12 Puff Pastry Appetizers for Your Next Party
A well-known speciality of French cuisine, puff pastry made from scratch is a time-consuming, multi-step affair. So much so, that most cooks opt to use the store-bought frozen version when whipping up dishes like pinwheels, turnovers, and more. Although similar to phyllo dough, puff pastry contains less water and produces a, well, puffier end result. This holiday season, considering branching out and reaching for versatile puff pastry to create a variety of festive and impressive appetizers, ranging from tarts and turnovers to quiches and baked brie.
Individual Beef Phillyngtons
Everyone enjoys a Philly cheesesteak or a beef wellington, but merge the two and you have the always crowd-pleasing beef phillyngton. Get the best of both worlds with these individual masterpieces of puff pastry, filet mignon, onion, and bell pepper.
Savory Carrot Ribbon Tart
Savory Carrot Ribbon Tart Recipe
With its tangle of bright carrot strips and bits of spicy chorizo, this beautiful tart makes an exciting appetizer or even a light main dish. An all-butter puff pastry, such as Dufour, gives especially flavorful and flaky results, but it's delicious made with any kind of puff pastry.
Chicken Potpie Pockets
Savory chicken and veggies are sandwiched between crispy sheets of puff pastry to make Chicken Potpie Pockets. These flavorful potpie pockets are great for kids and adults alike, and are sure to become a family favorite in no time.
Cheese Puff Pastries
Serve these savory cheese puff pastries atop our Apple-Onion Soup for a light first course at your next holiday dinner.
Five ingredients and five minutes of baking gets you these tasty pastry cups filled with egg and cheese and topped with bacon.
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.
Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites
Caramelized Onion-Apple Bites Recipe
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.
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 Recipe
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.
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce Recipe
This healthier take on pigs-in-a-blanket calls for pressing cut chicken sausage links into squares of puff pastry, brushing with an egg wash, and baking for 18 to 20 minutes. These puffs pair perfectly with our homemade mustard dipping sauce.
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp Recipe
Want to impress your guests? Then whip up a batch of these delectable puff pastry-wrapped shrimp stuffed with a mix of cheese, bacon and parsley. They're superb!
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Turnovers
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Turnovers Recipe
Chopped rotisserie chicken and frozen puff pastry sheets are perfect shortcuts for this easy, crowd-pleasing appetizer. These impressive turnovers are perfect for gatherings, like holiday parties and tailgates, and come together at the last minute. Serve leftover filling with pasta to get even more mileage out of this recipe.