puff pastry http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/16335/all en-US 30 Easy and Impressive Frozen Puff Pastry Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/puff-450047511.jpg" alt="puff pastry" title="puff pastry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love to bake from scratch, but one of my favorite guilty pleasures and last-minute dinner party tricks is frozen puff pastry. It's fast, flaky, and deliciously buttery; and it can be used to make impressive-looking savory and sweet dishes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-easy-and-scrumptious-microwaveable-desserts?ref=seealso">23 Microwaveable Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>Savory</h2> <p>From elegant hors d'oeuvres to main dishes, puff pastry can help you impress dinner party guests fast.</p> <h3>1. Butternut Squash Tart With Fried Sage</h3> <p>I love the crisp texture and taste of fried sage, which is paired with butternut squash, shaved Parmesan, and hot chili honey in this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butternut-Squash-Tart-with-Fried-Sage-51117300">unique savory tart</a>.</p> <h3>2. Baked Eggs in Puff Pastry Cups</h3> <p>These <a href="http://www.thevintagemixer.com/2011/06/baked-eggs-and-the-summer-issue-of-sweet-paul-magazine/">eggs in puff pastry cups</a> would make a really lovely light brunch dish, possibly paired with some fruit.</p> <h3>3. Brie in Puff Pastry With Cherries, Pecans, and Rosemary</h3> <p>I love savory-sweet combinations that incorporate rosemary, so I'm especially excited about this twist on the classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Dried-Cherries-Pecans-and-Rosemary-Brie-en-Croute/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">brie-in-puff-pastry</a>. Put this out at a party, and it will be eaten <em>fast</em>.</p> <h3>4. Parmesan Rosemary Puff Pastry Straws</h3> <p>These straws combine <a href="http://drizzleanddip.com/2013/02/04/how-to-make-cheese-straws-with-parmesan-and-rosemary-and-other-easy-puff-pastry-snacks">mustard, cheese, and rosemary with puff pastry</a> and could be used as an appetizer or a replacement for rolls. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-simple-seafood-appetizers-to-impress-your-guests?ref=seealso">Simple Seafood Appetizers</a>)</p> <h3>5. Caramelized Onion and Apple Tarts</h3> <p>I love caramelized anything, and especially onions. They're combined with apple and Gruyere cheese in <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/caramelized-onion-and-apple-tarts.html">these tarts</a> suitable for a first course.</p> <h3>6. Chicken Pot Pie</h3> <p>This puff-pastry-topped <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Family-Size-Chicken-Pot-Pie-105863">chicken pot pie</a> makes enough for a big family.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/puff-186053029-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h3>7. Cranberry Turkey Puff Pastry Bites</h3> <p>These little <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/appetizerrecipe1/r/cranturkeypuffp.htm">cranberry-turkey puff pastry bites</a> are a great way to reuse Thanksgiving leftovers (or give yourself the taste of Thanksgiving any other time of the year). (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food?ref=seealso">Fancy Ways to Use Leftover Food</a>)</p> <h3>8. Chicken and Black Bean Empanadas</h3> <p>If you're looking for a quick-and-tasty recipe to bring to a potluck or have around for a football-watching party, these <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/chicken-and-bean-puff-pastry-empanadas-recipe/index.html">chicken and black bean empanadas</a> are a great selection.</p> <h3>9. Oxtail Tatin</h3> <p>This epic <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Oxtail-Tatin">oxtail tatin</a> combines oxtail with cognac, thyme, juniper berries, and tomatoes to create a lovely dish for fall or winter.</p> <h3>10. Spinach Cheese Casserole</h3> <p>The home chef's photo that accompanies this <a href="http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/side/vegetable/spinach-cheese-casserole-in-puff-pastry.html">spinach cheese casserole</a> is not going to win any food photography contests, but it's hard to go wrong with a combination of spinach, cheese, and puff pastry.</p> <h3>11. Beef Wellington</h3> <p>I'm not sure what the story behind the full name of these &quot;<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/well-deserved-well-dressed-individual-beef-wellingtons-with-steamed-broccoli-spears-recipe/index.html">Well Deserved, Well Dressed Individual Beef Wellingtons</a>&quot; recipe is, but it makes for a rich and impressive main course.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/puff-120514386-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h3>12. Mini Quiches With Fresh Herbs</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/60546/fresh-herb-mini-quiches">mini quiche appetizer</a> comes directly from puff pastry producers Pepperidge Farm.</p> <h3>13. Kale and Olive Tarts</h3> <p>I love the salty combination of olives and feta in these dinner-party-worthy <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Kale-Tarts-with-Fennel-and-Olives">kale and olive tarts</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-with-kale-easy-recipes-for-real-people?ref=seealso">Easy Kale Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>14. Crab Pot Pie</h3> <p>A nautical twist on the traditional pot pie, these crab pot pies are quick thanks to the use of <a href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Joes-Stone-Crab-Pot-Pie">store-bought soup</a>.