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Spicy Vegetables in Puff Pastry

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(Puff pastry in the front. Behind the grapes, my good friend Monica’s amazing guacamole.)

Sunday evening. Time to make sure all is ready for the week ahead.

Grocery shopping-  finished

Laundry- done

Schoolwork- complete

New post for Global Veg- coming up next!

Spicy Vegetables in Puff Pastry

This is a standard appetizer I make for brunches or gatherings with friends. It’s very easy to prepare and travels well. Store bought puff pastry, frozen mixed vegetables and boiled potatoes provide the simple base for the spices. Use a good quality puff pastry made with real butter- no margarine or hydrogenated oils. Also, I use a premade “Garam Masala” spice blend from Penzey’s spices- which is a combination of Moroccan coriander, Tellicherry black peppercorns, cardamom, Korintje cassia cinnamon, kalonji, caraway, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

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Ingredients

1 package of pre-made puff pastry (about 2 sheets), thawed per instructions on box

2 cups of frozen mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, corn, etc)

1 cup cooked and diced potato (any variety works)

2 tsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp chile powder (to taste)

1/2 tsp salt (to taste)

2 tbls diced fresh cilantro leaves

Method

Cook the frozen mixed vegetables in the microwave for about 5 minutes- put in a microwave safe container, add a few tablespoons of water, cover and cook. Remove from microwave, drain and set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan. Add the cumin seeds.

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After about a minute when the cumin starts browning, add the mixed vegetables and diced potatoes. Add the garam masala, chile powder and salt. Stir to combine all. It’s important to do a quick taste at this point, as once you fill the pastries you won’t be able to change the seasonings. Once satisfied, add the diced cilantro and mix well.image

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Open your puff pastry sheet.

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Cut into 9 squares.

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Put about a tablespoon of filling in the center of one square.

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Fold over and seal.

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Crimp the edges with the back of a spoon.

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As you complete all the squares, put on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.

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Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the pastries are golden.

Leave on a cooling rack until room temperature.

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Serve or surprise a friend with a boxful!

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