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 (not to mention, desserts) 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 whip up at the very last-minute without sacrificing flavor or presentation.
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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.
Simply made with brie, and cranberry sauce, the pastries are popped into the refrigerator to chill for 20 minutes before baking for 18 minutes. The walnuts are toasted and glazed with a honey mixture before putting on as the finishing touch.
Serve these yummy bites warm.
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This savory vegetable strudel filled with spinach, mushroom, and silken tofu looks beautiful arrayed in slices on a serving platter. This recipe makes two strudels and bakes for 40 minutes in the oven until golden brown. Allow 10 minutes of cooling time before slicing and serving. Use dairy-free puff pastry to make this recipe completely vegan-friendly.
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Fresh figs add a wow factor to this tasty red onion tart, which has walnuts hidden in the pastry for unexpected crunch. Wine, vinegar, and thyme add a delicious savory dimension to the sauteed onions. The tart is baked in the oven for 15 minutes until it has risen and achieves a golden brown in color. Serve it warm, drizzled with a little walnut oil with the fresh figs on the side.
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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. This dish can be assembled ahead of time and frozen to be baked and used later.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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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 guests.
The pastry is chilled and baked before filling. While it's baking, the filling is prepared on the stovetop. Once assembled, the tart is baked for 35 to 45 minutes. Serve it warm with a salad.
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These bite-sized rolls are an upgrade to the usual pigs in a blanket, calling for good-quality sausage instead of the mini hot dog. Enjoy them with your favorite condiment, whether it be ketchup, a honey mustard sauce, or a cheese dip. 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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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. Baked for 30 minutes, then garnished with sesame seeds for serving.
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Baked Indian-style curry puffs taste great hot or cold, making them a versatile, prep-ahead appetizer for parties and potlucks. Stuffed with delicious curried ground beef, onions, and potatoes, these puffs are assembled and baked until light and crispy. Serve with a mango chutney or tomato relish on the side for dipping.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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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. Seared steaks and mushroom duxelles are enveloped in puff pastry and baked, then finished with a rich red wine and gorgonzola sauce.
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Seasoned chicken breast meat is layered with cream cheese and prepared chimichurri sauce in baked puff pastry bundles. The recipe makes four pastries and is easily scaled up to make more if needed. These tasty meat pies look like you spent all day making them but are simple to prepare in under an hour.