With its flaky, crispy, and buttery layers, I never tire of puff pastry in a savory appetizer preparation. I always make sure my freezer is stocked with the easy-to-manage dough because it's ideal for impromptu entertaining. Roll it with some herbs and prosciutto and you've got pinwheels. Or, if you have a festive cookie cutter and a little more time, you can make these cheesy pumpkin puffs.
The name of this recipe is somewhat misleading. There is no pumpkin flavor involved; the pumpkin refers to the cookie cutter's shape. Despite this fact, these gruyere, Parmesan, and mustard-filled puffs are amazing. They're the perfect little bite to begin a party as they pair with everything from sparkling wine to beer to cocktails. To look at the recipe, which would be welcome at any occasion between Halloween and Thanksgiving, read more.

Savory Pumpkin Puffs

Savory Pumpkin Puffs

Pumpkin-Shaped Parmesan Puff Pastry Appetizer Recipe 2009-10-29 16:45:12

Ingredients

All-purpose flour, for parchment
1 standard package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups finely grated Gruyere cheese
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Generously flour two pieces of parchment paper; on each, roll out an unfolded pastry sheet to form a 15-by-13-inch rectangle, about 1/16 inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, stir the paprika into the melted butter.
  4. Remove pastry from the refrigerator, and brush off excess flour. Spread a rectangle of pastry with mustard; sprinkle with both cheeses. Season with pepper. Lay a second pastry rectangle on top.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment on top of the stacked pastry; using a rolling pin, roll until smooth and pastry layers are sealed together.
  6. Remove parchment, and brush top of pastry with butter mixture. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.
  7. With a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut into 18 to 24 shapes.
  8. Immediately place the shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a sharp paring knife, score each shape four or five times to make pumpkin ridges.
  9. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer puffs to a wire rack; let cool slightly before serving.

Makes 18-24.