16 Quick and Easy Puff Pastry Appetizers

British Sausage Rolls

The Spruce


Are you planning a New Year's Eve party or Super Bowl celebration this year? Here's the crowd-pleasing secret that's going to take your party apps to the next level with very little effort: store-bought puff pastry. With a box of this dough in the freezer, you've got the basis for many appetizer recipes to effortlessly wow guests. From mini beef Wellingtons and sausage rolls to baked brie and onion tarts, these delightful snacks and hors d'oeuvres are easy and quick enough to...MORE whip up at the very last-minute without sacrificing flavor or presentation.

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    Cranberry Brie Bites

    Elaine Lemm


    Brie cheese and cranberry are an iconic holiday flavor combination, but these stuffed puff pastry bites are delightful enough for any time of year. Walnuts and sea salt add great texture to the pretty, flower-shaped appetizers.

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    Savory Spinach and Mushroom Strudel

    Allyson Kramer


    This savory vegetable strudel filled with spinach, mushroom, and silken tofu looks beautiful arrayed in slices on a serving platter. Use dairy-free puff pastry to make this recipe completely vegan-friendly.

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    Slices of onion tarte on cutting board
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    Fresh figs add a wow factor this tasty red onion tart, which has walnuts hidden in the pastry for unexpected crunch. Serve it warm, drizzled with a little walnut oil.

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    Salmon in Puff Pastry Pasty

    Elaine Lemm


    This lovely salmon appetizer encased in puff pastry is a sophisticated party starter that your guests are sure to devour. The fish is flavored with lime juice and zest, sumac, ginger, and cilantro, then baked in pastry pockets that you fill with sour cream.

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    Caramelised Garlic Tart

    Yottam Ottolenghi


    Garlic loses its sharpness when roasted, becoming sweet and creamy. Here, it's the star ingredient, along with goat cheese and fresh chopped herbs, in a sophisticated single-crust tart that will impress your invited guests.

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    British Sausage Rolls

    The Spruce


    These bite-sized rolls are an upgrade to the usual pigs in a blanket, calling for good-quality sausage instead of the usual mini hot dog. Bonus: they also freeze beautifully. Make them ahead for New Year's by freezing in a tightly-sealed plastic bag. To reheat, bake straight from the freezer in a single layer in your oven until heated through.

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    Beetroot and Goat Cheese Tart

    Love Beetroot


    Sweet roasted beetroot and tangy goat cheese combine beautifully in this party-worthy appetizer made with store-bought puff pastry. Serve slices at room temperature drizzled with the vinaigrette dressing and be ready to field requests for seconds.

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    Israeli Potato Bourekas

    Miri Rotkovitz


    Bourekas are filled parcels of flaky dough that are a popular bakery mainstay in Israel. Make them for your year-end party guests with this recipe that uses store-bought puff pastry surrounding a seasoned potato-and-onion filling. Garnish with sesame seeds for serving.

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    Asparagus Gruyere Tart

    Molly Watson


    This elegant vegetable tart will dress up your springtime buffet table. The pastry dough layered with gruyere cheese and in-season asparagus spears is not just elegant, but simply delicious. Make this one just before serving to avoid a soggy crust.

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    Curry Puffs

    Christina Soong-Kroeger


    Baked Indian-style curry puffs taste great hot or cold, making them a versatile, prep-ahead appetizer for parties and potlucks. Serve with a mango chutney or tomato relish on the side for dipping.

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    Sweet Potato, Spinach and Onion Tart

    Miri Rotkovitz


    This savory puff pastry tart with spinach, sweet potatoes, onions, and a rich, tangy balsamic reduction makes a smart starter for holiday parties. Take your time over the caramelized onions, letting them cook over low heat until they become meltingly soft and brown. It's well worth the time and effort.

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    Mini Beef Wellingtons

    Donald Russell


    Impress New Year's Eve party guests with this mini beef Wellingtons that transforms the bistro classic recipe into a sophisticated appetizer, featuring thinly-sliced filet mignon and flavorful mushrooms. It's finished with a rich red wine and gorgonzola sauce,

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    Three-Cheese Caramelised Onion Tart

    Elaine Lemm


    Here's a different way to serve and enjoy cheese at a celebration. Lush, sweet caramelized onions, tomatoes, and thyme make the base of this savory tart, which calls for topping with your favorite combination of cheeses.

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    Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

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    Baked Brie is always a welcome party appetizer. This recipe takes it to the next level with a layer of caramelized mushrooms and shallot under the dough. It's outstanding on your favorite crackers.

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    Artichoke Tartlets

    Kimberly Vardeman


    Turn pantry staples into an impressive party snack. Tangy, marinated artichoke hearts, sweet grape tomatoes, mild leeks, and plenty of cheese come together in these colorful tartlets.

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    Chimichurri Chicken en Croute

    Marian Blazes


    Seasoned chicken breast meat is layered with cream cheese and prepared chimichurri sauce in baked puff pastry bundles that look like you spent all day making them, but are simple to prepare in under an hour.