Posts Tagged ‘puff pastry’

Serve it :: Monte Cristo with a Brazilian Twist

Brazilian appetizers

 

While participating in a cooking challenge at the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Innovation Center, we were inspired by¬†Brazilian appetizers and came up with this play on the traditional¬†monte cristo recipe. It’s made with guava paste which pairs so perfectly with the saltiness of the ham inside. Puff Pastry sheets replaced bread and this buttery, flaky flavor means all of your guests will love these — kids and adults!

monte cristo recipe

 

I had never worked with guava paste before. It is a really interesting ingredient and added just the right amount of sweetness to this sandwich.

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In The (Test) Kitchen

Over the past six months, I’ve been collaborating with Pepperidge Farm and sharing my original¬†recipes using Puff Pastry. Along the way, my readers were asked to submit ideas for recipes they would like to create using puff pastry and just a few weeks ago one reader (Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery!) got the news she would be heading with me to the Pepperidge Farms Innovation Center to compete in our own version of a Top Chef inspired cooking challenge.

Pepperidge Farms Blogger Trip

We arrived with several other bloggers and guests for a day of inspiration, taste testing and recipe development! Above is Sharon and I in the Pepperidge Farm test kitchen. It was SO cool!

Puff Pastry Cooking Challenge

With aprons tied, we worked together to create two dishes that would be presented to the judges. Our mission was to create two recipes each inspired by a new food trend –Brazilian influence and using Greek yogurt in a savory dish. Above were our two dishes.

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Serve It :: Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

 

strawberry cheesecake bites

Strawberries and cheesecake are a combo you just can’t argue with. I created these simple strawberry cheesecake bites using Pepperidge Farm puff pastry cups which add a delightful, flaky, element to this bite sized dessert.

how to make strawberry cheesecake bites

Begin by baking your puff pastry cups and slicing your strawberries.

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