If you have a block of puff pastry in the fridge, you’re only a few steps away from a comforting, golden-brown pie or a deliciously crisp vegetable tart. Our easy meal ideas are great for using up leftovers, too, as well as being convenient on busy week nights. While these simple puff pastry recipes are simple to make, they’re also impressive, so any last-minute dinner guests will be wowed.
Puff pastry tarts
Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and top with a variety of your favourite ingredients for a speedy supper. Our brie, apple & onion tart with a festive and flavourful layer of cranberry sauce is delicious hot or cold. It also makes the most of any Christmas cheeseboard leftovers. For an Italian-style variation, bake our red pepper, ham & cheese tart.
If you need a dinner party centrepiece that you can make ahead of time, try our roast sweet potato & onion tart with punchy goat’s cheese. Are you cooking for kids? Assemble a puff pizza tart in just five minutes. Or, with as many ingredients, you can make onion & goat’s cheese tarts – and use a shop-bought onion relish for added convenience. Sticky onions are simply irresistible.
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Puff pastry pies & pasties
For chilly evenings, why not prepare a piping hot pie to feed the family. Try our wholesome squash & chorizo pot pies, heady with spice and bursting with wholesome veg. Or, go classic with a chicken & mushroom puff pie, best served with a scoop of creamy mashed potato. You could also put together a ham & tarragon pot pie with a creamy herb sauce and have it on the table in less than an hour.
Want bite-sized pastries? Turn simple tinned ingredients into our beanburger puffs, a satisfying cross between sausage rolls and a veggie burger. Or, wrap up fresh green asparagus, creamy cheese and smoked ham to make asparagus puffs. Serve up these three-step wonders with a simple green salad. Use up what’s left of a cheeseboard too in our ham, cheese & mushroom turnovers.
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Puff pastry snacks
Serve a range of homemade savoury treats this party season for grazing guests. Start with our easy cheese stars, using just a handful of ingredients and any toppings you fancy, then for a touch of the exotic, our char sui puffs. These pastries combine traditional sausage rolls with Chinese flavours.
You’ll only need three ingredients to make that popular party treat, cheese straws. These quick bites are perfect for dipping, or they’re just as delicious on their own. If you’re keen on canapés, whip up a tray of terrific tartlets including our little deli tarts and deep-filled asparagus & mascarpone tartlets. Pair with our easiest ever dips to really make your party pop.
Puff pastry desserts
Puff pastry is the perfect canvas for an utterly indulgent dessert. Our gorgeous flat apple & vanilla tart will be a hit on any occasion, served hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Dinner guests will be impressed by an open plum & almond tart as it looks fantastic but takes very little effort. The frangipane flavours complement the sweet plums perfectly.
For a simpler pudding, bake our rhubarb puffs with a crunchy, oaty streusel topping. The sharp rhubarb, paired with warming cinnamon and brown sugar are everything a dessert needs. Our easy fruit plait evokes the classic apple strudel and is so easy, you can get the kids involved in making it. For a tasty Easter twist, there’s simnel tart with marzipan and mixed fruit – and check out our tip for adapting the recipe to make pastry pin wheels.
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