Zucchini and salmon palmiers: a delicious and easy to prepare puff pastry appetizer

Total time: 5 min prep 25 min oven
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 4 people
By Cookist

Short on time but need to make a quick appetizer? Then these Zucchini and Salmon Palmiers are for you! These delectable bite-sized treats are made from puff pastry, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and zucchini. With their flaky crust and creamy filling, they are sure to be a hit at any party or gathering. Not only are they super easy to make, but they add just a touch of fancy without breaking the bank! Whether you're hosting a fancy cocktail event or simply want to treat yourself to a tasty snack, zucchini and salmon palmiers are the perfect choice. Follow this recipe to create these delightful appetizers and bring a smile to everyone's face!

What Are Palmiers?

Palmiers have many other names They are also called palm leaf cookies (or palm leaves), French hearts, palmeritas, and even elephant ear cookies. The name “palmiers”, however, comes from the French word for palm trees, as the baked palmiers look like palm leaves. Palmiers can be made into either a sweet or savory treat and while it’s not completely certain when they originated, most believe that they were invented at the beginning of the 20th century in France.

Zucchini and Salmon Palmiers Ingredients

  • Zucchini – use large zucchinis
  • Puff Pastry – use store-bought puff pastry
  • Cream cheese – use any spreadable cheese
  • Salmon – smoked salmon


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. If the pastry is too warm, it won’t puff enough. To make sure you get a nice puff, refrigerate the palmiers for a few minutes before baking!

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

There are many different fillings you can add to your palmiers. Try any of the following:

  • 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

How to Store Zucchini and Salmon Palmiers

Store the palmiers in an airtight container (in the fridge) for up to 2 days. Reheat the pastries in the oven to make them crispy again.


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1 roll puff pastry
Spreadable cheese
150g (3/4 cup)
Sliced ​​smoked salmon
100 g


Grate the zucchini and remove the excess water. Set aside.

Unroll the puff pastry and distribute spreadable cheese over the entire surface.

Add the grated zucchini and season with salt.

Arrange the pieces of salmon on top.

First, roll up to the middle of the sheet and then roll the other half, bringing each roll to the center.

Cut the dough into thick slices.

Transfer puff pastries to the baking tray covered with parchment paper.

Bake them in the oven at 190°C/374°F for 25 minutes.


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