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Party Trick: Puff Pastry Cheese Tray

January 23, 2012

No one (I am friends with) argues with a cheese tray.  They are a fast, easy hit of an appetizer and – really – who doesn’t love cheese?  But when I say “cheese tray” don’t even let the painful image of cubes of processed cheddar on toothpicks cross your mind. As you may have noticed, that isn’t kosher around these blog parts.  Instead think of soft, billowy triple cream clouds, cave-aged Stilton wedges, and truffle oil infused honey with toasted walnuts.  While hanging out at the pool several summers ago (wishing we hadn’t indulged in so much triple cream goodness!), my mom and I discovered this new way to serve cheese decadence at your next party in her Southern Living Magazine… resting on top of an edible puff pastry “tray” adorned with fresh herbs. Darling, right? Since then, it has been hiding out as a bookmark in one of my cookbooks just waiting to be re-discovered. So on Friday night when I made good on one of our blog vows and hosted a dear friend for dinner, I thought it was the perfect time to finally give this recipe a go.  Not shockingly, it was absolutely delicious.  So, who wants a cheese tray?  Yep, that was easy.

Puff Pastry Cheese Tray
Southern Living Magazine, May 2009

1 Puff Pastry Sheet, thawed
1 large egg
2 teaspoons water
herbs (fresh or dried)

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Whisk together egg and water.  Unfold thawed puff pastry sheet on an ungreased baking sheet.  Brush with egg mixture.  Cut 4 1/2 inch wide strips of puff pastry from each side of pastry sheet.  Place strips along outer edges of pastry, overlapping and trimming ends as needed.  Prick bottom of pastry generously with a fork.  Press fresh herb sprigs into pastry base OR sprinkle with your favorite dried herbs.  Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Prick again with fork (to prevent rising) and return to oven to bake for 8-10 more minutes, or until golden brown.  Let cool on pan for 2 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to completely cool.

Top with your favorite cheeses.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2012 10:43 am

    Great post today thanks. I really enjoyed reading it very much. You have an excellent blog here.

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  2. Meera Patel permalink
    January 23, 2012 2:16 pm

    thank you so much for dinner on friday!! this cheese plate was AMAZING 🙂


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