Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pesto Palmiers

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Recently, we had a houseful of friends with us during the Thanksgiving weekend and I had an elaborate menu planned for the evening. I wanted to make something simple to serve as appetizers since I was simultaneously getting the main course ready. I always have puff pastry sheets in my freezer. They're perfect to have on hand especially when you're looking to feed a crowd with minimal effort. I used puff pastry to make 2 simple snacks- vegetable and cheese pinwheels and these savory pesto palmiers.

For the pinwheels, I got the filling ready ahead of time and kept it in the refrigerator till I was ready to make them.

For the palmiers, I just followed Ina Garten's recipe. I had a small amount of store bought pesto and some sun-dried tomatoes in oil that needed to be used up so that's what I used.

Pesto Palmiers


1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package), thawed according to package instructions

Flour (for rolling out the puff pastry)


Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil


A handful of coarsely chopped walnuts

Powdered Pecorino Romano


On a floured surface, roll the puff pastry sheet out to a rectangle and thin it out a bit.

Pulse together the sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, cheese, pepper and walnuts a couple of times to get a coarse paste.

Spread the paste as evenly as possible over the pastry sheet. Roll up the longer sides of the rectangle towards the center so they meet somewhere in the middle. Tightly wrap using plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm.

Preheat the oven to 375 F. Slice the chilled log into 1/2- inch slices and place onto a greased baking sheet.

Bake for 15 minutes or until the palmiers are golden brown. Turn the palmiers over once halfway through baking process if required.

Serve hot. They taste best straight out of the oven.

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11 Burps:

Veggie Hut said...

lovely pics! amazing recipe!

Sanjeeta kk said...

Love the Palmiers with Pesto on it. Looks crisp and a perfect tea time snack. Happy 2011 to you!

Jennifurla said...

These look perfect, and I have all the ingredients. Happy New year

Marilyn said...

These look delicious! Looking for an appetizer to make for New Year's Day party - these will definitely fit the bill. Thanks for the recipe.

Nags said...

palmiers are such pretty bakes!

MR said...

what agreat appetizer ! happy new year dear @

Siri said...

You know, I saw these pesto palmiers (on my iphone) late last night just before hitting the bed and you won't believe, I actually dreamt about these. You, in your party (I have never seen you, so I pictured some imaginary face, which now I have no clue about), serving these to your guests while you prepare the rest.
Phew! and I open my inbox in the morning, & BAM, there you are with a sweet comment. :-)

See, this is what happens when you see such yummy stuff late in the night!

Wishing you a very Happy and Joyous 2011 TBC.


grace said...

burps instead of comments--i love it.
meanwhile, i've found that palmiers are such an excellent way to appear classy to an unsuspecting guest, yet they're so easy. nice work!

Laavanya said...

A very happy new year to you dear TBC

Dr.Sameena Prathap


Cute little palmiers...:)


Savithri said...

These look so beautiful and delicious!!

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