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Puff pastry spoons with cheese and salmon: your aperitif even more special!

Total time: 30 min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4-6
By foppio
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Puff pastry spoons are a delightful and elegant appetizer that will impress your guests. These bite-sized spoons are made with flaky puff pastry and filled with a variety of delicious toppings, from savory to sweet. They're perfect for any occasion, whether it's a fancy dinner party or a casual gathering with friends. Making puff pastry spoons is surprisingly easy and requires only a few ingredients: puff pastry, egg wash, and your choice of filling. The possibilities for fillings are endless, but some popular options include smoked salmon and cream cheese, caramelized onions and goat cheese, or Nutella and fresh berries. With their crispy texture and delicious flavor, these puff pastry spoons are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

How to Create the Curved Puff Pastry Spoons

Use the inner carton of a roll of towel paper, plastic wrap, or foil, and wrap the carton with foil. Carefully place the spoon over the roll to create a bend.

Puff Pastry Variations

There are many different fillings you can add to your puff pastry spoons:

  • Caramelized onions and goat cheese
  • Cherry tomato, mozzarella, and fresh basil
  • Spinach and feta cheese
  • Bacon and cheddar cheese
  • Sauteed mushrooms and truffle oil
  • Ham and Swiss cheese filling

You can even add a sweet filling:

  • Nutella and fresh berries filling
  • Nutella and sliced banana
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Tips

Keep the puff pastry cold before baking for a flaky texture. The puff pastry should be completely thawed so it’s pliable enough to roll out but still cold. The best is to leave it to thaw overnight in the fridge instead of leaving it on the kitchen counter at room temperature.

The oven should be hot (preheated to 180°). If you see the puff pastry spoons brown too quickly, you can place a sheet of foil loosely on top.

Brushing the puff pastry with egg wash gives it a shiny and golden crust.

Experiment with different seasonings and herbs to add flavor to the spoons. Instead of white sesame seeds, use coarse salt, black sesame seeds, or nigella seeds.

How to Store Puff Pastry Spoons

Store the puff pastry spoons (without their filling) in an airtight container (in the fridge) for up to 2 days. Reheat the pastries in the oven to make them crispy again.

Ingredients
Puff pastry
2 rolls
egg yolk
1
Milk
60 ml (¼ cup)
sesame seeds for decoration
Cream Cheese
100 g (½ cup)
cured salmon
12 slices
salad leaves

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F. Roll out puff pastry sheets and cut tablespoons out of them.

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Place the spoons on a floured cutting board.

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Brush each pastry spoon with egg wash (egg yolk whisked with milk) and top with sesame.

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Layer the spoons over a tube of foil. Bake for 15 minutes.

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In the meanwhile, prepare the filling. Roll up the small pieces of salmon.

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Pipe cream cheese onto the spoon, then add a small piece of lettuce.

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Top it off with a piece of rolled salmon.

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Enjoy!

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