An early Christmas gift: The Perfect Party Appetizer
Anybody out there looking for delicious party recipes? Hmmmmm?
I’ve got you covered. Consider this part II of my series on the awesomeness that is frozen puff pastry. If you’ve ever had a jalapeño popper, this is kind of like that… except a whole lot easier.
This recipe combines a few of my favorite things: puff pastry, cream cheese, and spiciness. All from Trader Joes, mind you. I know, I have a problem.
This idea came to me at a party. Somebody had brought these crescent roll dough jalapeño… things. They clearly did not come out as planned. But, it got my mind whirring. I started thinking, “hm, jalapeños… and cream cheese… hmm… puff pastry… rolls? Knots? Maybe I could use a muffin tin. What would you call that? Bundles? Cups? Something like that. Whatever, I’ll figure the name out later.” I didn’t.
Jalapeño “Popper” Puff Pastry Amazingness
1/2 block (4 oz) cream cheese
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 sheet frozen puff pastry
Panko bread crumbs
1 tbsp melted butter
Start by taking out one sheet of frozen puff pastry to defrost, then preheat your oven to 350. Mix your diced jalapeños, garlic powder, and cream cheese until well combined. If you want your “poppers” to be spicier, include the ribs and seeds of the jalapeños, or if you like things a little less spicy, remove the seeds and ribs. Once the puff pastry is pretty well defrosted, cut into twelve even pieces. Before cutting all the way through I drew a faint line with my knife to make sure the pieces were even. Spray a mini muffin tin with a little canola oil and gently press your puff pastry into the tin. Scoop a rounded tablespoon of your jalapeño cream cheese mixture and drop it in. Sprinkle some panko bread crumbs over the top and brush your melted butter along the sides of the puff pastry, adding a few drops on your bread crumbs. Bake for 35 minutes until golden brown.
I like to wash mine down with a delicious Mission Street IPA. Its got a refreshing citrusy hop-character which is quite nice. And you know how much I love combining spicy foods and a nice IPA. Truly a match made in heaven.
Wishing you all a very hoppy Christmas!