12.18.2011

Susan's Mustard Puffs


What we need now is something brilliant and fast, so I turned to Susan from
Savoring Time in the Kitchen. She's one of my favorite people and I love her blog. Quite a while back I saw this recipe and thought: I'm going to use that next Christmas at a party.....or make them and take them as a hostess gift. And that's exactly what I did. Twice.  Have you made them yet? Quick, easy peasy and everyone will love them. I always try to keep some puff pastry ready to go in the fridge during holidays, whether I suddenly need to make a dessert or an appetizer. No need to go to the store to make these puffs.

Mustard Puffs
Adapted by Susan from Mustard Batons from Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan



Ingredients:

2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
All purpose flour, for rolling out puff pastry
½ cup Dijon mustard
1 large egg
Coarsely ground pepper
Sea Salt

Method:
Place the racks inside the oven so that the oven is divided into thirds. Preheat oven to 400F. Place a silicone baking mat or parchment paper on two large baking sheets.

Take one pastry sheet out of the package and keep the other refrigerated until ready to use. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until it measures 12 x 16 inches, approximately, with the shortest end facing you. Find the middle and mark it lightly. On the lowest half, spread about ¼ cup of mustard, stopping about 1/8 inch from the side and bottom edges. Fold the top of the dough over the bottom. Mark the pastry every ¾ inch or so, then cut into strips using a pizza/pastry cutter or sharp knife.

Carefully, transfer the strips to one of the lined baking sheets (keeping about 2 inches between them since they will puff up) and chill or freeze while you work on the second sheet of puff pastry. At this point, you can freeze them on the sheets and then wrap air-tight until ready to use for up to 2 months. 

When ready to bake, beat the egg with a little cold water and brush the tops of the strips. Sprinkle them with coarsely ground pepper and sea salt (Dorie suggests poppy or sesame seeds).

Bake for 8 minutes, rotate and transfer the sheets, then bake for another 7 to 8 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly before serving. 



36 comments:

  1. Love those puff sticks...so crumbly. Mustard spread sounds amazing.

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  2. Those sound so good -- I may have to make some! -- I'll pick up some puff pastry at the market. I think they would be a good bread to go with a salad.

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  3. That is something I really love. Your cheese straws look delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  4. I bookmarked this on Susan's blog too. Thanks for the reminder. I've just put puff pastry on my grocery list.

    Best,
    bonnie

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  5. I saw these on Susan's blog an like you, loved them instantly. Cheese straws are a part of my southern heritage and the holidays aren't the same without them.
    Sam

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  6. These sound perfect for the holidays! Like you, I love puff pasty for so many things. One is for individual pizzas.

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  7. What a brilliant idea and so simple. I am going to add these to our Christmas table. Might try some other toppings too.

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  8. I'm adding puff pastry to today's 'to do' list right now. These are great, we have cheese plates for entertaining, and even dinner, often, and these would be the perfect addition.

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  9. Look amazing Barbara:)

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  10. They sound so quick and easy and perfect to have on hand for the holidays!!

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  11. Barbara, this sounds amazingly delicious. Yummmmm.... Perfect for this coming hectic festive season.
    Hope you're having a fabulous time.
    Blessings,
    Kristy

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  12. Stellar! I'm adding those to my list. I am already tired of sweets and haven't baked my own to give!

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  13. I love this idea and served in that Christmas mug. Thanks for posting this Barbara ... now if I just had time to make it.

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  14. wow. i am so printing this one out. they sound so good!

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  15. Aren't they wonderful? They are great with soup too. Thanks to Dorie for a great recipe and thanks to you for the mention, Barbara.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  16. I have made these too because of Susana and we loved them..I bought something already made this week..for a guest.I was embarrassed:( Terrible..many broken..hard as rocks..You can't beat these!

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  17. I get enormous satisfaction out of pulling something together fast when the occasion presents itself. Your guests are wowed and you didn't spend days at the oven. This looks like a keeper and I often have puff paste in the freezer ready to go.... same with filo (that I make into garlic chicken bites... a gift recipe from a neighbor years ago). Susan is one smart cookie, and obviously a great hostess (as you are!).

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  18. What a great idea! I will be trying these. I'm all about easy and great tasting .

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  19. These look luscious - I have been in love with mustard since I was a little kid, so I would love it if you brought these to my Christmas party!

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  20. Buttery AND mustardy? These sound like they can't be beat. ;)

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  21. These look like such yummy snacks, perfect with mustard!

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  22. How would I ever get by without a package of puff pastry in the freezer! I saw this recipe on Susan's blog but have never tried it. I know these puffs would be lovely with a nice salad. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas holiday, Barbara.

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  23. Hi Barbara. Quick and easy is definitely much needed at my place :) These sound delicious, I would definitely have to give them away otherwise I'd be in danger of eating them all.

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  24. These look lovely and would be wonderful to put out at a party! Your festive mug is so pretty, Barbara.

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  25. How easy is that! Look delicious.

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  26. they look so easy to make! mustard is always great

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  27. Wow, that is so easy! :o And perfect for Christmas nibblies too!

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  28. This is the only Dorie recipe I've ever made that didn't turn out. I'm glad it did for you!

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  29. Aww I love Susan also but somehow missed these on her blog! What a great breadstick replacement these are!

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  30. Now aren't these just the perfect pre-dinner nibble over the holidays? I love mustard--bookmarking this!

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  31. I have the book. I ask myself why I haven't made this. It looks delicious.

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  32. I am not a huge bread person.. but these Mustard Puffs look absolutely amazing. They definitely make me want to change my mind about bread

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  33. while i usually save my puff pastry for dessert applications, i can't deny how tasty these look!

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  34. I love the idea of these! I'm going to forward this to my neighbors in case they want to make some to give to us. :)

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  35. I adore Susan's blog too. This is a GREAT recipe for the busy holidays, quick, simple and pleasing to the crowds.

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  36. I'm going to a cocktail party tomorrow and this would make a nice hostess gift.

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