3 Puff Pastry Appetizer Ideas

At our house, the holidays aren't the holidays, unless they are a few fancy puff pastry hors d'oeuvres passed around. It sets the tone right away that the event is special, and they are just the perfect nibble to go along with a glass of something bubbly. Here are 3 of my favorite puff pastry appetizer ideas!

Fig and Brie Braid freshly baked on a walnut board with knife

Video Demo on These 3 Puff Pastry Appetizers Below!


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Fig & Brie Braid

First up, a Fig Jam and Brie Braid. This not only tastes delicious but is so pretty too! Also, I recommend using Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets for this since the pastry is already perfectly scored for making a braid.

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All you do is spread some fig jam in the center panel. Then top with sliced brie or camembert.

Fig and Brie Braid in Puff Pastry on a Walnut Board with a Knife
Brie and Fig Jam Braid

This can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge until ready to bake, or for a few days before and kept in the freezer, no need to thaw first, just pop right in the oven! Just be sure in either case it is covered well in foil so the pastry doesn't dry out sitting in the fridge or freezer.

The combination of the flakey pastry, the sweet jam, and gooey cheese is so delicious! I also top with some raw walnuts for a little nutty crunch.

Cutting into a slice of a fig and Brie Braid with a fork and a knife

Mushroom Tartlets

These Mushroom Tartlets with Thyme and Cheese are another fantastic option that is so delicious! Betcha you cannot eat just one. They are made with the same puff pastry sheets. All you do is cut the pastry into squares, fir it into a mini muffin tin, and fill with my delicious holiday mushroom mixture.

Mushroom Tarts made with puff pastry on a wooden platter

Topped with Italian cheese and fresh thyme, these are a wonderful bite-sided nibble for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year's Eve. 

Close up of Mushroom Tartlets on a Wooden Board

Sausage and Cheese Pinwheels

Puff pastry pinwheels are a classic holiday appetizer and this spicy Sausage and Cheese Pinwheel Recipe will become your new favorite! They are such an easy appetizer to prepare. Choose your fillings, roll, slice, and bake! They are also a great appetizer to make ahead of time. 

Freshly Baked Sausage and Cheese Pinwheels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

You can refrigerate the log up to 3 days ahead before baking or freeze up to one month ahead of time. Defrost slightly at room temperature then slice and bake. 

A person holding a baking sheet with sliced pinwheels filled with sausage and cheese




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  4. Dear Beth , I made the fig and Brie Braid for our family Christmas gathered and like you said it was the thing to go. Very delicious and easy to put together .

  5. The brie and fig puff pastry is now a requested tradition in our household. Thank you for these wonderful recipes! I'm trying out the italian pinwheel recipe this Friday and I know it'll be a hit!

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