Stock the fridge with lots of food now…
The holiday season is upon us. Bring on the booze, roast dinners, and baked goods. No wonder everyone gains weight this time of the year. The amount of food and libations thrown at you is truly sinful in its abundance. Not to mention all the leftovers. There is simply no need to cook or buy any more groceries after Thanksgiving or Christmas day. Everything you need to sustain life for a couple of days can be found in the fridge.
So….what’s for dinner????
Hungry? Go the kitchen, sniff around and you’ll find something to eat. No cooking needs to be done because all you have to do is just warm things for dinner and eat leftover pie for breakfast. BUT….what happens when you (dare I say it…) get tired of leftovers? What happens when you can’t eat one more spoonful of reheated mashed potatoes and stuffing? What happens when everyone avoids that leftover roast like the plague?
Don’t lose it, reuse it!
Well, then you gotta get creative. For me, the solution is simple-just wrap up everything in pastry. Extra fruit or veg? Make a tart or galette! You got a load of roast chicken or turkey leftover? Stuff it in puff pastry. Stuff it in puff pastry with all the good stuff-bacon, cheese, garlic then toast it in the oven until it is golden brown and flaky. I can’t get enough of these little delicious triangles and neither can my family which is a good thing. Waste not, want not….eat up.
Puff pastry stuffed with cooked chicken or turkey, bacon, tomatoes, garlic, scallions and cheese then baked into a delectable triangle. #snacks #appetizer #baking #puffpastry #chicken #bacon
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken or turkey (roughly chopped)
4–5 strips of uncooked bacon (finely chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
2 fresh red tomatoes (pulped removed and diced)
1/2 cup scallions (finely chopped)
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1/2 tbsp fresh chopped thyme leaves (optional)
1 egg (beaten)
20 puff pastry squares (8 cm x 8 cm / ~4 in x 4 in)
light sprinkling of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Preheat oven to 230 C / 450 F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine chopped chicken, chopped bacon, minced garlic, diced fresh tomatoes, chopped scallions, grated Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise and thyme together. Lightly sprinkle with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper then mix together until everything is evenly dispersed and coated.
Lay out puff pastry squares on baking paper. Allow to defrost enough so that you can handle it without it falling apart. If it is too frozen to bend without breaking, simply place in in the oven for 30 seconds. If it is too soft that touching it makes turns into a gigantic mess, place in freezer to firm up.
Place a large spoonful of filling mixture in the center of the puff pastry square. Carefully fold puff pastry over diagonally, forming a triangle. If you are having trouble folding it and sealing it together, pick up the pastry sheet and fold together in your hands. I find that this works better then folding it over flat on the oven tray.
Seal with edges with a fork and brush with beaten egg. Continue until all the mixture is used up.
Bake in the oven at 230 C / 450 F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and puffy. Remove from oven, allow to cool and feast away.
- Category: Snack, Appetizer
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: Western
Keywords: pastry, chicken, bacon, garlic, cheese, baked goods