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Rather than a more traditional pâté, a chicken picadillo is first made and then whirred up for a filling in these little first-course, Haitian puff-pastry packets. The filling is then sealed in the dough and baked. It's highly spiced for sure, but also very aromatic and a nice start to any meal.

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough
Recipe by Cooking Light May 2010

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Credit: Kwaku Alston; Styling: Kevin Crafts

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Yield:
20 servings (serving size: 1 pâté puff)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cut habanero in half. Seed one half of pepper, and leave seeds in other half. Mince both pepper halves. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add minced habanero, onion, and garlic to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add chicken; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add lime juice and vinegar, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add green onions and next 6 ingredients (through nutmeg); stir well. Remove from heat; cool mixture to room temperature.

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  • Place cooled chicken mixture in a food processor; process until almost smooth (mixture will begin to clump).

  • Preheat oven to 400°.

  • Roll puff pastry into a 15 x 12–inch rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut puff pastry into 20 (3-inch) squares. Combine egg and water, stirring with a whisk. Brush egg mixture along edges of pastry squares; spoon about 1 scant tablespoon filling in center of each pastry square. Fold each pastry square in half; press edges closed with tines of a fork. Brush top with egg wash; arrange 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

102 calories; fat 5.7g; saturated fat 1.6g; mono fat 3.2g; poly fat 0.3g; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 7.7g; fiber 0.6g; cholesterol 17mg; iron 0.7mg; sodium 139mg; calcium 6mg.
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