Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream

Who says you need to make a special dough for amazing appetizers? Thank goodness for puff pastry! It is so easy to use and you can buy it in the freezer section at any grocery store. I want to introduce you to this delicious puff pastry packets that are filled with salmon, sour cream and herbs. And can be served with any green salad of your choice. It’s great for brunch, lunch, or light dinner. This will definitely be on my holiday table this year.

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Salmon Wrapped In Puff Pastry With Sour Cream
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add finely chopped onion cook and stir until tender.
  2. Cut salmon into small cubes. Season with salt and pepper, add sour cream, cooked onion and fresh dill. Gently mix.
  3. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  4. Gently roll out the dough to a thickness of about 1/2 cm. Using 8 cm round cookie cutter carefully cut out circles.
  5. Place pastry rounds on a flat surface, divide salmon mixture between them and spread one tea spoon over pastry, leaving a 1/2 cm border all around.
  6. Brush pastry borders with water. Top with pastry rounds and press edges together firmly to seal.
  7. Place the pastry packets on baking sheet and brush with egg yolk.
  8. Make a small hole in the middle of the top of each lid. Use a paring knife to score the top of the pastry as desired. Be careful not puncture through.
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

Cranberry Cake

This homemade cranberry cake is perfect for the winter season. Its bright red color brings holiday spirit to your family dinner or friends party. Easy to make and and delicious!

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Cranberry Cake
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380ºF. Grease and flour a cake pan.
  2. Beat eggs and sugar with mixer until slightly thickened.
  3. Add melted butter and mix well.
  4. Stir in the flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the cranberries and stir gently.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool. If desired, dust with confectioners sugar.

Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)

Yule Log (Bûche de Noël) is the French roll cake very popular during the Holiday season. This is a delicious version of Yule Log you can make at home using very simple ingredients you can find in every store.

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Chocolate Yule Log (Bûche de Noël)
Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
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Sugar syrup
Biscuit
Chantilly cream
Course Dessert
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 6 hours
Servings
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Ingredients
Sugar syrup
Biscuit
Chantilly cream
Instructions
Sugar syrup
  1. In a small pot, bring cold water and sugar to the boil. Keep boiling for a few minutes, stir constantly until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool down. When the syrup is cold, you may add vanilla or the Triple Sec liqueur (optional).
Biscuit
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F (180°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar until the mixture becomes thick, fluffy, and triples in volume.
  3. Using a spatula, gently fold in flour and cocoa powder.
  4. Spread the batter evenly in thin layer into the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in center of biscuit comes out clean.
  5. Turn upside down onto clean kitchen towel and carefully remove parchment paper. Let cool down.
Chocolate ganache
  1. Boil the heavy whipping cream. Pour the boiling cream over the dark chocolate. Wait for one minute.
  2. Then mix it until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Add butter and mix until this is fully dissolved.
  4. Let cool the ganache for about 30 minutes in the fridge. Mix and check frequently: the ganache is ready when it's not anymore liquid and has a spreadable texture.
Chantilly cream
  1. Beat together very cold heavy cream and cold mascarpone cheese until this is whipped. Keep gradually adding sugar.
Assemblage
  1. Paint the biscuit with sugar syrup.
  2. Spread the chantilly cream evenly over the biscuit.
  3. Roll up firmly.
  4. Tightly cover with plastic wrap, and keep in the fridge until chocolate ganache is ready.
  5. Remove the plastic wrap. Spread the ganache over the cake. Using a fork make lines to look like a log. Transfer the cake to a serving platter and let stand in the fridge for a night or at least 3 hours.
  6. Before serving, dust with cacao cocoa powder and decorate with meringues or pieces of chocolate.

Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps

The reason I love making Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimp so much is because the ingredients are so simple and I almost always have frozen shrimp and puff pastry in my freezer. The puff pastry wrapped-shrimp are my kids favorite appetizers, they call them shrimp in the blanket.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Shrimps
The best way to thaw frozen shrimp is to put them in a colander and let cold water run over it. Let them sit under water for 10 minutes. Once the shrimps are not attached to each other, drain them.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Cover a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season shrimp with salt, pepper and seasoning.
  3. Roll out the pastry dough and cut into 1 cm wide strips.
  4. Starting at the top, wind one pastry strip around one shrimp, slightly overlapping the pastry and ending just before the tail. Repeat with each shrimp.
  5. Place shrimp onto the baking sheet. Beat the egg in a small bowl with a fork, to make egg wash. Brush the shrimp pastry with egg wash.
  6. Bake for about 12 min, or until golden brown. Do not overcook.

