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pamilyn's picture

Frozen apps (post #30862)

Any one have any ideas on not so labor intensive appetizers that can be frozen? I have the usual cast of characters, mini-quiche, phyllos, empenadas....but I need some ideas for a wine bar that wants to serve some little noshes...they want to be able to take them out of the freezer and pop them in the oven. They also don't want things that will take forever to prepare to get IN the freezer..Any ideas out there? Thanks...Pamilyn

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RuthWells's picture

(post #30862, reply #1 of 22)

Oh, I wish I could remember the name of this thing........ you take strips of puff pastry, spread filllings along it, and roll both long edges toward the center.  Slice the roll and you get adorable little 2-bite appys.  The roll is eminently freezable prior to slicing, and doesn't require much thaw time before slicing and baking.  What the #$^&*) are these called?!  I make them every year for our holiday open house, filled with ham and gruyere and dijon mustard -- from an old FC pull-out full of ideas for puff pastry.

Ruth Wells


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MadMom's picture

(post #30862, reply #2 of 22)

Palmieres?



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RuthWells's picture

(post #30862, reply #3 of 22)

THANK YOU!!!!!


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MadMom's picture

(post #30862, reply #4 of 22)

I think that's the worst place for senility to hit...our ability to remember words.  It just drives me crazy when I know the word I'm looking for, but cannot get it out of my gristled old brain.  Don't ask me how I remembered this one, but maybe it was because I volunteered at a cooking class for children and this was one of the dishes they made...and believe me, if a bunch of kids can make them, they're easy.  Besides, they're good!



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debe5t's picture

(post #30862, reply #17 of 22)

How about waking up at 4am finally remembering the word,name,etc.you were looking for? Deb

MadMom's picture

(post #30862, reply #18 of 22)

...or, even worse, waking up at 2 a.m. and still trying unsuccessfully to remember what the word is!



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debe5t's picture

(post #30862, reply #19 of 22)

Ugh! That is infinitely worse.Deb

sandermom's picture

(post #30862, reply #5 of 22)

The little spanikopitas are a snap and imo they puff better from frozen than thawed; the traditional spinach feta is great but I've used venison/craisin/wild rice; Italian sausage/pine nut/parm; tom tapenade/ motz chunk; mushroom w/fr sage; pineapple/ham...

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dlish's picture

(post #30862, reply #6 of 22)

Yes, I was going to suggest palimers too! Or you could cheese straws -- sometimes I vary them by spreading pesto, or tapenade on the puff pastry.

As someone mentioned before, you could do spanikopita. Sometimes I do a crab filling. Crab cakes are also easy to make, freeze and reheat.

Basically anything with phyllo dough or puff pastry would seem ideal. I make puff pastry packets filled with brie and cranberry sauce to serve at my Christmas wine & cheese party.

p.s. you should check out the Martha Stewart Appetizer handbook. There are really good ideas in there. I've adapted many of these to keep in the freezer for imprompteau cocktail parties.


Edited 5/11/2005 5:57 pm ET by dlish

ICDOCEAN1's picture

(post #30862, reply #7 of 22)

I was going to say spanakopita, but that was suggested...I tried the frozen ones from Sam's Club and they are not bad at all...

Cissy's picture

(post #30862, reply #8 of 22)

wine bar that wants to serve some little noshes...


Martha Stewart's Hors D'Oeuvres Handbook has several savory biscotti recipes that she says go well with a glass of wine.  Each recipe makes quite a few and they don't have to be heated to serve.

wisekaren's picture

(post #30862, reply #9 of 22)

These are delish and I don't see why they couldn't be frozen. Anyone?

1. Preheat oven to 400. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Mix together 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon paprika, and 1 dash Worcestershire sauce until dough forms.
3. Pinch off a small ball of dough and flatten it out. Roll dough around a large pimiento-stuffed olive and place on cookie sheet. Repeat, using about 40 olives.
3. Bake for 15 minutes, rolling balls around if necessary, until golden brown.

