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6 Easy Game Night Puff Pastry Appetizers
6 Easy Game Night Puff Pastry Appetizers
When I recently hosted a very a Ladies Game Night at the house, I decided to do something with the 6 packages of puff pastry dough in the freezer. Now I honestly don't know how we ended up with so much frozen dough, but it was enough to get my creative juices flowing. On the afternoon before the party, my husband and I whipped up these 6 puff pastry appetizers. I wanted to share them with you because they both taste great and are super easy. So let's get cooking! First thing you will want to do is pull all of the puff pastry dough that you plan to use out of the freezer and defrost it. Just follow the directions on the package and you will be fine. Once the dough is ready, we can begin.
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I flipping love Elephant Ears, so these were made at my request. These delicious morsels were made with one box Puff Pastry and 1/2 cup of sugar. The method is super simple. We rolled out the puff pastry until it was maybe 1/4 of an inch thick, and then we sprinkled the sugar generously all over. From there we used our rolling pin to gently set all of the sugar in the dough.
Then you fold the sides of the dough toward the center so they go halfway to the middle. Now fold the dough again so the two folds meet at the middle of the dough. Then fold one half over the other half, just like closing a book. Finally, slice the rolled dough into 1/2 inch slices and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. We didn't worry about making perfect ears. To finish, just bake the ears for about 12 minutes at 400, then allow them to cool for at least 20 minutes. Done.
Puff Pastry Chocolate Nutella Roll
This was our favorite recipe of the night and the one that everyone ate until it was gone. We rolled out one full puff pastry sheet and spread a thin layer of Nutella on the entire thing leaving about a 1/2 inch crust all around. We added two cups of chocolate chips and pressed them into the Nutella. Next, we tightly rolled the puff pastry into a roll.
We baked it for 15 minutes at 400, let it cool for 20 minutes and then used a pizza roller to cut sushi size pieces. This one is super easy, but oh so good.
Puff Pastry Apple Dumplings
For the apple dumplings, we rolled out the puff pastry and cut it into 4 inch squares. Then we sauteed three large Ambrosia apples with about 1/4 cup of butter, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. After the apples were cooked, we turned off the heat and let the mixture cool. We then dropped a tablespoon of apples onto each square and pinched it to form a little pocket or dumpling. Finally, bake for 18 minutes on a lined sheet tray at 400 degrees.
Puff Pastry Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
These were delicious but are best they are served hot. Roll out your dough to about 1/4 inch thickness, then top half of the dough with a generous portion of ham and shredded cheddar cheese. Fold the dough over the ham and cheese, and then crimp the seams closed. Finally, cut a few vent slits in the top of the puff pastry.
Bake for 18 minutes on a lined sheet tray at 400 degrees. Slice with a pizza cutter when done and eat.
Puff Pastry Strawberry Shortcakes
These yummy Strawberry Shortcakes were made with the puff pastry shells. We cut up a clamshell of strawberries and poured a 1/3 cup of sugar on them. Then cover bowl and place in fridge for at least an hour. The strawberries will soak up the sugar and create a strawberry syrup. We baked the shells exactly as directed on the package and then let them cool. We popped off the top of each shell, added a tablespoon of strawberries and then topped with whipped cream. Place the shell back on top and serve immediately. These tasted amazing but in retrospect I should have used Cool Whip for them to stay full looking longer.
Chicken Salad with Puff Pastry Herbed Rolls
Our final offering for the puff pastry appetizers is this chicken salad dish. This was another surprise that I really ended up loving. My husband made a mustard based chicken salad with herbed rolls created with the puff pastry. For the rolls, we cut 4 inch squares out of the dough and placed them on a plate of herbs (salt, pepper, sesame seeds, parmesan cheese and tumeric) to coat thoroughly. We baked them for 12 minutes on a lined sheet tray until they were light brown. Break them open to add the chicken salad and enjoy.
So there are 6 quick and easy ideas using puff pastry. What are your go to quick recipes for party night? Let us know in the comments, and we hope you have enjoyed our 6 easy puff pastry appetizers. And if you want more inspiration, check out these Puff Pastry Mango Braids!