Heart Puffs

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Heart Puffs define the concept of Impress Not Stress cooking!  These melt-in-your-mouth nibbles look like you spent hours in the kitchen.  In reality, this three-ingredient appetizer takes only a few minutes to cut out the hearts from a sheet of puff pastry, brush with a little egg and sprinkle on seasonings.  Pop in the oven for 15 minutes, and BOOM – you have delicious golden puffs of flavor that won’t ruin anyone’s appetite for dinner.

Puff Pastry is a marvelous invention that lives in the freezer section of your grocery store.  I buy the store brand, the quality is comparable to the brand name.  A box usually contains 2 sheets.  It will need to be thawed before use so it is pliable.  Puff pastry works best cold. You don’t want it at room temperature – it gets too sticky.  I sprinkle a little flour on a cutting board to prevent any sticking.  If you work really fast, you don’t need the flour – but I hate to chance it. As this is for Valentine’s Day, I’m using a heart cookie cutter.  I make Star Puffs for Patriotic celebrations, using a star cookie cutter.

This recipe requires one egg that is beaten with a whisk or a fork.  This creates an egg wash, which is used to make the pastry golden brown. It is also the “glue” that adheres the toppings to the pastry’s surface. A pastry brush is the easiest way to apply the egg wash. However, if you don’t have one, just wad up a paper towel, dip it in egg and gently spread it over the pastry.  The goal is to apply an even thin layer of the egg wash.

I love Everything Bagel Seasoning – along with the flavor, I like the way it looks. I’ve also used Italian Seasoning and experimented with creating my own mix of seasoning using paprika, garlic, rosemary, and oregano. Zhoosh your hearts with a sprinkle of grated cheese (parmesan, cheddar) and some fresh herbs.  The puff pastry makes an excellent base for all sorts of flavors, including cajun, taco, chili, hickory, or lime. You could also go sweet instead of savory with apple pie spice.  Have fun with it! 

These heart-shaped puffs of flavor rate a “WOW!” on the Impress-O-Meter. The next-to-no effort awards this recipe a “Relaxed” reading on the Stress-O-Meter.

Three ingredients! Puffed Pastry, Seasoning and an Egg.  A heart shaped cookie cutter is perfect for Valentine's Day.
Three ingredients! Puffed Pastry, Seasoning and an Egg. A heart shaped cookie cutter is perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Roll out the puff pastry on a cutting surface lightly sprinkled with flour.  Use heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut.
Roll out the puff pastry on a cutting surface lightly sprinkled with flour. Use heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut.
Place cut-out hearts on a silicone mat  on a baking pan
Place cut-out hearts on a silicone mat or sheet of parchment paper on a baking pan
Beat one egg with a fork or whisk.  Coat cut-outs with a thin layer of the egg wash.
Beat one egg with a fork or whisk. Use a pastry brush to coat cut-outs with a thin layer of the egg wash.
Generously sprinkle seasoning on hearts
Generously sprinkle seasoning on hearts. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes
Puffs are done when golden brown.  Cool pan on a cooling rack.
Puffs are done when golden brown. Cool pan on a cooling rack.
Place in a basket or on a platter and serve warm.

Heart Puffs

Recipe by Jane BruceCourse: AppetizersDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes

These 3 ingredient, quick and easy, heart-shaped appetizers pop with flavor and melt in your mouth.  

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet Puff Pastry

  • 1 Egg – beaten

  • Everything Bagel Seasoning

  • Heart shaped cookie cutter

Directions

Notes

  • Puff Pastry is found in the freezer section of your grocery store.  A box usually contains 2 sheets.  It must be thawed before use.  Puff pastry works best cold – it gets sticky at room temp.
  • If you don’t have an egg, olive oil will also work
  • A pastry brush is a worthwhile kitchen gadget, but a wadded up paper towel will work in a pinch. Dip the paper towel in the egg wash and gently spread on the pastry.
  • Any type of seasoning will work! Italian, cajun, taco, chili, hickory, or lime or create your own blend. You could also go sweet instead of savory with apple pie spice, Zhoosh your hearts with a sprinkle of grated cheese (parmesan, cheddar) and some fresh herbs. 
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters are great for Valentine’s Day, birthday’s, showers and date night. A star cutter works for Patriotic holidays and other celebrations.

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