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holiday party idea: parmesan pastry pinwheels

Woo! Last week was a whirlwind of activity as I prepped for an outdoor holiday market in my neighborhood (which you can read about here... trust me, you'll want to check it out if only for the Speedo-clad runners I caught on camera!) and finished up shipping out holiday orders from my Etsy shop. I've been cooking up a storm and now need to catch up on sharing the recipes with everyone!

In case you are charged with bringing an appetizer to any upcoming holiday parties, check out this recipe from Real Simple magazine. It was inexpensive, easy to prepare and can be made in advance and served at room temperature. Bam. I doubled the original recipe in order to serve 16 people.

Parmesan-Scallion Pastry Pinwheels (from Real Simple) Ingredients

  • 2 packages of frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 5 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup grated or shredded Parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unfold the pastries and brush with beaten egg. On each sheet, sprinkle on the scallions, 1/4 cup Parmesan, and a dash of salt and pepper. Roll tightly into a log. Seal together by brushing a tiny bit of water along the rolled up edge to help it stick. Freeze until firm but sliceable, about 20 minutes.
  3. Slice the logs into 1/4"-1/2" thick rounds and place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan on top of each and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Serve warm or at room temperature. They can be baked up to half a day in advance and stored at room temperature, perfect for after-work holiday parties! (Real Simple says they can also be frozen for up to a week.)

I also tried the magazine's Goat Cheese With Pistachios and Cranberries recipe and while it tasted good, it looked like... well, it didn't look good at all. It wasn't like the picture, which shows an appetizing bright green and red cheese spread. I think it was my fault for throwing the cranberries and pistachios in the food processor together, probably it would have gone better if they were chopped separately. Either way, it looked a bit too much like solid waste to attract many tasters.

(Cross-posted at http://unspeakablevisions.blogspot.com/2010/12/holiday-party-idea-p....)

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