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Savoury Hors D’Oeuvres

Used in conjunction with the Puff Pastry Dough recipe from this episode.

The Sesame Cheese Straws recipe makes 12-16 two-bite straws.

The Pesto Palmiers recipe makes about 16 two-bite palmiers.

The Tapenade Pockets recipe makes 12 pockets.

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Ingredients

Sesame Cheese Straws

125
gram Puff Pastry Dough OR 1/2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the fridge
1
egg whisked with 2 Tbsp water, for brushing
4
tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
2
tbsp sesame seeds

Pesto Palmiers

125
gram Puff Pastry Dough OR 1/2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the fridge
2
tbsp pesto

Tapenade Pockets

125
gram Puff Pastry Dough OR 1/2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed in the fridge
2
tbsp olive tapenade
1
egg whisked with 2 Tbsp water, for brushing
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Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 2

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to an 8-inch square. Brush the entire surface with eggwash and sprinkle it with the Parmesan and sesame seeds. Fold the pastry in half and then cut strips about ½-inch wide. Twist these a few times and place an inch apart on the prepared baking tray. Chill the straws for 10 minutes.

Step 3

Bake the straws for about 20 minutes, until a rich golden brown (the twists may unwind a little as they bake, but they will still look nice when finished).

Step 4

The straws will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Step 5

Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 6

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to an 8-inch square. Spread the pesto over the entire surface of the pastry. Roll the pastry up from opposing sides, so that the spirals meet in the middle. Wrap and chill the pastry for 20 minutes (or this can be prepared a day ahead and chilled.

Step 7

Slice the pastry into palmiers that are just over ¼-inch thick and place them on the prepared baking tray leaving 1 ½-inches between them. Bake for 10 minutes, then flip the palmiers over and continue to bake for about another 10 minutes, until a rich golden brown.

Step 8

The palmiers will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Step 9

Preheat the oven to 375 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Step 10

On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to an 8-inch square. Cut 12 circles using a 2 ½-inch cookie cutter and place these on the prepared baking tray. Brush the outside edges of the pastry with the eggwash. Spoon a little tapenade into the centre of each circle. Fold each circle of pastry in half and gently press the edges together. Brush the tops of the pockets with eggwash and chill for 10 minutes.

Step 11

Bake the pockets for about 20 minutes, until a rich golden brown.

Step 12

The pockets will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

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