Puff pastry appetizers are my favorite. Not only because of the rich and flaky buttery layers, but also because they are so easy to make ahead of time. As someone who likes to entertain, I know just how hectic the day before and morning of can be. Having a delicious go to appetizer that I can make ahead and freeze- for up to 3 months!- then just slice and bake the day of. Priceless! This time I paired puff pastry with kalamata olives and feta, my favorite Mediterranean flavor combo. The result is yummy salty goodness.
Kalamata Olive and Feta Pinwheels
1 package puff pastry
4 cups kalamata olives, chopped
7-10 ounces of feta cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Leave the frozen puff pastry on the counter for 20 minutes. In the meantime, finely mince several cloves of garlic. Chop the olives, taking care to look for pits. Even in supposedly pitted olives there can be a few surprises.
On a floured board roll out the pastry. I buy the Trader Joe’s puff pastry. It comes two to a package and they sell it flat. I roll it out to about 2 extra inches in each direction. It should end up a rectangle, not a square. Sprinkle the garlic on top, then the olives and cheese. You can use as much or as little feta as you like. Crack some fresh pepper on top, then roll up the pastry. You want to roll it long ways, so you get a long tube. Repeat process with the second sheet of pastry.
Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 30 minutes, and up to 3 months. When you are ready to serve, preheat the oven to 400º. Keep the roll on the counter to defrost a bit while the oven heats up. Slice about 1″ thick and lay on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden. Serve hot or room temperate.
A votre santé!