Store-bought puff pastry is one of those ingredients. You know, to be the perfect Domestic Goddess you should probably make your own but really who has the time for the cold shaved butter, folding the pastry, refrigerating it, folding it some more… zzzzz. The time would be better spent taking a nap.
That’s why ready made puff pastry is so brilliant. You don’t need to do any of the fussing about with getting butter down your nails and if you keep a load of it the fridge you can always throw something together with leftovers or store-cupboard ingredients. Here are 8 ways to make your life that little bit easier:
1. Monday Pie
What do you do with roast dinner leftovers? I chuck mine – veg, meat and potatoes – in a big dish, cover with gravy and add a lid. Boom – Monday Pie!
2. Cheese and Marmite Twists
I have actually made this for a dinner party appetiser because I am eight years old. There is something sooo moreish about cheese and marmite twists and they’re a great way to use up any leftover pastry.
3. Sausage Rolls with Ketchup or Apple
This is a brilliant treat for kids or grownups and one of my favourite lunches. A quick tip: leave out the grated apple and add a generous squeeze of tomato ketchup before closing the pastry parcels. Bloody epic.
4. Goat’s Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart
This is a great lunch if you’re having a bad day; it’s so easy to make yet feels lovely and decadent, especially with the addition of Thyme which really gives it that extra somethin’ somethin’.
5. Pot Pies
Stuff in pot – pastry on top – pot pies, done. Simple, easy and tasty.
6. Pizza Puff Pinwheels
Another one you can pretend will be for the kids but will actually be for you… Pizza Puff Pinwheels! These are best eaten on the sofa after the kids have gone to bed with a glass of wine and trash TV.
6. Mince Pies
Every year I think I’m going to try mince pies again, every year I think it’ll be the time my taste buds will have grown up enough to enjoy it. Every year they let me down. If I were to make mince pies though, these would be the ones.
7. Veggie Wellington
A great vegetarian Christmas dinner option, yet substantial enough for meat eaters, too. This Veggie Wellington will be enjoyed by everyone (I’d prefer mine with a side of steak, though).
8. Apple Puff Tarts
These Apple Tarts look sooooo cute. They’re a great simple dessert that can be prepared in advance of a dinner party then popped in the oven at the last minute, or even served cold.
Do you have a favourite Puff Pastry recipe? Do share!