We entertain a lot during the year, but it seems between Halloween and New Years things really ramp up. My husband recently told me we were going to have some of his co-workers over for cocktails. I was leaving for out of town that weekend so knew I had to make some appetizers ahead of time. I love finding appetizer recipes that you can make ahead of time. Especially ones that you can freeze. Since I am in love with Barefoot Contessa recipes, I thought I would try her savory Palmiers. She never suggested freezing them but since you had to store them in the freezer before baking I thought I would give it a go. This recipe also came into mind because a glass of wine would be the perfect compliment to the savory mix of sun dried tomatoes, basil, puff pastry off set by the strong flavors of pesto and goat cheese.
If you ever made Palmiers before, also known as Elephant Ears, you realize just how easy they are. They look like they were purchased at a gourmet shop but in reality they came from your kitchen for half the cost. The process is so easy, as most of Barefoot Contessa recipes are.
Once you defrost the Puff pastry it is just a matter of piling the toppings on and then folding the dough properly.
The night before the party take them out to defrost in your fridge and bake before the guests arrive. They are best served warm.
I bet your guests can not eat just one. These make ahead appetizers are so simple but so flavorful. Paired with a glass of Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Pinot Noir and you have a party.
Simple themed napkins also make an ordinary party something special. They don’t cost much and they have so many choices out there.
Cheers to you and your entertaining this holiday season.
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Savory Palmiers is a classic twist to a sweet elephant ear. A great appetizer to make ahead and bake when needed
- 1 package frozen puff pastry defrosted
- ¼ cup prepared pesto store bought or homemade
- ½ cup crumbled goat cheese such as Montrachet
- ¼ cup finely chopped sundried tomatoes in oil drained
- ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
- Kosher salt
Lightly flour a board and carefully unfold one sheet of puff pastry. Roll the pastry lightly with a rolling pin until it’s 9½ x 11½ inches. Spread the sheet of puff pastry with half the pesto, then sprinkle with half the goat cheese, half the sundried tomatoes, and half the pine nuts. Sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon salt.
Working from the short ends, fold each end halfway to the center. Then fold each side again towards the center until the folded edges almost touch. Fold one side over the other and press lightly. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat the entire instructions for the second sheet of puff pastry using the remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 45 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Cut the prepared rolls of puff pastry in ¼ inch thick slices and place them face up 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 14 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm.
Adapted from Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa