Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Apps: Fig & Manchego Bites

Frozen puff pastry is magical.

If you have some in the freezer, you can make a weeknight tart, or these super easy holiday hors d'oevres.

I used to mention the name of the brand of puff pastry I purchased so often here.

One of our lovely readers told me I should be getting royalties for all the times I mentioned their name (or at least a box of pastry), so she sent them a letter, and they sent me a $1.00 coupon off on my next purchase.

I have never mentioned them again.

Buy whatever brand you like (Trader Joe's, Dufour, um, can't think of any other..............).

Also, there are no rules here.
I have made these with brie and apricot jam, so use whatever cheese and flavor jam you like.

Today's bites are fig with Manchego.

I love this brand of sun-dried fig spread from Italy, but can not find it anywhere, so if anyone sees it.........please let me know, I will buy a case, and some for you.


Fig & Manchego Bites: makes 24 bites

2 sheets of puff pastry, defrosted and cut into 3.5" squares
bite size pieces of cheese, Manchego, Brie, Gruyere
a small spoonful of preserves (fig here), for each bite
1 beaten egg for the wash

Preheat oven to 400F.

Drop a little piece of cheese and a small amount of fruit preserve into the center of each puff pastry square.

Using a mini muffin tin (no need to grease the pan), place each square in each muffin cup, and nestle tightly into the hole.
Fold up like you would be sealing a package, in a twisting motion.

Brush each bite w/ some egg wash.

Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes, until the pastry is golden and crisp.
It's ok if some of the cheese oozes out, just use a knife and poke it back inside while they are cooling.

Let bites rest 1 minute in the muffin tin, then remove to a cooling rack.

Can be made 2 hours ahead.

So easy, and so good!

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Ciao Chow Linda said...

First of all, I love these appetizers and can't wait to make them during the holidays. Second, I don't blame you for not mentioning the name of that puff pastry company. $1.00 coupon? whoop-dee-do. Third, here's a link on Amazon.com to where you can buy that fig spread: http://www.amazon.com/Bella-Compagna-Sundried-Fig-Spread/dp/B004W8DTDQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1387284894&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=bella+campagna+fig+spread

Tracy S said...

Okay these look amazing! I like that you are doing manchego instead of the more obvious brie. Def trying these soon.

Also wow, $1 off, how crappy lol. They should have sent you a case of pastry!!

Kate said...

What cute little packages! They couldn't be any more simple to make...I am definitely going to give them a try. Thank you for sharing.

mil said...

Ciao Chow has the right idea. Talk about CHEAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But they sure look luscious and would be a snap for ME to rustle up. You can stop laughing now.

SEMS Library Lady said...

$1 off? That's just wrong, and shortsighted of them. I'll stick with the Trader Joe's brand. These look delicious, and I have everything I need to make them tonight to welcome my daughter home from college! Thanks!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Wow how generous of them... Cheapskates! You have the best app's Stace, such a nice combo.
Thanks Linda, I'm checking out that link!

Joanne said...

I guess you must use Dufour (which is what I use also...but it is CRAZY expensive!). It's the good stuff.

Stacey Snacks said...

It was actually Pepperidge Farm!!

Eileen said...

I think I will have to make these for my annual New Year's Day brunch.

Natalia B said...

I always look forward to your fig recipes as I'm in love with figs as well. This appetizer looks fancy yet easy enough to make. A must try for the holiday season. I only hope they look as good as yours.

oui Chef said...

These will absolutely be part of my Christmas Eve spread.....YUM! Happy New Year, Stacey!

Anneli Faiers (Delicieux) said...

What a fab idea :) Perfect festive finger food. STEALING :)