Mar 8, 2011

Q&E Appetizers From The Freezer

crabDefrosted crab meat add minced shallots, a little tarragon and  lot of parsley and enough mayonnaise to bind. Serve on crackers or bruschetta.

As you can see I love puff pastry. It has saved me more time then I can remember. The pastry can be sweet or savory. It can be thawed, baked and topped with a variety of items. 

Remember when working with the pastry to keep the pastry covered when not working with it or it will dry out. Cut puff pastry into small squares when finished baking  Mix cream cheese  with herbs and a little milk.

Puff  pastry shells can make a do ahead appetizer to keep in the freezer. Bake shells and fill with any of the following: little meatballs in pizza sauce, when reheating top with a little shredded mozzarella, fill with  caramelize onions and shredded cheddar cheese or a buffalo chicken mixture.

Freeze individually and place in plastic bag or container when hard.  Defrost and reheat in 250° oven for about fifteen minutes or until warm.

Parmesan Star Puffs
Recipe from Cooking Basic
Parmesan Star puffs are a fast and light appetizer for any occasion. If you have a flavored olive oil, I highly suggest you use it. I brushed garlic olive oil over a few of mine and it gave them a very nice hint of garlic without being too overwhelming.
  • 1 Sheet of puff pastry
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Ground pepper
  • Flour, to dust your surface with
Cut a sheet of puff pastry with a star-shaped cookie cutter. Arrange the stars on a parchment lined baking sheet; brush with olive oil and sprinkle with grated parmesan
I freeze them on a cookie sheet and when they are frozen transfer to a plastic freezer bag.  Reheat in 250° oven for about fifteen minutes or until warm.

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