23 Puff Pastry Appetizers You Need To Try

Puff pastry is an incredibly diverse and delicious type of pastry that can be used to create a whole load of different dishes.

The pastry is soft and flakey, but it has a delicate crunch that makes it even more delicious and will leave you wanting more and more.

Puff pastry is a popular choice for appetizers and party food because it tastes great and usually, it doesn’t take too long to cook.

23 Puff Pastry Appetizers You Need To Try

If you’ve found your way to this article, then you are probably looking for some puff pastry recipes yourself.

We’ve put together a list of 23 puff pastry recipes that you absolutely need to try out for yourself right now!

These recipes are really easy to make and they all taste absolutely scrumptious. So let’s dive right in!

1. Parmesan Twists

These Parmesan Twists are very much like breadsticks, but they tasted even better!

The parmesan gives them a lovely and light cheesy flavor and the twisty shape makes them look amazing.

They are a great appetizer for you to serve up at get-togethers and they go beautifully with any main course you choose to make.

2. Beef Wellington Bites

If you’re after something that’s a bit more filling than parmesan twists, or you just want a puff pastry recipe that’s meat-based, then you’ll definitely want to try these Beef Wellington bites!

These bites taste exactly like a normal Beef Wellington, but in a fun, party-sized way.

They are the perfect appetizer to serve at parties and get-togethers.

3. Peach Roses

Not only do these peach roses taste good, but they also look fantastic!

They have been crafted to take on the appearance of actual roses and they are sure to be the talk of the party if you decide to make them.

This recipe is completely sweet as well, so they work perfectly as a light dessert if you had a big meal.

4. Puff Pastry Baked Brie With Cherry Preserves

You might not think to mix cherry and cheese together, but once you try these preserves you won’t look back!

The sweetness of the cherry works wonderfully with the saltiness of the brie and you’ll find that every bite tastes spectacular.

5. Mediterranean Pastry Pinwheels

Pinwheels are a hugely popular choice when it comes to puff pastry, and these Mediterranean pinwheels are no exception.

Packed with sun-dried tomatoes and pesto, you’ll wonder why you never tried this recipe before!

6. Mini Sausage Pies

These mini sausage pies are incredible.

They are small enough that you can have more than one, but once you have had your fill, you’ll be left feeling satisfied.

You might think that this recipe is a bit harder to make, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to know that it’s quite simple, and the results are delicious.

7. Ham And Broccoli Puffs

If you’re looking for a puff pastry that includes some veggies but tastes absolutely amazing, then you definitely need to try these ham and broccoli puffs.

Filled with ham, broccoli, Swiss cheese, and some creamy chive and onion cream cheese, these puffs are the perfect appetizer for any get-together you’re planning.

8. Pesto Twists

These are similar to the parmesan twists, but instead of parmesan, the primary ingredient is indeed pesto.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use pretty much any kind of pesto, and if you grow and make your own pesto, you can use that too!

These pesto twists are great as appetizers, and they pair really well with any main course you choose to make.

9. Ricotta Puffs

Ricotta cheese is a perfect ingredient for puff pastry. It’s creamy and in a lot of ways, sort of sweet.

This recipe takes the ricotta cheese and pairs it with sweet red peppers, which really adds some extra flavor to the puffs.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can add in a little bit of spinach to really make these puffs pop!

10. Caramelized Fennel Tarts

If you’re a fan of the taste of fennel, then you definitely need to try these caramelized fennel tarts.

They work as both an appetizer and a side dish that will complement multiple main courses beautifully.

Once you include this appetizer into your menu, you’ll be wondering why you’ve never tried it before!

11. Jalapeno Popper Pocket

Are you after a puff pastry recipe that has a bit of a kick to it? Well, this jalapeno popper pocket recipe may be just what you need!

The recipe includes jalapenos, chicken, some delightful chive and onion cream cheese, and of course, Monterey Jack cheese (or pepper jack, depending on your preference!).

