Savory Pumpkin Puffs

  • Yield: Makes 18 to 24
Savory Pumpkin Puffs

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2003

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for parchment
  • 1 standard package (17.3 ounces) frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Generously flour two pieces of parchment paper; on each, roll out an unfolded pastry sheet to form a 15-by-13-inch rectangle, about 1/16 inch thick. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, stir the paprika into the melted butter.

  2. Remove pastry from the refrigerator, and brush off excess flour. Spread a rectangle of pastry with mustard; sprinkle with both cheeses. Season with pepper. Lay a second pastry rectangle on top.

  3. Place a sheet of parchment on top of the stacked pastry; using a rolling pin, roll until smooth and pastry layers are sealed together. Remove parchment, and brush top of pastry with butter mixture. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes.

  4. With a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter, cut into 18 to 24 shapes. Immediately place the shapes on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a sharp paring knife, score each shape four or five times to make pumpkin ridges. Bake until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer puffs to a wire rack; let cool slightly before serving.

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