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Cheesy Puffy Appetizers

In Ramadan by Amanda Mouttaki3 Comments

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One thing this Ramadan has brought for me is the testing out of several new appetizers.  I’ll admit my repetoire in this department is limited but luckily I’ve tried several new things.  I’m going to be posting several of them over the next few days.  First up is a cheesy puffy appetizer.  I originally saw the idea for this recipe from Christine at Moroccan Food on About.com.  I didn’t have the time or energy to make the dough from scratch — enter puff pastry.  Normally I don’t buy this because it’s kind of pricy but sometimes the price outweighs the time it would take me to make the dough.  So in keeping with my motto for this year at work “Work smarter not harder” I went the easy way.

The ingredients are fairly simple and could easily be changed 100 different ways.  This recipe made 24 .

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 6 triangles of Laughing Cow Cheese
  • handful of chopped parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped finely
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • handful of olives chopped
  • 1 package (2 sheets) of puff pasty
  • 1 egg (for eggwash)
Directions
Take puff pastry out and allow to thaw.  While it is doing this, prepare the filling in a frying pan.  Add the ground turkey, garlic, salt and pepper and parsley and cook until done.  You may need to add a little olive oil to the pan if the turkey is dry.  Allow mixture to cool after cooking and then mix in the olives.
Once the puff pastry is no longer frozen cut with a sharp knife into 24 squares.  Unwrap the cheese triangles and cut each one into 4 pieces.  In the middle of the first square place a teaspoon of the meat mixture along with one piece of cheese.   Fold the square in half to make a triangle and press down.  Then fold up the edges of the triangle to the top and press down.  Here’s an image I made to show how I folded them.

This is what they will look like when folded up.

 

 

Continue filling and folding until you have used up all of the filling or the dough.  It should come out just about right.  Beat an egg and then brush the pastries with the eggwash to brown them up.  When filling the baking sheet don’t worry too much about spacing.  These pastries won’t spread out though they will puff up.  Bake in a 350F oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

When they are all done they will look just like this;

 

These are a little rich just because of the puff pastry but I’m sure they will get gobbled in your house as fast as they were at mine!
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Comments

  1. Holly

    Thank you for this, Amanda. Actually, I have never used puff pastry before & never knew what to do with it. But you have given me an idea. I think I will try this with goat cheese, olive oil and zaatar inside. Do people eat zaatar in Morocco?

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      marocmama

      They do use zaatar but not in the same quantity as in other parts of the Middle East. Puff pastry is my new friend!

  2. Twila

    I saw the recipe and wanted to try it this weekend as well. Glad to hear they were good!

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