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Puff Pastry Appetizers

Two delicious and simple appetizer recipes using one box of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets. 

I love using puff pastry to make appetizers. It's incredibly easy to use and produces impressive professional results every time. Keep a box in your freezer and  you're always ready for an impromptu party. With the holidays coming up, I wanted to share two of my favorite puff pastry appetizer recipes. All you need is one box of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, some cheese, and cranberry sauce and/or onions!

Version one is my take on Baked Brie en Croute. Way more fun in bite sized form, don't you think? The only thing to keep in mind with this version is the pastry should not be filled until it is partially baked or the brie will melt and run out.

These puff pastry bites are so pretty and perfect for the holidays! I love that I can easily make two kinds with one box of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets.

You're going to want to make the caramelized onion and goat cheese puff pastry bites as well.

Keep reading for the recipes!




The sweet onions are just mouthwatering with the tangy goat cheese.

Puff Pastry Bites Recipes 


Cranberry Brie Puff Pastry Bites 
yield: 16 bites

Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, defrosted according to package instructions 
  • 1 wedge brie cheese (with about 1/2 cup cheese inside) 
  • 1/3 cup homemade or store bought cranberry sauce 
  • 16 candied pecans (optional) 
  • 16 sugared cranberries for garnish (optional) 

Instructions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet into a 10" x 10" square. Using a sharp knife, cut four 2.5" slices one way, then cut four more 2.5" slices the other way, creating 16 squares. 
  3. Press the squares into the prepared muffin tin. Bake empty puff pastry cups for 8 minutes, until beginning to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and place 1 press the middles down with the back of a small spoon if puffed up. Fill bottoms of puff pastry cups with 1 teaspoon of brie and 1/2 teaspoon of cranberry sauce. Don't bake too long once the brie is in the cups or it will melt out. 
  4. Garnish with pecans and sugared cranberries if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature. 


Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Puff Pastry Bites
yield: 16 bites

Ingredients:
  • 1 sheet Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry, defrosted according to package instructions
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, halved and sliced 
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar 
  • 3 ounces goat cheese, room temperature 
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, for garnish 

Instructions: 
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. 
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet into a 10" x 10" square. Using a sharp knife, cut four 2.5" slices one way, then cut four more 2.5" slices the other way, creating 16 squares. 
  3. Heat the olive oil in a medium frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Saute until onions are soft and caramel colored, about 15 minutes. Stir in balsamic and sugar and cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat. 
  4. Press the squares into the prepared muffin tin. Fill the bottoms of cups with caramelized onions and top with a teaspoon of goat cheese. Bake 10-12 minutes or until pastry is golden brown. 
I'm always looking for ways to spark new creative ideas with my recipes.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and don’t forget to check out more recipes at www.puffpastry.com.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry. The opinions and text are all mine.

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