Monday, December 8, 2014

Puff Pastry Bites, Uncommon Goods and a Giveaway

With the holidays approaching, you might want to have a few recipes for appetizers at the ready. These puff pastry bites couldn't be easier. They freeze well too. You use packaged puff pastry dough, and in my case, leftover vegetables. I already had some roasted butternut squash, swiss chard, mushrooms and caramelized onions for the gnocchi dish I posted here. But I had more than I needed, so I transformed the leftovers into these appetizers. Use any vegetables you like - artichoke hearts, broccoli bits or spinach also come to mind. Add some cheese too, for a richer taste. For the ones below, I just cut the pastry into little squares and popped them into a mini muffin tin, then filled them with the squash and caramelized onions before baking.
For these spirals, I rolled out a sheet of the puff pastry and spread it with a mixture of the chopped Swiss chard and mushrooms. Then I added a layer of asiago cheese and rolled it up like a jelly roll, sliced it and baked it.
I served them on these handsome slate boards that were sent to me by Uncommon Goods. The company sells a variety of high quality gifts, for men, women and children. You'll find a plethora of holiday shopping ideas on their website, including these beautiful slate boards.

They're made by Brooklynites whose family has owned a quarry in upstate New York for three generations. They're available in both a grey slate and a terra cotta color too and they look great when serving all sorts of food.
They're perfect for serving cheeses too, and arrive with pieces of chalk, especially useful if you're offering different kinds of cheeses.
  The company has a variety of other gifts available too, for both home entertaining or appropriate for gifting to men, women and children. Check out their site here.
Wouldn't you like to have one of these slateboards to use for your holiday entertaining? Just leave a message in the comments on the blog (NOT on email) saying whether you'd like the grey or terra cotta colored slate, and be sure to leave a way for me to contact you - email is best. I'll have the computer generate one lucky winner and the company will mail you the slate board a short time later. You'll love it!

Puff Pastry Bites
printable recipe here
1 package puff pastry, completely thawed
(I used leftover vegetable for the filling, but if you want to start from scratch use the following:)
2 T. olive oil
1/2 large onion, sliced thinly
1 cup butternut squash, diced into small pieces
2 T. olive oil
salt, pepper
fresh herbs, finely chopped (rosemary, thyme)

Sauté the onions in the olive oil until golden. Remove from the pan, set aside, but cut into small bits. Add 2 T. more olive oil and sauté the squash, adding a bit of water if the squash starts to stick to the pan. Season with salt, pepper and herbs, and when the squash is cooked through, add the onions back to the pan.
Spray a small muffin pan with non-stick spray. Cut the puff pastry in small squares and push them down into the spaces in the muffin pan. Fill with a mixture of the vegetables and bake in a 400 degree oven about 20 minutes or longer, or until the pastry is golden.

For the spirals, spread the puff pastry out flat then spread with the following:
chopped spinach that's been sautéed with minced onion, salt and pepper, mixed with sautéed, minced mushrooms (mine were leftovers). Spread some grated asiago cheese over the vegetables, then roll like a jelly roll. Cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick, then place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 400 degree oven about 20 minutes or longer, until pastry is golden.

Bookmark and Share


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Wonderful food! Those bites look very tempting.



Crowefan0517 said...

Slate for me!! Love it - and your blog.

Jacki @ Two Forks One Love said...

These will be perfect for Christmas! I love the slate board. My email is

Lynda Del Castillo said...

I like the terra cotta colored slate one.
lyndadawinda1074 (at) yahoo (dot) com

janie said...

First of all, I wish I was attending one of your parties where these great hors d'oeuvres were being served! I would love the slate board.

Manda said...

Love the gray. mandaoverturf at yahoo dot com

Chiara Giglio said...

che splendide idee Linda, anche io oggi ho pensato all'aperitivo !

Samantha Preston said...

They are both beautiful, I'm thinking grey though.

SEMS Library Lady said...

I just bought 6 boxes of puff pastry sheets at Trader Joes for this reason! I love making appetizers and desserts with them. Your Swiss chard and mushroom ones will be showing up soon at our house.

I love the grey slate!


AdriBarr said...

What a wonderful appetizer. It is so nice to have these thing ready to go! The slate boards are beyond cool. I'll go for terra cotta if I am the lucky winner! Thanks for the chance to win.

Frank Fariello said...

This illustrates one the things I love about cooking—how you can slight alter your method and come up with something so completely different with essentially the same ingredients. Love it!

Patti Panuccio said...

I think I'm going to try chopped oysters in the spiral, It's oyster season on the Gulf Coast of Texas and they would look good on the gray slate.

Claudia said...

Love them both and that they use vegetables. Love the idea of the spirals. Wish I needed a board because they are quite lovely. I'm in the paring down part of my life! Did I mention how beautiful you make everything look?

Sheryll And Critters. said...

Oh I love the spirals. I would have never known to slice them before baking... thank you and love you. I can actually make both of these.

I love both, but I choose the grey slate.

And I am curious about the oils and the slate.. do they not absorb and stain. ya know what I mean?

My puter died, so I have not been able to do much and still have an older... yes older puter and trying to hang in here.

Thank you for the lovely recipes you give to us.

Judy Clark said...

I love both colors, but choose the terracotta ... and would love to put your Puff Pastry bites on one. jclark52 (at) gmail (dot) com

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Linda I have one of these wonderful slates already--the terra cotta one, but I would not mind having a second in black! I love it and all the wonderful items in the Uncommon Goods catalog. I've been purchasing things from them for many years.

Your puff pastry bites look delicious!

Newlywed Cook said...

Ooh Terra cotta color is so pretty! And I love all these puff pastry concoctions! email:

Heather Zysk said...

Terra cotta all the way! These recipes look yum!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love making appetizers with puff pastry and yours look delicious, Linda!

What beautiful slate boards! I love he color of the terra cotta one!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I don't always keep puff pastry in my freezer but during the holidays I need to stock up so I can make cute little appetizers like this, and I'd love to place them on that pretty Terra Cotta board!

Aunt Mary said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Aunt Mary said...

Aunt Mary??? This is Susan Dowd

Roz Corieri Paige said...

What a wonderful array of appetizers for the holidays or anytime! My favorite way of noshing at this indulgent time of year! Thank you for the kind opportunity for a giveaway. If selected, I would love the grey slate board to display my favorite cheeses on. Buon Natale season, mia amica,

V Martinez said...

Terra cotta color please. Thanks!