10 Surprising Things to Do with Puff Pastry
Puff Pastry, Perfected
Unroll a puff pastry and prepare a side dish, entree, and (of course) a dessert that starts from the humble pantry staple. Here's some recipe inspiration.
#1: Sub for Pizza Crust
If family pizza night has gone from celebrations to snores, here's a delicious stand-in: puff pastry. Load it up with fresh vegetables and mozzerella cheese, and it's a tart worthy of a weeknight.
#2: Change Up a Cobbler
It's cobbler, deconstructed. A puff pastry twist plays nicely beside fruit instead of on top of it.
Puff Pastry Tip: Make a big batch of the pastry twists ahead, and freeze them for up to 2 months.
#3: Speed Up Pot Pie
Go for speed -- shave at least 30 minutes off your next pot pie thanks to your new friend, puff pastry.
#4: Wrap Around Dessert
Here, puff pastry plays second fiddle to a cardamon-infused poached pear -- everyone knows the fruit is still the part eliciting the oohs and aahs.
#5: Enclose Appetizers
Shh! No one has to know that your light-as-air hand pie is puff pastry, not from-scratch dough. Stuff with spicy sausage, sweet pepper, and queso fresco, and your fiesta is on!
#6: Encase the Main Dish
No longer relegated to a basket, the bread course takes the main-dish spot with puff pastry. Just cook your beef tenderloin inside its warm embrace, and dinner is served.
#7: Try with Pie
Double-crust pie has a new meaning -- one traditional crust and half of a puff pastry sheet sandwich the gorgeous apples, pears, and cranberries waiting to be discovered.
#8: Improve the Cheese Course
Three-ingredient cheese puffs make you look like a fancy chef on a shoestring budget.
#9: Make a Slab Pie
Skip the circular pie plate -- puff pastry prefers to be square (well, rectangular). Wrap a medley of berries inside a sheet and bake for an incredible slab pie.
#10: Twist into Sticks
Puff pastry sheets just beg for a good twist. Give them the honor -- with the addition of paprika and sesame seeds -- in these masterpiece breadsticks.