I’d like to share a little confession and a redemptive recipe. Let me say first that I hate to buy prepared foods. If I had endless amounts of time, I would bake all the bread that is consumed in our house, prepare each and every dessert, concoct every soup (which I do for the most part), and never buy a can of sauce (is tomato sauce really that difficult?).
Disavowing prepared foods and ingredients keeps you aware of what you are eating and can be much healthier. For example, most canned soups have extremely high salt content. Making your own soup relies on fresh produce, which can be purchased locally to help support your community and help the environment. For me, I love having that connection with everything I am eating.
Despite these aspirations, I allow the occasional convenience like most sane people. You might have thought the above was my confession but here it is: I love puff pastry sheets. Sure you can make your own pastry, but these sheets are just so handy for the quick lunch or snack. Here are two quick and easy lunches to make with puff pastry:
- Puff Pastry Pizzas- My grocery stores offers puff pastry in individual rounds, but if you don’t have this extra convenience, use a bowl as a guide to cut your puff pastry into individual sized circles. With a knife, score a circle around the inside of each pastry, about 1/4 inch from the edge. This will create a border crust around your pizza and keep the cheese and fillings safely inside. Add your fillings and bake at 400 degrees F for 15-20 minutes. In my puff pastry, I put a mixture of onion and garlic, sauteed until soft and browned, sliced tomatoes and farmer’s cheese. You can mozzarella, goat’s cheese or anything your heart desires.
- Puff Pastry Twists- Use two sheets of pastry for this recipe. Place one sheet down on the lightly-floured table and put a single layer of parma ham, prosciutto, or other thinly cut meat, on top. Dollop Blue cheese, Roquefort or Gorgonzola cheese all over this layer. Place the other layer of pastry on top and seal the edges. With a rolling pin flatten and seal layers together. Cut into one-inch strips with a sharp knife. Twist each strip several times and lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or until evenly browned.