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Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Puffs

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When you want to serve an appetizer that's really savory and delicious, try these muffin-sized puff pastry puffs filled with roasted peppers, basil and lots of melted cheese.

  • Thaw: 40 minutes
  • Prep: 20 minutes
  • Bake: 20 minutes
  • Cool: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 24
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Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 jar (12 ounces) roasted red bell pepper, drained and chopped

  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed

  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

  • 1 pkg. (17.3 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Sheets, thawed

  • 1 egg, beaten

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 375°F.  Lightly grease 24 (2 1/2-inch) muffin-pan cups.

  2. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is tender, stirring occasionally.  Stir in the peppers and basil and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Stir in the cheese and pine nuts.

  3. Unfold 1 pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface.  Roll the pastry sheet into a 9x12-inch rectangle.  Cut into 12 (3-inch) squares.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet, making 24 pastry squares in all.

  4. Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons pepper mixture in the center of each square.  Brush the edges of the squares with the egg.  Fold the corners to the center over the filling, twist tightly to seal and fan out the corners.  Place the filled pastries into the muffin-pan cups. Brush the pastries with the egg.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown.  Let the pastries cool in the pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.

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Tip

If any cracks form while you’re working with Puff Pastry, just rub with a little water and press to seal the dough together.

You can brush an egg-wash glaze (1 egg plus 1 tsp. water) over the Puff Pastry to create a rich, golden sheen when baked.

Make sure the edges of your Puff Pastry are cut—a folded edge will not rise and puff.

To seal stuffed Puff Pastries, pinch the edges together or press with the tines of a fork, just as you’d seal a piecrust.

Inspiration

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  • When you can, use fresh basil leaves. To retain flavor, tear instead of chopping them.

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Submitted by:
Lily L.
Date: 1/12/2011

5 star rating

"I add a teaspoon of tomato preserves before sealing, delicious!"

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