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Savory (not sweet) puff pastry ideas


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Puff pastry makes just about everything better, IMHO. Not being interested in sweets, I've been stockpiling savory ideas for when (fingers crossed) Trader Joe's restocks their artisan puff pastry.... or I finally tackle trying to make it myself in the depths of winter.

My usual recipes are New Zealand- style minced beef, onion and cheese pie; Kiwi "bacon and egg" pie (with what we Americans call ham, with cheese and mixed veggies); Kiwi sausage roll (ground sausage with bread crumbs, thyme, onion, and tomato paste); or a tuna, cheese, onion, and egg roll that guests love for breakfast, with tapatio of course.

I'm sure there's a million other things to do... recipes & brainstorms, please!

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Beef Wellington is classic. I once worked at a restaurant where we poached a whole side of salmon, cooled it and then wrapped it in puff pastry "en croute," baked it, and then sliced it and served it with a cream sauce.

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Keep the ideas coming, they all sound delicious!

And I am happy to report that the puff pastry was in stock at Trader Joe's today - $4 for two sheets. I bought five boxes. Going to be eating a lot of puff pastry.

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I have just watched a chef make choux pastry balls, and instead of a cream filling then topping with chocolate he made

a mixture from goats cheese herbs and cream then presented three 'balls' after a slight nuke in the micro. to start a slight melt, along with a frizzee salad. It was dished up as a starter.

You could do the same kind of thing with puff pastry( with some thought/)

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mskerr,

You could make Flammenküche (tarte flambée). Although puff pastry is not traditional it works well too. It's just puff pastry with a thin layer of crème fraîche, sliced onions and lardons (diced smoked bacon) - one of my favorite simple meals with a green salad. There are a couple of ideas for savory tarts on the Lucques thread: Young Onion Tart with Cantal and Applewood-Smoked Bacon and Swiss Chard Tart with Goat Cheese. The book also has a tomato tart recipe (with onions and anchovies) and a mushroom tart recipe both with puff pastry that look good but that I have not had a chance to try. Pissaladière is another French savory tart that can work with puff pastry - the topping is caramelized onions, olives and anchovies. I think that it would be fairly easy to come up with your own version based on what ingredients you have at hand. I found that the key is to have a light hand with the toppings (especially the wet ingredients).

If you are feeling more ambitious I know that there are savory versions of tarte tatin with puff pastry that use tomatoes or endives for example.

I love TJ's puff pastry! (It's also great for pithiviers/galette des rois - see my icon picture - if you ever get in the mood for something sweet).

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Bourekes - triangles (or rectangles) filled with any number of things. Popular fillings are potato and golden browned onion, mushroom and onion or leek, spinach, cheese, spinach & cheese, cheese and olives, etc. etc. Whatever you can think of.
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Bourekes- triangles (or rectangles) filled with any number of things. Popular fillings are potato and golden browned onion, mushroom and onion or leek, spinach, cheese, spinach & cheese, cheese and olives, etc. etc. Whatever you can think of.

On the same train of thought - spanakopita (although traditionally made with phyllo).

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