Who doesn't love a savory tart? For an afternoon brunch, I rolled up my sleeves to make a mouth-watering puff pastry tart topped with ricotta cheese, caramelized onions, and homemade olive tapenade. The anchovies are initially pungent, but once they reduce and caramelize with the onions, their flavor mellows immensely. If you're serving vegetarians, leave out the anchovies and salt the onions a little more heavily. The creamy ricotta cheese complements the crunchy crust and salty toppings. This tart is easily prepared ahead of time and then thrown in the oven to bake just before serving. Don't bother ordering a pizza; just make a savory tart at home. Keep reading for the recipe.
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
Homemade pizza is as easy as one, two, three in this Mediterranean-inspired recipe. All you have to do is roll out the convenient puff pastry dough, top it with an assortment of classic Provençal flavors (like tomatoes and black olives), and bake until crisp and delicious.
Anchovies are listed among the ingredients, but if you can't stomach the salty fish, simply don't use them. For the rapid yet scrumptious recipe, read more
My sweetheart's favorite weekend mornings begin with a hearty, comforting meal. That's why, when I came across this breakfast pastry, I knew I had to make it. The tart has all the familiar trappings of breakfast (bacon, eggs, flaky pastry) married with gourmet ingredients (crème fraîche, Gruyère) and assembled in an elegant, rustic way. This morning treat was so mouthwatering that we dusted the entire thing off in a matter of minutes. To make it for yourself or a loved one, read more
With so many tomato varieties in season, I've been trying to make as many tomato dishes as I can. Thanks to FinnLover, I have another recipe to add to my repertoire: her tomato pie. By using ready-made puff pastry, she's able to make this rustic, Provençal tart in no time. This recipe is incredibly flexible — for instance, if you don't eat red meat, you can omit the prosciutto and replace it with portabello mushrooms. If you don't have herbes de Provençe, (although you can find this spice medley in most stores), you can make it. It's simply a combination of rosemary, marjoram, basil, bay leaves, thyme, and lavender. To see more of FinnLover's amazing pictures and to get her recipe, read more
No menu — including an Easter brunch — is complete without a sweet finish. You could order a bunch of fancy pastries from your favorite bakery, or you could use puff pastry to make a sweet, flaky chocolate filled treat in the comfort of your own kitchen. These mini pain au chocolates are deliciously satisfying and beyond simple to make.
I always include them on any brunch menu because rave reviews are guaranteed. To see how they are made, read more
If you are looking for a super tasty appetizer —and prawns aren't your cup of tea — consider making these prosciutto pinwheels. Mastering these bite-sized snacks is a cinch for even the most culinary challenged, self-proclaimed noncooks. In fact, they are so effortless that I put them together in the Sugar HQ kitchen. Simply layer thawed puff pastry with prosciutto, grated parmesan cheese, and fresh basil, and roll up. The best thing about these savory treats is that you can assemble now and bake later, making them ideal for a party. To look at the recipe, read more
Here's the scenario: You are at home and hungry for food. You have to cook up something scrumptious for you and your boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse/child/friend, but the ingredients you have on hand are limited.
You have a jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, frozen puff-pastry dough, and pesto. Using these products, along with whatever you currently have on hand in your cupboard and refrigerator, what would you make?
To see what I would whip up, read more
I was checking out all the great recipes in the Food & Entertaining channel, when I came across this colorful salmon with puff pastry and pesto that TeamSugar member rlveronica cooked up. It's simple to make, and whips up in no time at all. It's also quite colorful and flavorful and is bound to be a hit. To cook up this meal for dinner tonight, read more
After obsessing about what to make for my next ice cream sandwich — seriously, I discussed it nonstop with my poor friend Deiter for over 20 minutes — I finally decided on puff pastry "cookies" and cherry ice cream with chocolate shavings. Because the ice cream mixture is whisked, the most difficult part of this recipe is pitting the cherries - unless you have a cherry pitter of course! If you don't own an ice cream maker simply purchase Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia. These babies are big and you may need a fork to eat them. To kick it up a notch drizzle warm chocolate over the top. Take a look at how I made these ice cream sandwiches - Dieter thinks "it's a winner" - just read more