Last Minute, Holiday Appetizers

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If your looking for a quick holiday appetizer to pull together on a moments notice have no fear, these bite size bundles are the perfect thing!
Providing you have a box or two of puff pastry tucked away in your freezer. You have some don’t you? If not you should!
Take it straight out of the freezer, lay it on your counter, in ten or fifteen minutes you’ll be able to separate the sheets. Then sprinkle a little flour on your counter and with a pizza cutter, cut the sheet into thirds, then each third into four slices, for a total of 12 per sheet, if you cut into the other sheet you’ll have a whopping 24 appetizers!
Now place each square into a mini muffin pan, I didn’t have to grease mine but it has been called to my attention that you might have to depending on the type of muffin tins you might have. My tins are not non stick but they are fairly new so maybe the butter in the pastry was just enough.
Now the fun begins, the fillings are endless! I had less than a cup of caramelized onions sitting in my fridge so I took a bowl and mixed the onions with gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts, that’s how I made mine here.
 Each puff pastry cup only requires a heaping tablespoon so you don’t need much filling at all.
Think, tomato, basil and goat cheese, roasted peppers and fontina, spinach, artichoke and feta, crabmeat and cream cheese, gouda and apple, roasted mushrooms with gruyere, Do you have a jar of fig jam or even chutney in your fridge? How about a little brie and fig? You get the picture, use what you have, it’s all good!
They take 20 minutes in a 375 oven, in the meantime open a cold bottle of wine, they’ll be done in no time!
I know this is a busy time for everyone, myself included, I’ve shopped, wrapped, planned my Christmas menu and baked my last cookie, with a little help from my granddaughter!
Puff Cookies, they’re tradition in my house! One bite brings back happy memories to me.
 Now if I could just stop at one bite, that would be a good thing!
But what I really wanted to do was to take this opportunity to thank you, all my readers, for the wonderful support you’ve given me, and to wish you all a very Happy Holiday filled with an over abundance of happiness, amazing food, surrounded by those you love!

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    Maria, you have given us much more than the support we happily give to you. We love your recipes and all you do. I’m so happy to have found you and so happy to be Italian. Buona Natale

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  4. Great appetizer ideas and easy too! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Super appetizer Marie! Love all your filling suggestions. And your coffee pot ornament too!
    Wishing you a fabulous 2013!
    Buon Natale My Friend,

  6. All so lovely and think I will play with those appetizers after New Years (even though – yes, the ingredients are all here). Love how you’re sharing the joy with your grand daughter. Merry Christmas, Marie!

  7. Everything look so delicious -again!
    Peaceful Christmas!

  8. Thank you for this post. I am trying to put together an easy Christmas dinner and this will work in perfectly. And of course I have puff pastry in the freezer! Doesn’t everyone?

  9. And a Very Happy Christmas to you too. Always a joy to see what’s going on in your kitchen.

  10. looks delish and how I wish I could find great puff pastry/1 I think I might ask my friend who is a pastry chef to sell me some; have a great Xmas and New Year!

  11. Oh I love you for making me realise Trader Joes sells puff pastry!

  12. I hope you have an amazing Christmas holiday. Enjoy ever moment.

  13. Your grand daughter is going to follow in your foot steps and be a fnatastic Italian cook one day, Marie! Buon Natale and a happy healthy 2013!

  14. My Trader Joe’s no longer carries the puff pastry! Such a disappointment, now I have to buy Pepperidge Farm (DuFour is like $10. per box).
    Merry Christmas Marie! xo

  15. Yummy filling for a quick and easy appy. Those cookies look wonderful, too.

  16. The tiny tarts look so good. Thanks for the great visuals accompanying the recipe. I’ve never used puff pastry before and this was very helpful! The little puff cookies look quick and easy, perfect this late in the game!

  17. You always post the best stuff, Marie! Have a very merry Christmas. One day when I’m in Chicago . . .

  18. What a great appetizer idea Marie. I have plenty of fixins’ in the house – and puff pastry too, so I’m good to go. Those cookies looks wonderful and how fun that you are able to share the joy of the kitchen with your granddaughter. May you all have a happy happy time together at Christmas.

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