Salmon Теrrine

An elegant french recipe made of fresh and smoked salmon, eggs, sour cream, and parsley. This refined and delicious appetizer is perfect for cold buffets. Serve the Salmon Terrine with mayonnaise, vegetables, or a green salad.

 

 

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Salmon Terrine
This Salmon Terrine is served cold and gets even better the next day. Very convenient to prepare in advance.
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Course Appetizers
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 390° F (180°C). Grease a loaf pan using cooking oil.
  2. Cut the fresh salmon into pieces and mix with a food processor.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Add the sour cream and parsley.
  5. Add the smoked salmon, salt and pepper. Mix with a spatula.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Allow the salmon terrine to cool before removing it from the pan. Serve the dish chilled.

Pumpkin Soup

French recipe of a silky and smooth Pumpkin Soup with only two main ingredients. Healthy, colorful, and easy to make. If you have a blender, you have to try this recipe as soon as pumpkins are in season.
To impress your guests, serve this soup in individual pumpkins.
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Pumpkin Soup
This soup is delicious and silky even without any cream. I add very little, just to make it look beautiful.
Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Soup
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Wash and chop the leeks.
  2. Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half horizontally. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin clean with the spoon or ice cream scoop (you can use the seeds for another recipe).
  3. Peel and cut into regular cubes.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Cook and stir leeks until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add pumpkin cubes and cook for 5-7 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
  6. Transfer the veggies into a large pot. Add just enough water to cover them, and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Simmer about 15 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked.
  7. Puree the soup with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Add a little more boiling water if the soup is too thick. Taste for flavor, and feel free to add more salt or pepper.
  8. Serve hot, with sour or heavy whipping cream and fresh herbs.
For a special presentation:
  1. Cut off the top of a small pumpkin and scrape the inside.
  2. Before adding the soup, heat the pumpkin for few minutes in the oven, then add the hot soup and serve immediately.

Easy Apple Cake

Delicate and full of apples easy to make cake. Recipe is very similar to famous Russian Apple Sharlotka but with a little of olive oil and baking powder.  Must try!

 

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Easy Apple Cake
Take sour apples for this recipe.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Grease and flour a round cake pan or line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat eggs and sugar. Add flour and baking powder. Mix well, then add oil and mix last time.
  3. Peel and dice apples into small pieces. Lay out the apples on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Pour the batter over the apples.
  5. Bake for about 45 minutes or until а knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Let the cake cool then transfer to plate.
  7. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

Cheese and Garlic Stuffed Tomatoes

You can serve this Cheese and garlic stuffed tomatoes as a starter or as a salad.

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Cheese and Garlic Stuffed Tomatoes
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Appetizers
Prep Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut off the top of cherry tomatoes. Keep the tops for presentation.
  2. Using a small spoon, scoop out the insides of the tomatoes. Place the tomatoes upside-down on a paper towel.
  3. Remove juice and seeds from the pulp. Mince the pulp.
  4. Press garlic using a garlic press. Mix the cheese and garlic together.
  5. Add mayonnaise, finely chopped herbs and tomato pulp. Salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  6. Using a spoon, add cheese filling to the tomatoes and place the tops back on top of your cherry tomatoes.
  7. Refrigerate tomatoes before serving.

Tomato And Tuna Quiche

This French open-faced pie with canned tuna, egg & cream filling seems completely simple, but it is so delicious. Don’t forget to add mustard to this Tomato Tuna Quiche, it will give a charm to it.

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Tomato and tuna quiche
I usually serve it with green salad. Aragula works the best.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings
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Course Main Dish
Cook Time 40 minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lay the puff pastry out on a baking sheet. Prick all over with a fork.
  2. Pop in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until the crust starts to turn light gold. Remove the pastry from the oven, pressing the center down with a fork, if it puffed up a bit.
  3. Meanwhile mix tuna and mayonnaise with fork. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the mustard across centre. (I use mustard "a l'ancienne).
  5. Spoon the tuna mix on top.
  6. Combine eggs with sour cream and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour over tuna.
  8. Slice tomato and arrange them on top of your quiche. Sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until quiche is golden brown.

Puff Pastry Apple Tart

Very simple puff pastry apple tart recipe with minimum ingredients and maximum flavor. You don’t even need a mold for it. Sour apples work the best. I use brown sugar, it gives the apples that caramelized taste. Can be served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or cold with some powdered sugar on top.

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Puff pastry apple tart
Taste first your apples, then add more or less sugar to make tart perfect to your taste.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 380 degrees F. Place the dough on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Poke all over with a fork.
  2. Peel the apples, core and cut into wedges. Slice the wedges thinly and arrange the slices on the pastry, overlapping as you go. Dot apple slices with butter.
  3. Fold the edges of the pastry.
  4. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the pastry is golden and apples are tender.
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