You came to check out your fridge and found a package of puff pastry that’s going to expire soon? Sure, it won’t spoil the day after its expiration date, but it’s not an expired food you can always eat either. So it is necessary to act so as not to end up throwing it in the trash, which is the same as throwing money out the window! But what to do with ready-made puff pastry for an appetizer or as a dessert? Here are some great ideas that are easy to make in no time!
What do you do with puff pastry for appetizers?
Not sure what to do with puff pastry and fresh tomatoes? Use this sweet summer fruit wisely by making a delicious tart that’s perfect for appetizers with friends. With just a few simple ingredients and virtually no effort, it is sure to impress all of your guests. Ingredients for 4 people are:
1 kg tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 package of artificial puff pastry, thawed according to manufacturer’s instructions
3/4 – 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
Pinch of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 large egg, lightly beaten
A few drops of extra virgin olive oil
Delicious tomato tart
Preheat the oven to 200°C and place the rack in the middle. Cut the tomatoes into thin slices and place them in a large baking dish lined with a paper towel. Sprinkle them generously with salt and let them rest for 10 minutes to drain. Meanwhile, grease a large baking sheet with oil or line it with parchment paper.
Spread the thawed puff dough out on a work surface and place on the baking tray as is or cut into squares for individual servings. Prick all parts of the fork with a fork, leaving about one to two centimeter free edge. Top with sliced tomatoes, overlapping if necessary and avoiding borders, feta cheese and onions.
Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Brush the edges of the pie with the beaten egg and bake for 40 minutes or until the edges are golden. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil just before serving and enjoy in company! Finally, if you’re looking for a sweet and savory recipe, check out this irresistible Fig, Cheese and Honey Tart recipe!
Other appetizers based on puff pastry
Wondering what to do with puff pastry when the occasion gets a little fancy? Then Queen Bites and other types of puff pastry appetizers are just what you need! Additionally, you can fill bean-o-vents with veal and mushroom Paris or chicken with supreme sauce, shrimp or other seafood of your choice, etc.
Chocolate puff pastry recipe
If you’re not looking for delicious recipes, you’re probably wondering what to do with puff pastry for sweetening? Well, nothing is easier and faster than the pain chocolate that everyone loves! To prepare enough for 4 people, you will need:
1 bag of butter dough
A piece of dark chocolate or 100 grams of chocolate chips, according to your personal preference
1 egg yolk
3-4 tablespoons of powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C and roll out the thawed, but still firm, pancake batter on the work surface. Cut them into rectangles for classic bread rolls or into squares to make chocolate croissants. Arrange several squares of chocolate at the end of each rectangle (or in the center of the squares) and roll them over on themselves.
Line a baking tray with baking paper and arrange small bundles of chocolate puff pastry in it. Brush with egg yolk and bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is golden. Remove from the oven, let cool completely and sprinkle with powdered sugar (to taste) just before serving.
Can you make tart tatin in puff pastry?
If chocolate pastries aren’t your thing, maybe you’d like to try a slightly modern classic? This is a subject of contention, but several sources indicate that the original tart tatin recipe requires the preparation of a short pastry. However, the use of shortbread or puff pastry is quite possible and the result is more than wonderful. Whether you prefer a pear tartine or a classic apple dessert, follow the links for each and you won’t be disappointed…Also find out how to use puff pastry scraps in 5 creative ways!