Puff pastry is your secret weapon for making all sorts of appetizers with very little effort. The paper-thin layers of dough and butter, when subjected to the oven’s heat, rise becoming crispy and golden in the process. Making puff pastry from scratch requires a significant time commitment. Frozen puff pastry from the store is a simple and convenient substitute. The versions made with butter definitely have the best flavor; it’s worth seeking these out in the freezer section. Once you find your favorite brand, keep a few packages on hand. Once thawed, spread nutty Gruyere and earthy, wine-bathed mushrooms over… Read more
Treat your holiday guests to elegant hors d’oeuvres that are deceptively easy to prepare. Crisp, lightly browned baguette slices topped with caramelized onion jam are the base for this deceptively simple-to-prepare appetizer. The sweetness of the onion jam pairs beautifully with Gorgonzola and fresh figs. Contrasting textures of the toasted baguette and creamy, melted cheese come together in one delicious bite. The onion jam can be prepared ahead of time. It would be wonderful atop a pan-seared pork cutlet or roasted chicken sandwich.