If dinner time is looming and you’re looking to break free from the tried and true, then unleash the hidden power of puff pastry. While it is a treat to make it from scratch, the frozen version can be a dinner winner on busy weeknights. From quick, fresh pizza to pasta pie, these brilliant recipes that use it in some deliciously unexpected ways.
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Angel Hair Pasta Pie
This deep-dish Italian pie conceals a hidden surprise inside: angel-hair pasta, combined with spicy Italian sausage, tomato sauce, spinach and melted mozzarella cheese. Make it once and it’s guaranteed to become a family favourite!
Puff Pastry Pizza
A favourite of The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, nothing could be simpler — or more sensationally satisfying — than substituting puff pastry for dough with this pizza-inspired entrée that can be topped with your favourite meats, cheeses and veggies.
Mini Breakfast Strata
These hand-held brunch bites are perfect for noshing while mingling, and filled with a crowd-pleasing selection of fresh vegetables, ham and cheese atop flaky rounds of puff pastry.
Fig and Onion Pizza
Christine Cushing offers this clever take on Pissaladiere, a traditional favourite from the south of France. Using puff pastry instead of pizza dough results in a fluffy, flaky crust, topped with a sweet-and-savoury combo of figs, onions, thyme, olives and blue cheese.
15-Minute Chicken Pot Pie
If you want hearty chicken pot pie but without the time and effort it takes to make homemade puff pastry, try this easy recipe using store-bought puff pastry that’s cooked until crisp, and placed on top of a creamy pot pie filling.
Curry Chicken Pot Pie
Forget pot pies that take hours to assemble — this quickened-up recipe employs store-bought puff pastry, cooked chicken (use up those leftovers!) and tons of frozen veggies.
Puff Pastry Pepperoni Pizza Roll
Puff pastry is substituted for pizza dough in this unique recipe for a pizza-inspired dish that makes an ideal appetizer or dinner dish in its own right, bursting with zesty pepperoni and salami, gooey mozzarella with some chopped banana peppers and red pepper flakes adding extra heat.
Get the recipe for Puff Pastry Pepperoni Pizza Roll
Balsamic, Burrata & Roasted Tomato Tarts
The balsamic and burrata tart is like a pizza-fide version of an antipasto plate, splashed with a hint of tart balsamic and nestled on a bed of buttery puff pastry.
Get the general flavours of a traditional tourtière with flaky puff pastry stretched over a mix of savoury vegetables and brown lentils. Top it with sweet tomato chili sauce or a tomato chutney for a sweet/tart contrast.