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    Monday, September 01, 2014

    Mini Croissants - Best Appetisers - So Simple

    When the World Cup was on, I received a link to Jamie Oliver's daily "youtube" update, Food Tube. A young French Guy, (turns out that's what he calls himself), The French Guy, suggested making Mini Croissants, from bought puff pastry.
    I was first attracted by the version, using Nutella, I knew the kids would like that AND they did.
    So it is so simple
    Take a sheet of frozen puff pastry, cut it into a large circle and cut into triangles
    The pastry I use is 25cm x 25cm
    Out of that I got 8 triangles

    Beside the Nutella filling, for adults, the Chef offered 2 other ideas
    Pesto and Mozzarella
    Or Cheese and Ham, 
    I had mixed up a tasty Cream Cheese filling
    So so simple, just take about 100 gms cream cheese, 
    Mix well with some tubed Chilli and Basil
    Squeeze out around 2.5 cms of each herb. 
    Really to your taste
    By the way, you could add some chopped fresh Chilli and some chopped Fresh Basil
    but I really like to have these on hand
    You don't have to add anything else, this is just right, as Goldilocks would say
    I actually mixed this up, for a base for Pizza Blanca. Excellent. Had some left over so I thought this could be tasty in these croissants. Perfect
    Pre-heat your oven to 200C

    Take your triangle, spread the pesto over 2/3 of the triangle, leaving some space at the top
    Break the Mozzarella into small pieces and place on top
    From the bottom, roll them up one at a time
    Place onto baking sheet, lined with baking paper
    Press down and brush with an egg, beaten with a little water
    Below, the filling is the Cream Cheese mix, with a slice of shaved ham
    Bake till golden brown about 8-10 minutes could take a little longer, keep an eye on them
    Cool on a rack

    They are so popular. perfect to make for pre dinner drinks
    Or anytime for the kids

    Once again for the kids version
    Just smear the triangle with Nutella and follow the procedure as above, then bake

    In the last few years, I have also taken to making Pinwheels, to serve with drinks.
    Have a look at the method here

    Change that filling a la the croissants above
    Pesto and Mozzarella
    Or Ham and Cream Cheese Mixture
    One more use for this delicious Cream Cheese
    Spread onto a Blini, place some Smoked Salmon on top
    Little lemon juice and some cracked pepper
    Hey Presto, another delight
    This little batch, went up to the hospital, to give the beloved a wee treat. He loved them

    1 comment:

    Jenny Lunn said...

    super idea Gillian, now Imogen is enjoying school there are often events where we need to 'take a plate' they look ideal. Thanks Jenny