Party Panache, Puff Pastry Bites

Do you have a food hero? One of mine is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa.  I love her directness, she simply prepares food well.  She doesn’t fuss over things or make complicated recipes.  She uses quality ingredients and respects them.

These Puff Pastry Bites are her recipe and it is one of our holiday traditions.

Italian puff pastry bites

Puff pastry, good salami or ham, Gruyere cheese, a little mustard…what’s not to love?


It goes together in minutes


It looks beautiful


And tastes like heaven!

Italian puff pastry bites


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 boz 2 sheets frozen puff pastry such as Pepperidge Farm, defrosted
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 lb thin slices of quality salami or ham
  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese grated
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper or silpat on a sheet pan.
  • Lay one sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and lightly roll into a 10-inch square. .
  • Place it on the sheet pan and brush the pastry with all the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border.
  • Arrange the salami in overlapping layers on the mustard and sprinkle the grated cheese evenly on the salami, also avoiding the border
  • Brush the border with the egg wash.
  • Lightly roll the second piece of puff pastry into a 10-inch square. Lay the pastry directly on top of the first square, lining up the edges.
  • Use a fork to crimp and seal the edges. Brush the top with the egg wash, cut three large slits for steam to escape.
  • Bake the pastry in the center of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes, cut in squares, and serve hot or warm. Makes about 25 squares.
Keyword appetizer, Gruyere cheese, party bites, puff pastry, salami, sandwich bite
10 Responses to “Party Panache, Puff Pastry Bites”
  1. Oh boy, I’d have that right now for breakfast! Sounds great, I love Ina too:@)

  2. Mary says:

    Jenna, You had me at Puff Pastry… I’ve seen Ina make these but they didn’t capture my attention on now! I’m with Lynn on wishing I had a couple for breakfast 🙂

  3. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    >________________________________ > From: the Painted Apron >To: >Sent: Friday, December 13, 2013 3:03 AM >Subject: [New post] Party Panache, Puff Pastry Bites > > > >the Painted Apron posted: “Do you have a food hero? One of mine is Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I love her directness, she simply prepares food well. She doesn’t fuss over things or make complicated recipes. She uses quality ingredients and respects them. These Puff Pas” >

  4. Diane says:

    Oh, my!! Anything with puff pastry and my hubby will love these! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. This would be a delicious addition to our Christmas brunch. We love In’a recipes too. If I could keep only one author’s cookbooks in my bookcase it would be Ina’s. Her recipes never let us down. Happy Holidays.

  6. YUM! These look fantastic!

  7. Looks delicious Jenna. The flakey and yummy layers sound really good to me. Pinned and I will try this next time we want pizza. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Trivia.
    Have a very Merry Christmas,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  8. Jenna, these look delicious and you are right easy which is critical! I am going to make these as an appetizer for a party I am having next week. I’ve been racking my brain trying to think of what to make other than my standard fare and now I know! Stopping by to visit from Foodie Friday.

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