Marcia's picture

(post #30862, reply #10 of 22)

Those are very retro and delish, and freeze well.

wisekaren's picture

(post #30862, reply #20 of 22)

I got a hankering for these olive cheese puffs after posting the recipe, so I made 'em for a dinner party last night. And they utterly FAILED! In the past, I've baked them as soon as they were formed, but I was pressed for time yesterday. So I made up the dough and wrapped the olives in the morning, then refrigerated the balls. When I went to cook them that evening, the dough just melted into puddles with the poor olives sitting in the middle. They were unsalvageable. Luckily I had also made a mushroom appy, and then I ran to WF to pick up some marinated olives and Spanish almonds to bring along. Anyone know what happened?
Karen

pamilyn's picture

(post #30862, reply #21 of 22)

Karen, sooooo glad you did this. I was going to make this and try it out. Now I do not need to do it!!! Pamilyn

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Gretchen's picture

(post #30862, reply #22 of 22)

That is unusual because when I used to make them I would even freeze them with no such problem. It sounds as if your dough might not have been stiff enough or maybe too much shortening. I haven't looked back at the recipe.

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Marcia's picture

(post #30862, reply #11 of 22)

Someone mentioned cheese straws, but I have a recipe for cheese biscuits which freeze well. They aren't really biscuits but sort of roundish crackers topped with a pecan half. 


If you like, I'll post the recipe tomorrow. It's actually somewhere on the site, so you could try a search for 'cheese biscuits'. I have to go to bed now, or I'd do it.


Edited 5/12/2005 8:44 am ET by Marcia

Gretchen's picture

(post #30862, reply #12 of 22)

Cheese "straws" are the denotation in the South.  We had a thread about this years ago.  In the South they are the "cookies" or "biscuits" as you describe and called "cheese straws".  Other places they are the puff pastry sort of thing apparently.

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Marcia's picture

(post #30862, reply #13 of 22)

I've had the puff pastry ones and as far as I'm concerned they aren't cheese straws. Certainly not the ones I was raised with, and good, but they need another name. lol

RuthWells's picture

(post #30862, reply #14 of 22)

Has anyone mentioned gougeres yet?


 


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"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

Ruth Wells

"Gardening is the only unquestionably useful job."
 - G.B. Shaw

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Gretchen's picture

(post #30862, reply #15 of 22)

Yes, that was sort of the crux of the thread. We (the ones in the know) were trying to explain that!  ;o)

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AmyK's picture

(post #30862, reply #16 of 22)

These are excellent and easily go straight from the freezer to the oven. Always one of the first to go at parties!

Chicken & Peach Wontons

8 oz. ground raw chicken or turkey
1/4 c. pineapple juice
3 T. chopped green onion
1 T. soy sauce
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 c. finely chopped, peeled, fresh or frozen peaches, thawed
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
wonton wrappers
oil for deep frying

For filling, coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium high heat. Cook and stir chicken or turkey until no longer pink; drain. Add pineapple juice, green onion, soy sauce, and ginger. Bring just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered for 4 minutes or until liquid evaporates. Stir in peaches and pepper. Cool mixture slightly.

To fill, spoon 1 rounded teaspoon of the chicken mixture into center of each wonton wrapper. Brush edges lightly with water. Fold the four sides together toward center; pinch corners and seams closed.

Meanwhile, heat 2 inches of oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fryer to 365 degrees. Fry wontons, 4 at a time, for 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Remove wontons from oil; drain on paper towels. Place fried wontons in a single layer on a baking sheet. Keep warm in a 300 degree oven while frying remaining wontons. Serve warm.

To make in advance, fry wontons; drain and cool. Freeze in a single layer on sheet pans, then transfer to freezer bags. Freeze up to 1 month. To serve, place frozen wontons on a baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, in a 400 degree oven to 5-7 minutes or until heated through.