With so many holiday gatherings the need for appetizers seems to pop up frequently this time of year . It’s nice to have a variety of appetizer recipes in your arsenal. I love it when I find a recipe that yields a large quantity for my efforts. Today’s recipe uses Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. It comes frozen so you can keep a package in your freezer for easy appetizers and desserts. These are not my best photos – no natural light at night this time of year! But these are so cute! I love the heart shape – I’m a sap – what can I say?
With ingredients like pesto, sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and Roquefort cheese baked inside puff pastry you know you have a winner!
Since I had never made palmiers before( which by the way are usually thought of as a sweet and made with sugar and cinnamon) it was a little tricky to figure out how to roll these up. I doubted my first attempt so I went on line and found a video to make sure I was doing this correctly. Work with one sheet of thawed puff pastry at a time. Roll out on a floured surface (my Corian counter top is good for this) and sprinkle with half of the pesto, sun dried tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and cheese.
Fold each end halfway to the center.
Why doesn’t my kitchen look all neat and clean the way the kitchens on the TV Food network look? I need me some of those kitchen fairies who clean up while I cook! Maybe Santa will bring me some.
Leave a little tiny space in the center.
Then fold each side again towards the center, until the folded edges almost touch.
Finally fold one side over the other and press lightly.
Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat mat. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes before slicing.
Some of the palmiers unrolled a little or ended up having odd shapes but no matter how they look the taste is awesome! They are good hot out of the oven or at room temperature.
Hubby Tom even ate some leftovers cold right out of the frig! Yummy!
• 1 package frozen Pepperidge Farm puff pastry, defrosted
• 1/4 cup prepared pesto, store bought ( home made if you have it)
• 1/2 cup crumbled Roquefort cheese (original recipe called for goat cheese)
• 1/4 cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes in oil, drained
• 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
• Kosher salt optional – the cheese was salty enough – so I didn’t use any extra
Lightly flour a board and carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the pastry lightly with a rolling pin until it’s 9 1/2 by 11 1/2-inches. Spread the sheet of puff pastry with half the pesto, then sprinkle with half the cheese, half the sun dried tomatoes, and half the pine nuts. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Working from the short ends, fold each end halfway to the center. Then fold each side again towards the center until the folded edges almost touch. Fold one side over the other and press lightly. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the entire instructions for the second sheet of puff pastry using the remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut the prepared rolls of puff pastry in 1/4 inch thick slices and place them face up 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 14 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm
Yield: 60 appetizers Serving Size: 2 palmiers
Per Serving: calories 110, fat 7.8, chol. .43mg, Sodium 55 mg, Carbs 8.5, fiber 0.38g, Protien 1.63 g WWPP 3
Recipe Source: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics cookbook
The original recipe calls for using goat cheese but in typical fashion I subbed what I had in my cheese drawer. I was recently sent a sample of Roguefort cheese by Ile DE France to try and review. It is the perfect cheese for this appetizer. Ile DE France Roquefort cheese is soft, creamy and salty.
The cheese is made from the milk of grass fed sheep. The penicillium Roguefortii is extracted from their own home baked bread. No other cheese make uses their own bread to produce the cheeses blue mold. The bread is baked in traditional wood ovens and then aged in curing caves to develop it’s blue mold. This process results in it’s tangy flavor and creamy texture. Roquefort is named after the Southern French village of Roquefort in Aveyron.
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It has been a busy hectic week here and I imagine that most of you are experiencing the same thing in your part of the world! I did manage to have a girls night out with a couple of friends earlier in the week. We ate at a Vietnamese restaurant and the food was outstanding! We shared some Vietnamese salad wraps with shrimp that were delicious. As you know I love trying new foods be it in a restaurant or in my own kitchen.
Last night I made my old standby of Chicken Enchiladas but this time I used Trader Joes enchilada sauce. It has some kick to it! Hubby Tom and I liked it a lot. I also made half a pan of chicken enchiladas with Verde Sauce and those were also delicious. There is so much leftover that I won’t have to cook today – love that!
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