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Tasty Tailgate Treats Not Your Average Puff Pastry

Happy Football Friday All Y’all! Did y’all save last weeks Slew of Sloppy Joes? Which one was your favorite?  This week we have PUFFS! The puff pastry is a fun and easy to fill with tasty treats that you can customize anyway you want. You can make them sweet or savory. The possibilities are ENDLESS! Here a few I found that made my mouth water. Let me know if there is one I am missing and should try! Have a great weekend of football and tasty puffs. 

Tasty Tailgate Treats Not Your Average Puff Pastry

Cajun Sausage Puffs With Bourbon Mustard


  • All-purpose flour, for work surface
  • 1/2 (17.2-ounce) package frozen all-butter puff pastry, thawed
  • 8 fully cooked andouille sausages
  • 1/2 c. whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp. bourbon
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 large egg, whisked


  1. Lightly dust a work surface with flour.
  2. Unfold pastry onto floured surface; lightly flour top.
  3. Cut pastry crosswise into 16 (1/2-inch-wide) strips with a large chef’s knife or pizza wheel.
  4. Working one at a time, spiral strips around sausage (pushing the ends of a new strip to the old strip when you come to the end) until sausage is covered.
  5. Repeat with remaining strips and sausage.
  6. Chill 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Mushroom Bundles


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 4 cups chopped mushrooms
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir mushrooms and garlic in the melted butter for 1 minute. Pour in white wine; cook and stir mixture until all liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Cut each puff pastry sheet into 4 equal rectangles, creating 8 total. Spoon mushroom mixture into the center of each rectangle; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Gather all 4 corners of a rectangle together around the filling; pinch corners and edges of puff pastry together forming a seal. Repeat with remaining rectangles. Arrange bundles on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly press bundles so the bottoms are flat.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until bundles are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Ham and Cheese Puff Pinwheels

  • ½ (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, or more to taste (Optional)
  • 7 slices deli ham
  • 7 slices mild Cheddar cheese, or as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dust a flat work surface lightly with flour. Unroll puff pastry and roll out to a rectangle.
  3. Spread with mustard and cover with Cheddar cheese slices, leaving a 1-inch border.
  4. Add a layer of ham slices on top.
  5. Roll puff pastry up tightly like a jelly roll.
  6. Slice puff pastry roll in 1/4-inch-thick slices and lay on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven on the center rack until lightly browned and puffed up, 15 to 20 minutes.

Sausage Cream Cheese Puffs


  • 16 oz bulk sausage, cooked and crumbled (any flavor)
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese (or any cheese)
  1. Mix cooked sausage, cream cheese, and shredded cheese together.
  2. Separate rolls into triangles.
  3. Cut eat triangle in half lengthwise.
  4. Scoop a heaping tablespoon onto each roll.
  5. Roll up.
  6. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Salted Caramel Pecan Puff Pastry


  • 1 package puff pastry
  • 1 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 c brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c chopped pecans
  • 3/4 c Caramel Kitchen salted caramel sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Open and unroll the package of puff pastry onto a baking sheet. (Leave the included parchment paper in tact underneath the puff pastry if you don’t have a silicone mat to use).
  3. Brush on the melted butter, covering the entire sheet.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the sugars and cinnamon and stir to incorporate completely.
  5. Leaving a one inch border, sprinkle and spread the sugar mixture on top of the puff pastry.
  6. Beginning with the long end facing you, start to tightly roll the dough away from you. (As you roll, some of the filling will spill out the sides and that is ok).
  7. Taking a sharp knife, cut the ends off of each side and then continue to cut the remaining dough into 9 even rolls.
  8. Place the rolls cut side up on your baking sheet, allowing enough room in between for them to spread.
  9. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the rolls are firm to the touch and lightly browned. While the rolls are baking, you can prepare the salted caramel pecan mixture.
  10. Place your pecans in a small bowl. Gently warm up the salted caramel sauce and pour it over the top of the pecans. Stir until pecans are evenly coated.
  11. Remove the cinnamon rolls from the oven and drop a generous spoonful of the caramel pecan mixture over the top of each roll.
  12. Enjoy warm, or allow to cool to room temperature before eating.

On The Menu

Next Friday we will have another tantalizing tasty treat for you to wow your football friends and family with! Enjoy your weekend full of football. Which age are you most excited to see?


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