Puff Pastry Appetizers

 

A timesaving freezer staple, puff pastry is the perfect base for creating easy, last-minute hors d'oeuvres.

 

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Cheese and Spinach Puff Pastry Pockets

Giada cuts out the center of baked puff pastry shells and fills them with a mixture of spinach, Italian cheeses and chopped green onions. The result is a perfect, bite-size savory tart.

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Pastelitos de Carne (Picadillo-Filled Pastries)

A staple at any Cuban-American party, these flaky pastries are stuffed with a well-seasoned ground beef filling that's cooked in a sofrito of peppers and onions. They can be as hearty as full-size empanadas or cut into smaller tapas-size rounds to feed a crowd.

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Onion Tarts

Elevate ingredients you probably have in your fridge –– onions, herbs and feta –– by tucking them into puff pastry and baking these quick and easy tarts.

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Chevre and Walnut Tartlets

Tangy goat cheese, sweet figs and crunchy walnuts are mounted on buttery puff pastry in Laura Calder's quick side dish. Serve it with greens and a swirl of Port syrup on the side.

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Totally Lazy Mini Sausage Rolls

These crowd-pleasing bites put a savvy spin on pigs in a blanket with herby, snack-size sausages and a sprinkling of thyme leaves. To guarantee that the sausage does not escape its roll during cooking, slip off the sausage "skin" before rolling it in the pastry.

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Rosemary Palmiers

These savory scrolls work as both a super-quick party canape and an easy snack for yourself. Slice them thinly and brush the tops with egg wash to ensure crisp and golden brown edges.

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Tomato Tart Tatin with Thyme Whipped Goat Cheese

Bite-size and savory, these little pastries put a spin on the traditionally sweet tart tatin. In this version, cherry tomatoes replace the classic apples and the little tarts are inverted to reveal a gooey, caramelized surface with a creamy goat cheese topping.

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Duck and Dogs on a Blanket

These meaty stacked bites take pigs in a blanket to new heights. Shredded duck confit and sliced hot dogs meet in the middle under sweet balsamic onions as a juicy, over-the-top party app.

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Spinach and Potato Puffs

Go for carbs on top of carbs with Laura Vitale's puff pastry pouches stuffed with potato, spinach, Parmesan and white cheddar.

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Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry Bites

Simplify spanakopita by stuffing puff pastry with a frozen spinach, feta and nutmeg filling. After 15 minutes in the oven, you'll have golden brown, puffy pyramids that are ready to party.

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Roast-Pork Pastry Puffs

Serve this dim sum-style starter that utilizes sesame seed-sprinkled puff pastry. The pork tenderloin filling is marinated in a ginger and rice-wine soy sauce for authentic flavor.

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