Before I had my son I used to cater private parties around the holidays and these were requested year after year. Of course I was thrilled because they are so inexpensive and easy to make in large batches. A real crowd pleaser these addictive bites are crispy, salty, and a little sweet – perfect with a cocktail before dinner. I started by offering them for the kids who didn’t like the more sophisticated canapes featuring caviar or seafood. After I ran out in the first 20 minutes I knew to make triple the amount for the next time because the adults loved them too! Even though the ingredients are commonly found in your pantry or freezer, combined this way they taste more delicious than you’d ever imagine. These are perfect for your next cocktail party or equally at home with a beer during a playoff game. Plan to make extra because they go fast! You can substitute other cured meats if you like. I used turkey pepperoni this time which cut the fat in half, but it was thicker and less pliable than regular pepperoni so the end result was a little clunky looking. You could also use capicola, proscuitto, salami, or even ham if it’s what you like or what you have in the deli drawer. Obviously the cheese is also flexible. I used to use gruyere for catering but I bought pre-sliced swiss for these and it was much faster and the flavor was nice. It’s convenient to keep a package of puff pastry in your freezer for things like this so when your friends pop in on a Friday night for a drink you can whip these up in minutes and inspire their awe with your incredible domestic skills! Even if you don’t actually have any! :) Also an easy recipe for your kids to participate in–both the cooking AND the eating!
1 12 x 12 sheet of puff pastry
pepperoni or other sliced deli meat
6 slices swiss cheese (or any other cheese)
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves (dried works too)
4 Tbl honey mustard
Cut the puff pastry in half so you have 2 strips. Lay them out in front of you so that the long side is perpendicular to your body. Spread 2 Tbl of honey mustard (more if you love mustard) on the pastry leaving a 1 inch strip bare along the top. Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp thyme on each section. Cover the mustard with a single layer of pepperoni or other meat. Place 3 slices of cheese on each strip. With your fingers, carefully roll the pastry away from you so you have two long tubes. Cut them on the diagonal into 1 inch pcs and place on a cookie sheet. You can also cut them thinner and make pinwheels. Bake at 375 F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 22 – 24 pcs. You can serve them with extra honey mustard for dipping if you like. Also an egg wash will make them more golden and if you really want to get fancy you can sprinkle them lightly with extra thyme but they will get eaten so fast I swear nobody will notice!