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What's for snack time? Puff Pastry Pizzas - Two Ways

Posted by Magic of Spice

Champagne Grape, herbs and Ricotta
 Tomato,Arugula and Le Petit Crème

These are fun and simple appetizers that can be put together with just
about anything you have available...and fast!

For our slightly sweet version I used rosemary and thyme along with
the champagne grapes and ricotta. Then for the savory version we
have strawberry tomatoes (named for shape not flavor), along
with arugula and some lovely Le Petit Crème. 

What you will need:
For the sweet
1/2 puff pastry sheet
3.5-4 ounces ricotta
1 small bunch champagne grapes
1 sprig fresh rosemary leaves
1 sprig fresh thyme leaves
1-2 teaspoons raw sugar

For the savory
1/2 puff pastry sheet
2 tablespoons pistachio oil
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup loosely packed arugula
4-5 strawberry tomatoes or 2 medium Roma
4 ounces Le Petit Crème

 Let's get cooking:
Prepare your pastry sheet by rolling out onto a lightly floured surface or
cutting board. Cut in half lengthwise and allow to thaw for 40 minutes.

Pre-bake sheets in a 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes until lightly
golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.

For the sweet 
Spread prepared sheet with ricotta to about 1/2 inch from edges. Sprinkle
with herbs then champagne grapes. Scatter with raw sugar.

For the savory
Brush pastry sheet with pistachio oil, again to about 1/2 inch from edge.
Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Layer on arugula and tomatoes, then
drop cheese in teaspoon sized dollops as shown.

Place both sheets back into the oven for 5-7 minutes or until
Le Petit Crème has melted and the champagne grapes begin to peel.
Let stand for a few minutes then slice and serve.
Serves 4 as appetizers

This is week three of the "Tailgating Game Week Party" over
at my good friend Drick's place. So stop over and check out the menu
and bring along a tasty treat of your own. You can link your delicious
party style foods until tonight 9-12-2011 at midnight.

Alisha ~ Magic of Spice

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