Saturday, February 11, 2012

Pizza-Style Puff Pastry Bites

I made these little bites for the Open House at LittleGrouch's preschool today. There is usually a lot of sweet baked goods, so I thought I bring something savory. I only had one piece, unfortunately; they were for the visitors, after all. They were very tasty and they are so flexible. I mean, you put pretty much anything between two sheets off puff pastry and it will taste good, right? How about cheese only, any cheese? Or maybe something with guacamole? Or how about a sweet variety with marmelade, or chocolate, or nutella (+ banana slices?), cream cheese, fruits.... How about rolling up the sheet and cutting little rounds? You see what I mean. A lot of ideas for the next bake sale or other event. 

1 pound (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, thawed
6-8 tbsp tomato sauce
Italian herbs
100 - 150 g grated cheese of your choice (e.g. Mexican cheese blend, mozzarella, cheddar, Italian cheese blend, monterey jack...)
additional toppings: olives, salami, ham, prosciutto, tuna, mushrooms, chilis, any vegetable, garlic,....)

Preheat oven to 375F - 400F. Place each sheet on parchment paper and roll out thinner, but still keeping the rectangular shape. (Both sheets should be the same size, of course.) Place one plate (incl. parchment paper) on a baking sheet and brush one plate with 4-5 tbsp tomato sauce. Season with pepper and herbs. Top with the cheese (and other toppings if using).

Cover with second pastry sheet. Whisk together 2 tbsp tomato sauce and 1-2 tbsp water. Brush top with diluted sauce. Using a pizza cutter (or knife), cut pastry into about 40 pieces. (Don't separate the pieces at this point. It is much easier to do that after they are baked and have cooled.)

 Bake for 15-25 minutes until crusty and golden brown. Let cool slightly on tray, then move (the still connected) pieces to a cooling rack. Once the pizza bites have cooled down, you separate them (you might need a knife).

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