Holiday Hors d’oeuvres Made Easy

With the holiday season quickly approaching, it is time to begin thinking about what the holiday spreads will include this year. We always go all-out with hors d’oeuvres in my family, so much so that sometimes we have no room to eat the actual holiday meal, but we continue to overindulge and over prepare anyway. Ever since I had to use puff pastry as a pie crust in a pinch a few weeks ago, I have been in a puff pastry phase. Not only is it delicious, but it is also versatile and can be! It doesn’t really matter if you have sweet or savory in mind, puff pastry can always serve as a hors d’oeuvres or dessert pinch hitter.

Now, if you are really on top of your game, you can make your own puff pastry with this (not so easy) recipe. If you are short on time, you can easily buy puff pastry in the freezer section of your local grocery store. I always grab a couple boxes and keep them in the freezer, just in case. You can use the puff pastry in a sheet and make a flat bread of sorts, or you can use mini muffin tins to make little tart shells, which are adorable and bite-sized. Because of its versatility, people get all kinds of creative with different cookie cutters and braids, so have fun with it. After all, it is pastry, so even if it looks a little iffy, it will still taste really good.

Simple Puff Pastry Hors d’oeuvres

Using either a prepared mini tart or a 2” cookie cutter to make little circles, here are some fast and fabulous hors d’oeuvres you can whip up in just a few minutes:

  • Place a dollop of brie and whatever jam or jelly you have in the fridge in the center of your puff pastry.
  • Wrap a triangle of puff pastry around a stalk of asparagus.
  • Use chopped roast beef and shredded cheddar to make mini cheese steaks.
  • Try a spoonful of canned crabmeat and cream cheese.
  • Shred some zucchini and sprinkle with feta and a sundried tomato.

Simply follow the baking instructions on the package and go with whatever you have in the pantry or fridge. In no time at all, you will have warm, tasty, crowd-pleasing snacks ready to serve your guests.

 

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About Becky Jha

Born and raised in rural Connecticut , Becky DeMattia-Jha attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, and has her M.Ed. She has been teaching high school English for 15 years and currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, their two children, and their German Shepherd. She spends her precious summer vacations indulging in passions other than literature: serving as a lactation peer coach, practicing herbal medicine, organic gardening, making natural cleansers and cosmetics, and preparing quick and easy organic recipes for her family. She hopes to share her efficient, chemical-free, eco-conscious, frugal, and simplistic homemaking and homesteading tips with you.

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