Puff Pastries

These light-as-air apps will make guests think you can walk on water.
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These light-as-air apps will make guests think you can walk on water.

Spicy Bacon-Cheddar Butterflies

Roll out 1 thawed puff pastry sheet into a 12-by- 16-inch rectangle. Sprinkle with 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 3/4 cup cooked crumbled bacon and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Roll up the pastry just to the center, then repeat with the opposite side. Brush with beaten egg and press together to adhere. Cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices; place cut side down on a baking sheet and brush with beaten egg. Bake in a 400° oven until golden, about 15 minutes.

bacon cheddar butterflies

Pesto-Prosciutto Sandwiches

Cut 1 thawed puff pastry sheet into 3 strips, then cut crosswise into 6 rectangles. Bake in a 400° oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then split. Spread the bottoms with storebought pesto, top with prosciutto slices and cover with the pastry tops.

pesto prosciutto sandwiches

Smoked Salmon Puffs

Cut 1 thawed puff pastry sheet into 36 squares. Bake in a 350° oven until golden, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then top each with smoked salmon, sour cream and snipped fresh chives.

smoked salmon puffs

Asparagus Spirals

Sprinkle 1 thawed puff pastry sheet with grated parmesan, then cut lengthwise into 15 strips. Wrap each of 15 asparagus spears with a pastry strip; season with salt and pepper. Bake in a 400° oven until golden, about 20 minutes.

asparagus spirals

Spanakopita Cups

Cook 1/2 cup chopped onion in 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil until soft. Stir in one 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry, 1/2 cup feta cheese and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; puree in a food processor. Cut twelve 2 1/2-inch rounds from 1 thawed puff pastry sheet; prick each with a fork. Press into a mini-muffin pan, then fill with the spinach mixture. Bake in a 375° oven until golden, about 20 minutes.

spanakopita cups

Avocado-Stuffed Sliders

Cut out twelve 2-inch rounds from 1 thawed puff pastry sheet and bake in a 400° oven until golden, about 12 minutes. Combine 1/2 pound ground beef, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; form into twelve 1-inch balls. Press an avocado cube into each and shape into patties; fry until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Split the pastry "buns" and assemble the sliders with the patties and desired condiments.

avocado stuffed sliders