Easy Puff Pastry Bites. Party pastry sandwiches layered with YOUR favourite fillings. Optional gluten free; dairy free; vegan.
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Puff Pastry Bites are Perfect Party appetisers
Puff Pastry Bites are simple to make party pastries. They look amazing, taste fabulous and are incredibly versatile. Whether gluten free or not, they are quick to throw together using shop-bought puff pastry, but will turn heads with their simplicity and deliciousness.
Puff Pastry Bites originally created for Coeliac Awareness Week
The original recipe for these party pastries (made with gluten free pastry), was created in 2018 to support Coeliac Awareness Week. Facilitated by Coeliac UK, Awareness Week takes place each year in May and highlights important issues facing the Coeliac community. In 2018, Coeliac UK celebrated its 50th anniversary (being founded in 1968 (when it was known as The Coeliac Society)).
Since then it has gone from strength to strength… Campaigning for and supporting everything from medical research and awareness of the condition, to prescription services, mentoring, food labelling, coeliac-safe restaurants, training for chefs and supermarkets committed to stocking gluten free staples… It is an amazing organisation.
I have written other posts on Coeliac Disease during previous awareness weeks which you can read here and here. An autoimmune condition which affects about 1 in a hundred people, the condition results in serious illness for sufferers when they eat gluten.
What pastry can I use for Puff Pastry Bites?
Although I used gluten free ready-made, shop-bought puff pastry to make Puff Pastry Bites, these party pastries are flexible to lots of variations.
If you feel confident in making your own from scratch gluten free puff pastry, then feel free to go completely home-made.
Alternatively, whether gluten free or not, you can buy ready-to-roll puff pastry block or ready-rolled puff pastry sheet, that will make the whole construction quicker and easier. Jus Rol make a whole range of pastries including a gluten free ready-rolled puff (which is Vegan). Asda also have a similar own-brand gluten free version.
How easy are Puff Pastry Bites?
If using ready-made puff pastry, these morsels are incredibly easy. Once the pastry is rolled, it just needs cutting, baking and filling.
What fillings make the best party pastries?
Puff pastry bites can be filled with pretty much anything, with one golden rule… They need to be constructed with something that will help them to stick together (fairly important for a party pastry). My favourite savoury ‘wet’ fillings are whipped cream cheese, cottage cheese, hummus, patés, and Baba Ganoush. Guacamole works well too, providing it is served soon after filling. You can even use a spread of sticky chutney or jelly.
For extra interest, pair your sticky filling with other meats, fish, or veggies in layers. Just choose your fillings for variety and dietary needs. Whatever you fill them with, they will be guaranteed to bring a smile (Coeliac or not).
Can I make Puff Pastry Bites dairy free and vegan?
The recipe for Puff Pastry Bites
Below you’ll find the recipe for my Puff Pastry Bites. Whether you serve them as pre-dinner appetisers or make them as party pastries for a full-on knees-up, I know they will go down a treat. Trust me… They were devoured in a flash at GFHQ.
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Looking for other party appetisers?
At Gluten Free Alchemist, we are adding to our recipe collections all the time. Why not take a look at our Gluten Free Appetiser and Sides Index and our Party and Picnic Index? For everything else, start with our Main Recipe Book Index and navigate to what you’re looking for…
Meanwhile, here’s a few other party bites to whet your appetite…
Puff Pastry Bites (Savoury Party Pastries)
- cookie cutter(s)
- small bowl
- sharp knife
- whisk (optional)
- Piping bag and tip (optional)
- 400 g pack ready-to-roll puff pastry or use ready-rolled as preferred; GF/Vegan as required
- 1 egg lightly beaten with a little milk
- 2 tbsp cheddar cheese (approx) finely grated
- ½ tsp paprika powder
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 250 g Philadelphia or other cream cheese approx
- 70 g sliced cooked ham approx
- 100 g sliced smoked salmon approx
- 200 g houmous (approx) home-made or shop-bought
- 3 cooked/pickled baby beets (approx) finely sliced
- Base-line 3 to 4 baking trays with baking parchment (or prepare to batch-bake with less).
- Lay a large sheet of non-stick baking paper on your work surface and dust with tapioca flour.
- Place your ready-to-roll pastry on top and dust the top with flour too, before carefully rolling to a thickness of approximately half centimetre. (Skip the rolling if your pastry is already a rolled sheet).
- Using a small cookie cutter, carefully cut out your pastry shapes, trying to minimise any pastry waste (TIP: to get the best flakiness in the pastry, your pastry should (as far as possible) be cut on the first roll-out).
- Place the cut pastry shapes on the prepared baking sheets and chill for half an hour.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 C/350 F/Gas 4.
- Prepare the egg-wash by lightly beating an egg with a little milk using a fork.
- Brush the tops of half of the pastry shapes with egg-wash.
- While the egg wash is still wet, sprinkle a third of the pastry shapes with a little grated cheese, a third with paprika and a third with sesame seeds.
- Bake all of the pastry shapes in the oven until risen, crisp and golden (about 20 to 25 minutes).
- Once baked, remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
- If batch-baking the pastry shapes, repeat the process using the left-over pastry.
Filling the pastry bites
- In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese a little to lighten and add air.
- Take the ham and either cut into smallish pieces or use the cookie cutter that you used for the pastry to cut into shapes – set aside.
- Repeat the same cutting process with the smoked salmon – set aside.
- Slice your baby beets into thin discs with a sharp vegetable knife.
- Use a piping bag with a large open star tip (or just use a teaspoon if easier) to pipe two-thirds of the plain cooked pastry bases with a small blob of cream cheese.
- Top half of the cream cheese piped bases with a piece of ham and the other half with a piece of smoked salmon.
- Take the cheese topped, glazed pastries and carefully pipe a further blob of cream cheese on the underside, before gently pressing onto the ham pastries.
- Repeat the process, piping a small blob of cream cheese onto the underside of the paprika-topped pastries and sandwiching onto the smoked salmon bases.
- Finally, take a clean piping bag with a clean tip, fill with houmous and repeat the same process with the remaining pastry bases and sesame tops, sandwiching two houmous layers with a disc of beetroot. (It is best to make the houmous ones just before you eat them as the houmous will quickly dry and darken at the edges).
- Chill to store.
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Puff Pastry Party Bites shared with :
- Cook Blog Share with Glutarama
- Full Plate Thursday #511 with Miz Helen’s Country Cottage
- What’s For Dinner #289 with The Lazy Gastronome