I really like Blue Cheese, but sometimes it’s just too pungent to eat by itself. Enter these puffs. Perfect, flaky puff pastry (either store-bought or homemade) and just the hint of melty cheese. A great accompaniment to any a Mother’s Day breakfast, this savory snack compliments scrambled eggs and sweet options alike.
You can either use store-bought puff pastry, which makes this a super quick snack, or you can make your own puff pastry. Making puff pastry on your own takes awhile but isn’t super difficult. You make a lean dough out of water and flour and then laminate the butter.
Time – 15 minutes if you’re using store-bought. About 6 hours or overnight if you make your own.
- Store-bought or homemade puff pastry
- about 1 cup of blue cheese
To make your own puff pastry:
- 2 sticks of butter
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- Place the butter between two sheets of plastic wrap, and pound until its a large, flat rectangle. Place in the fridge until cool and firm.
- Mix the flour and water until just combined, and then place in the fridge for 30 minutes to relax and cool down. Don’t mix the dough too much because it will turn tough.
- Once the dough is cool, turn it out on a floured surface.
- Roll to a thin rectangle and place the butter in the middle. Fold the dough over it and seal the edges. Roll out again, and then fold by folding the top third over the middle third and then the bottom third over everything. Turn the dough 90 degrees so you’re rolling a different direction. Roll out again, and repeat the fold. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes or an hour, or until chilled again.
- Repeat the above step 3 more times, ensuring that the dough is well chilled in between turns so that the butter doesn’t melt into the dough.
- Once you have layers, chill in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
To finish the puffs:
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Roll the puff pastry into a thin sheet. Cut it into small squares, about an inch around. Place a small (about 1 teaspoon) piece of blue cheese in the center. Fold opposite corners together, pressing together so they hold in the top.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until puffed up and golden brown.
- Serve and enjoy!
This recipe for puff pastry make a lot of puff pastry. Use it to make these puffs, or use half and save the other half in the fridge for a few days and use it to make something else.