On Puff Pastry…

The Smart & Final down the street from us has the BEST puff pastry.  Nine sheets for $20, which is really good because they are extra large sheets.  I’ve been known to make pizza’s out of them.  Unfortunately, they only have the pastry once every couple months, so if you are lucky enough to be there on the right day, and someone hasn’t gotten to it first, then you grab it… quickly.

IMG_1885So, there I was Saturday morning at 9:00 am, and there it was.  With a light from heaven shining upon it.  The only problem was that there was only one box left.  I felt guilty because Wayne and I had been discussing that we had both been waiting for it to appear.  Could I take the last box and not tell him?  No… so I emailed him…

  • To: Wayne
  • Subject: Puff Pastry
  • Message: Smart and final had one box of my favorite puff pastry.  Wanna share? $10. For 4.5 sheets


  • IMG_1886To: Summer
  • Subject: Re:  Puff Pastry
  • Message: You must be a mind reader.  I was there at 7AM this morning and saw them and picked up two packages and left you one.


  • To: Wayne
  • Subject: Re:  Puff Pastry
  • Message: Well at least you got some! I didn’t want to leave you hanging again! (without the puff pastry, that is)

How to be Neighborly:  Understand that Puff Pastry is communal property.IMG_1888

So given that I had 4.5 more sheets of the puff than planned, here’s what I made for our neighborhood mixer on Sunday evening:

Green & Bleu Tart

  • 1 Sheet puff pastry, thawed, cut in half and lightly rolled out
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 c raw greens, chopped (kale, chard or spinach)
  • 1/4 c sundried tomatoes (or oven roasted tomatoes), diced
  • 1/2 c bleu cheese crumbles

In a frying pan, cook the olive oil and onion until the onion is lightly browned and caramelized.  Spread the onions on one half of the pastry.  Sprinkle greens and tomatoes on the onions, then bleu cheese.  Top with the other half of the pastry, and press down to lightly seal the tart.  Cut cross hatches in the top pastry.

Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes until golden brown.  Slice into 1 inch diagonal squares to serve.Untitled


2 thoughts on “On Puff Pastry…

  1. You are a very good chef
    Beautiful and looks delicious
    Next time I need some also
    Trader Joe’s has a pretty good one
    The only problem is oval shape
    Perfect for quiches


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