These jalapeno popper pockets are absolutely bursting with flavor and the kick from the jalapenos is cooled down by the inclusion of the chive and onion cream cheese.

12. Raspberry Chocolate Puffs

Another sweet puff pastry recipe, these raspberry chocolate puffs are perfect for dessert or a quick and delicious sweet treat that is sure to leave you wanting them again and again.

The inclusion of raspberries makes this chocolatey dessert have its own little bit of sharpness that is heavily complimented by the chocolate.

Aside from looking and tasting spectacular, this recipe is actually way easier to make than you might think it is, so you’ll be able to make this recipe in absolutely no time at all.

13. Teriyaki Salmon Bundles

If you love fish and you want a puff pastry that’s a bit different from the norm, then these teriyaki salmon bundles are an absolutely perfect choice for you.

These teriyaki salmon bundles are perfect for dipping and small enough that you can make skewers out of them and dip them in a teriyaki sauce that is included in the recipe.

The sauce actually includes marmalade in it! This is the perfect puff pastry appetizer (see also ‘53 Simple And Delicious Appetizers‘) for anyone who is after delicious party food.

14. Mushroom Pastry Tarts

Don’t worry mushroom lovers, we haven’t forgotten about you!

These mushroom pastry tarts are jam-packed with mushrooms and you can also include a generous amount of walnuts or hazelnuts sprinkled on top.

The inclusion of the nuts gives you an extra crunch that is sure to go down a treat!

 There are quite a few ingredients included in this recipe, but you’ll find that it isn’t complicated to make.

As long as you follow the directions, you’ll have this recipe whipped up in no time at all.

15. Sage & Prosciutto Pinwheels

If you haven’t used sage in your cooking yet, this is a sign that you need to!

These sage and prosciutto pinwheels are absolutely packed with flavor and are a perfect dish to use as an appetizer or a great snack for watching films with.

Another great thing about these pinwheels is that you can freeze them to use for another day, so you can make a big batch and not worry about having to finish them all in one go.

By freezing them, you can enjoy them for even longer!

16. Goat Cheese & Onion Pastries

Who doesn’t love goat cheese? It’s incredibly creamy and tastes divine and in these goat cheese and onion pastries, it tastes even better!

The inclusion of onion really compliments the goat cheese and there’s even bacon in these pastries which only adds to the flavor even further.

The pastry itself gets really flaky, it is soft but has a delicate crunch with every mouthful that is sure to leave you feeling satisfied.

17. Apricot Turkey Pinwheels

These apricot turkey pinwheels are great because they combine the sweet taste of apricot with the savory flavor of the turkey.

Along with these delicious flavors, these pinwheels also include Monterey Jack cheese, and mustard, which amplifies the overall flavors even more.

This is a perfect recipe for parties and get-togethers and will be the talk of the entire night.

These apricot turkey pinwheels are really easy to make as well, so you’ll have them made up and ready to serve in absolutely no time at all.

18. Creamy Blue Cheese Puff Pastry Squares

Blue cheese is a bit of an acquired taste, you either love it or you hate it, and if you love it, then you need to try these creamy blue cheese puff pastry squares right now!

You make this recipe by cooking the pastry itself and then you add the filling afterward, so all you need to focus on is perfecting the pastry, which is completely worth it for the end result.

The blue cheese gives the pastry squares a sharp, tangy flavor and they quickly become very moreish, so you’ll definitely want to make this recipe again.

19. Mashed Potato Pastries

Potato lovers rejoice! These pastries are an absolute must-try for you!

This particular recipe is great to substitute for standard leftovers and it’s a great way for you to use up any extra mashed potatoes you may have.

They taste absolutely delicious and if you want to add a little bit more flavor, sprinkle in some cheese!

These mashed potato pastries are really easy to make and only take about 45 minutes to prep and cook all together, so you’ll be able to enjoy these delightful little treats sooner than you think.

