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Savory Pastry Puffs

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Pastry puffs have become extremely popular over the recent years. It is a great way to quickly make appetizers. The recipe here uses Indian cuisine inspired fillings. Please do check the tips sections for more ideas. These also make great lunch box food for kids and travels well too.

Savory puff pastry

Kind of food: Appetizer
How long: 30 min
Makes: 18 pieces
Pots & pans: Pan, Cookie sheet

1 pkg puff pastry sheets ( 2 sheets) (thawed)
1 tbsp cooking oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup Julianne cut carrots or small cubes of carrots
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
1/2 tsp Red chili powder (optional)
1 cup Paneer crumbled

Paneer Puffs

How to make
Thaw the pastry sheet by placing the sheets in the refrigerator a day before, or leave it out at room temperature for about an hour.
Turn on the oven and set it at 400F.  Add oil to a pan and set it on medium-high heat.  Add the mustard seeds and turmeric. Wait for the seeds to crackle and then add in the onions, bell peppers and carrots. Give it a good toss, reduce heat and cover. While the vegetables are cooking, lightly roll out the pastry sheet till its 12 inches  X 12 inches and cut each sheet into 4 inch squares. The sheets come in tri-folds, so easier to cut them into 9 pieces of 4 inch squares.   To the vegetables add crumbled paneer, salt, red chili powder & corainder powder and give it a good toss and turn of the heat.

Now place 2 tbsp of this filling in the center of each pastry sheet square. Wet 2 adjacent edges slightly with a pastry brush. Fold a corner onto the opposite corner to make a triangle. Use a fork and press down on the joint. Make a few pricks on the top. Arrange the filled puffs onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a greased cookie sheet. Place in the over in the middle rack and bake for 15-17 min (till golden brown- it will brown a little bit more after you remove from the oven, so be sure not to bake them to dark) Serve with ketchup or any of the easy dipping sauces.

Keep it Smart, Short and Sazzy! – Anu

Tip, tricks & alternatives
While filling the puffs to save time, first wet the edges for all the squares, then place the filling on all the squares and them close them. Its faster than doing the 3 step process for each puff.
You can use a variety of fillings. Any non-soggy filling will work well. The baking time is only about 15mins, so slightly cooked fillings will work better.

Quick Method to make the puffs
If cutting into smaller squares and filling each of them becomes time consuming, then try these other ways to fill the sheets.

Method 1:Place one sheet on the flat surface. Spoon the filling on regular intervals and spacing like a grid. Place another sheet on top and press down firmly in between the filled portions. Cut with a knife or pizza cutter. Press the edges to make sure they are sealed.
Method 2: Spread the filling on the sheet evenly leaving about 1 inch on all the sides. Roll the sheet to shape like a log. Seal the edges by tucking the ends. Cut into 1 1/2 inch discs. Place flat on a baking sheet and bake.

Serving Ideas
You could use a egg wash to seal the edges and brush on top for a more golden brown color.

Alternate filling:  Use paneer, purple cabbage, carrots and cilantro – a more colorful filling. If the fillings are colorful, you can even place the filling on one end of the entire sheet and roll the sheet into a tube. Seal the edges and then cut them into little discs and bake.

Colorful puff filling


December 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

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