Puff pastry party canapés recipe


These three recipes work really well together and should provide something for everyone. The best thing about this trio is that they can be prepared well in advance and can all be cooked together in the same oven at the same time for a Christmas party.

Ingredients

For the chorizo sausage rolls

  • 20g/¾oz unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3 cooking chorizo sausages
  • 3 herby pork sausages
  • 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 2 free-range eggs, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • sea salt flakes

For the tapenade and parmesan palmiers

  • 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • 4 tbsp olive tapenade
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten with a pinch of salt
  • 50g/1¾oz parmesan cheese, finely grated

For the cheese straws

  • 250g/9oz ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • 100g/3½oz parmesan, finely grated
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten with a pinch of salt

Method

  1. For the chorizo sausage rolls, melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat, add the onion and thyme and cook gently for five minutes, or until softened. Add the paprika and cook for a further minute. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

  2. Remove the skins from the chorizo and sausages and place in a mixing bowl, add the cooled onions and mix well until completely combined. Unroll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle and then length ways into two long strips. Divide the sausage mixture in half and roll into two long sausages roughly the same length as the pastry.

  1. Brush the pastry with a little beaten egg, lay a sausage down one side of a pastry strip, and roll up tightly. Seal the edge. Repeat with the remaining pastry and filling, then transfer to a tray join-side down, brush all over with the beaten egg and refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 (180C fan). Each roll into 14 equal sized slices and lay on baking trays. Bake for 25 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm.

  3. For the tapenade and parmesan palmiers, lightly flour a clean work surface. Unroll the pastry out onto the floured surface into a large rectangle.

  4. Spread the tapenade over the pastry in an even layer, spreading to the edges of the long end and about 2cm/¾in from the edges of the short end. Roll the two long sides up tightly to meet in the middle, turn over, into 1cm/½in wide palmiers, place side down on a baking tray and press lightly to flatten slightly. Brush all over (including the sides) with a little beaten egg and sprinkle over the parmesan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  5. Cook the palmiers at the same temperature as the sausage rolls. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm. Any leftover tapenade can be used as a dip.

  6. For the cheese straws, unroll the pastry onto a lightly floured surface into a large rectangle. Sprinkle half of the cheese and all of the cayenne pepper over one half of the pastry and then fold over to seal.

  7. Using a rolling pin, roll the pastry into a large rectangle, no thicker than a pound coin. Brush with the beaten egg and then sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Half length ways and then each piece into 12 equal strips. Twist each strip into a neat spiral and lay on a baking tray.

  8. Line two baking trays with grease proof paper. Remove the cling film from the cheese straws and lay them on the lined baking trays. Bake the cheese straws at the same oven temperature as before for 6-8 minutes, or until crisp and golden-brown. Serve warm.