</p> <h2>Sweet</h2> <p>I love buttery desserts, which means I really love puff pastry desserts. Try some of these quick and excellent recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts?ref=seealso">Fast &quot;Fake&quot; Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>15. Palmiers</h3> <p>These pastries might be the simplest impressive thing you ever make &mdash; all you need for tasty, flaky <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Sweet-Palmiers-106763">palmiers</a> is frozen puff pastry and sugar.</p> <h3>16. Pumpkin Spice Palmiers</h3> <p>If the previous recipe is too plain for you, check out these <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/pumpkin-spice-palmiers-recipe.html?ref=title">pumpkin spice palmiers</a>.</p> <h3>17. Napoleons</h3> <p>Pastry cream and puff pastry layers are piled high in these classic <a href="http://www.joepastry.com/2011/making-napoleons-mille-feuilles/">Napoleons</a>.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/puff-181535837-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h3>18. Nutella Tart</h3> <p>This <a href="http://asweetspoonful.com/2010/05/milestones.html">Nutella tart recipe</a> is fast, easy, and especially awesome because it combines two of the world's best ready-to-go ingredients: puff pastry and Nutella.</p> <h3>19. Pineapple and Dulche de Leche Torta</h3> <p>So many sweet puff pastry recipes use what are sometimes considered &quot;traditional&quot; dessert flavors &mdash; fruits you'd normally see in pie fillings, like apples and cherries. That's why I'm excited by this <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/04/pineapple-dulce-de-leche-cake-recipe.html?ref=search">pineapple-based puff pastry dessert</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-delicious-ways-to-use-pineapple?ref=seealso">Delicious Ways to Use Pineapple</a>)</p> <h3>20. Cinnamon-Sugar Puff Pastry Wheels</h3> <p>Food blogger The Baker's Daughter recommends serving these <a href="http://bakersdaughter.typepad.com/the_bakers_daughter/puff-pastry-desserts/">cinnamon-sugar puff pastry wheels</a> for afternoon tea.</p> <h3>21. Malted Strawberry Puff Pastry Dessert</h3> <p>I love the taste of malt in desserts &mdash; and I think it would be perfect paired with flaky pastry and berries in the <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/strawberry-puff-pastry-dessert">strawberry and puff pastry dessert</a>.</p> <h3>22. Ginger Pear Puff Pastry Tart</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.forkknifeswoon.com/food-drink/breads-pastries/2012/10/ginger-pear-puff-pastry-tart/">zingy tart</a> features thinly sliced pears and goes well with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream.</p> <h3>23. Apple Pie With Puff Pastry Crust</h3> <p>Add an extra-flaky twist to your traditional apple pie by <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/puff-pastry-apple-pie">using puff pastry for the crust</a>.</p> <p><img width="605" height="303" alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/puff-156893621-ggnoads.jpg" /></p> <h3>24. Upside-Down Puff Pastry and Cranberry Tart</h3> <p>Tart cranberries mix with brown sugar and puff pastry in this Thanksgiving-worthy <a href="http://diethood.com/2013/11/15/cranberry-upside-puff-pastry-tart/">cranberry tart</a>.</p> <h3>25. Puff Pastry Cornucopias</h3> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2012/11/puff-pastry-cornucopias-pumpkin-coconut-mousse-thanksgiving-recipe/">puff pastry cornucopias</a> also includes a recipe for a pumpkin-coconut mousse to stuff them with, but you could easily replace that with your own favorite filling.</p> <h3>26. Puff-Pastry Stars</h3> <p>These <a href="http://www.simplebites.net/a-last-minute-fourth-of-july-dessert-berries-cream-pastry-stars/">puff-pastry stars</a>, originally made for the Fourth of July, would be awesome at any time of the year &mdash; maybe with some cooked spiced pears in the winter?</p> <h3>27. Baked Pears in Puff Pastry</h3> <p>These <a href="http://www.orgasmicchef.com/desserts/baked-pears-in-puff-pastry/">baked pears in puff pastry</a> would make a gorgeous dinner party dessert &mdash; and they're super simple.</p> <h3>28. Cronut-Inspired Puff Pastry Donuts</h3> <p>The Wise Bread staff talks a LOT about cronuts, so I was excited to find these <a href="http://www.thekitchykitchen.com/?recipes=/puff-pastry-donuts-with-cinnamon-sugar-maple-glaze/">puff-pastry shortcuts</a> to the infamous croissant donuts.</p> <h3>29. Chocolate Velvet Torte</h3> <p>This rich <a href="http://www.puffpastry.com/recipe/24086/chocolate-velvet-torte">chocolate torte</a> uses puff pastry as a crust.</p> <h3>30. Puff Pastry From Scratch</h3> <p>If you don't want to mess with the pre-packaged frozen stuff, check out this recipe for making <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/puff-pastry-2/">puff pastry dough from scratch</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite way to save time with frozen puff pastry? 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