredients and 5 minutes of baking gets you these tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.
Caramelized Onion-Apple BitesThe 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 PuffsCut 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 StrawsIn 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 PastryBiting 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 PuffsTop 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 SandwichesCut 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 BlanketUsing 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.