We were invited to an open house the night before Christmas Eve, and, of course, we would never show up empty handed. I rolled up some pesto coated puff pastry and created some festive pesto palmiers for the occasion. This quick and tasty appetizer is always a crowd pleaser. This particular batch was not nearly as flavorful as my previous attempts…I think due to a lackluster pesto I found deep in my freezer. My only alteration from the original recipe was to roll up each side like a classic palmier versus just folding.
For easy appetizers, keep a box of all butter puff pastry in your freezer. You summer pesto freezes well, too, so make a double batch when your garden basil is flourishing. If you’re out of pesto, top a small wheel of brie with jam and wrap your puff pastry around that for an irresistible baked brie. Cheese straws can also be whipped up by sprinkling the pastry sheet with grated cheese before cut into strips, twisted and baked. You’ll be the hostess with the mostess if you serve any of these hors d’oeuvres!
- 1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- ½-3/4 cup pesto
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- Place puff pastry on sheet of parchment. Roll into a 12 x 12 square (mine was Dufour and probably could have been rolled even larger). Lift up puff pastry to dust the parchment under the pastry with Parmesan. Repeat on other side to make sure the bottom of the puff pastry is all coated with Parmesan.
- Spread pesto within ½ inch of the puff pastry using spatula. With your spatula lightly draw a line across the center of the pesto, from top to bottom. Carefully roll up one side to the middle line, then the other. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 15 minutes.
- Cut the dough into ¼ inch slices and place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Combine the water and egg to make an egg wash and brush over the palmiers.
- Bake for 8 minutes; flip and bake for another 8 minutes. Best eaten freshly baked.
I also made some brie and raspberry jam pastry “popsicles”…but I will tweak this recipe before sharing…as the combination of jam and brie makes an amazing appetizer.