Along with cheese, you can also add some meat if you want a bit of extra flavor, but these mashed potato pastries do taste fantastic with just the mashed potato, so experiment a bit to see what way you like them the most.

20. Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Buffalo chicken is a really popular dish in its original form, but if you don’t have the time to make the full-on dish, then these buffalo chicken pinwheels are definitely worth trying! 

These buffalo chicken pinwheels are a fantastic choice for party food or a great appetizer to kick off your meal.

If you choose to bring these buffalo chicken pinwheels to parties, you’ll have people asking you for the recipe every single time.

One important thing to note when you’re making these buffalo chicken pinwheels is that you want to make sure you don’t cut them too thick, or they won’t cook properly, so just be mindful of that.

21. Pumpkin & Rosemary Puff Pastry Bites

If you’re after something a bit more seasonal, then these pumpkin & rosemary puff pastry bites are an absolute must-try! 

Don’t let the name of this recipe fool you though, there’s way more included than just pumpkin and rosemary.

You will also find Caramelized Onion, Garlic, Cinnamon, and Gruyère in the list of ingredients you’ll need.

This particular recipe does take a little bit longer to cook than some of the other recipes on this list, but the prep and cooking time will 100% be worth it for some comfort on a cold autumnal day.

22. Tomato Tarts Puff Pastry Appetizer

Tomato works with practically any other ingredient and puff pastry is definitely no exception!

This is a great recipe for anyone who wants something a bit more basic, but still full of tangy and delicious flavor. 

This recipe will call for you to use mozzarella with the tomato which will be reminiscent of pizza, but you can mix it up a bit and add in some pesto or other related ingredients to really take advantage of the diverse nature of both the tomato and the puff pastry itself. 

These tomato tarts work fantastically as an appetizer, but they are also great as a side dish, or even finger food for any get-togethers you might attend or host.

23. Pulled Pork Pastry Puffs

And finally, we have the pulled pork pastry puffs.

These are another great option for any meat lovers out there and they will leave you feeling satisfied and amazing after you’ve eaten them.

If you use a slow cooker a lot, then this is also a great reason and excuse for you to make these pulled pork pastry puffs.

If you have any leftover pulled pork and you want to make something with it that’s a bit more fun and interesting, then this is the perfect recipe for you to try out.

The pulled pork itself is extremely tender, and it has lovely undertones of sweetness and tanginess.

Once you’ve tried these pulled pork pastry puffs once, you’ll be desperate to try them again and again!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Puff Pastry Be Reheated?

Yes, puff pastry can safely be reheated. It is made primarily of flour, butter, and salt, so you should have no issues reheating it. 

Why Is My Puff Pastry Not Rising?

If your puff pastry isn’t rising, this usually happens because of the baking temperature.

Puff pastry needs to be baked in a sweltering oven, usually at about 400 degrees. This high heat creates enough steam to allow the puff pastry dough to rise.

If your oven isn’t creating enough steam, then this is likely why your dough isn’t rising. 

Can You Eat Raw Puff Pastry?

Because raw dough contains eggs and flour, the answer to this question is no.

It can make you sick if you eat it raw, but in some cases, it can also cause diseases such as E. coli or Salmonella.

Why Is My Puff Pastry Cracking?

When puff pastry starts to crack, this usually means that the dough itself is drying out.

To prevent the puff pastry from cracking, keep your dough covered with some clean plastic film before you use it for baking, and when you are storing the finished product. 


As you can see, there are plenty of recipes out there for puff pastry that is easy enough to make and they taste absolutely fantastic.

Once you try some of these recipes you’ll be asking yourself why you have never had them before. 

You’ll really leave an impression on everyone you serve these puff pastry recipes to and you’ll find that lots of people will end up asking you about the recipe too! 

Whether you’re a meat eater, vegetarian, mushroom lover, or you want something to satisfy your sweet tooth, there is at least one recipe in this list that will more than satisfy you!

23 Puff Pastry Appetizers You Need To Try

23 Puff Pastry Appetizers You Need To Try

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