December 01, 2010

Kitchen Invaders Detoured

Apple-Cheddar Palmiers.


I often feel like a military commander in my kitchen, on the day of a holiday dinner party. Barking orders, protecting the sacred cargo, holding down the fort from invaders.  

My family strategically circles the kitchen until the meal is ready, slipping by the counter to snatch a stray slice of prime rib or an unwatched roll.

Over time, I've discovered pre-party snacks are the way to go. Munchies that are out of the kitchen, and out of my way, keep us all sane until the guests arrive and the meal is ready.


Is does take a little extra work, but I believe it's worth the effort! If you buy a few pre-made dips, then incorporate a couple quick homemade snacks, everyone is off the prowl until mealtime!

Apple Cheddar Palmiers are perfect for just such an occasion! They are quick to put together, and you can refrigerate or freeze until you are ready to use them. Then just slice and bake! They can even be baked ahead if you so desire, because they taste incredible at room temperature!

Sommer


Apple Cheddar Palmiers

2 Tb. butter
2 baking apples, peeled and diced
2 shallots, chopped
½ tsp. nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 ½ cup sharp grated cheddar
2 sheets puff pastry (1 box)
1 egg

Preheat a skillet to medium-high. Saute the apples and shallots in butter for 3-5 minutes. Add the nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.


Lay each piece of puff pastry on its own piece of parchment paper and roll them lightly.

Top both pieces with apple mixture and distribute evenly. Then top with them with shredded cheese.

 

Fold the pastry sheets inward ¼ of the width on both ends. Fold in again so that the dough meets in the middle. Fold one more time.

 

Wrap the rolls in the paper and put the rolls in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to chill before cutting. (Wrap them well if you are prepping ahead).

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Carefully slice each roll into 12-15 ½ inch slices and lay flat on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Whisk the egg and brush it over the tops. Bake for 12-14 minutes.


Cool before lifting! Makes 24-30.


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58 comments:

  1. I have never tried to make a palmier yum .thank you :)

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  2. My husband does that. When I cook or bake he makes circles around the kitchen like an eagle around his prey. I have never made palmiers. They look so easy. I will sure try them out.

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  3. What a wonderful idea Sommer.

    Funny I also have those (well very similar) invaders in my kitchen too!!

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  4. Wow, I'm envious you have those in your house. I've had regular {store bought} palmiers and I love them but with cheddar and apples inside wow. These must be such a treat!

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  5. Those look beautiful. I forgot that palmiers can be savoury too. I am completely inspired to make these. Hopefully even this weekend.

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  6. Those palmiers are a work of art!!
    Yummy they look so tasty!

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  7. That looks easier than I thought it would be! And I love Palmiers to boot! I'll have to try this one.

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  8. So delicious! I just may do this for brunch this weekend. I am always circling the chef.

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  9. Pre-party snacks are a great idea! These apple-cheddar palmiers look delightful and so easy to prepare.

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  10. Those look wonderful. I am a huge apple cheddar fan.

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  11. I love palmiers! Your savory take on palmiers looks and sounds delicious. I LOVE apples and LOVE cheddar but have never considered putting them together in palmiers. Thanks for such a delicious recipe! :)

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  12. Yum...these look good, and I love using frozen puff pastry and filo cups for time savings! Saving for holiday parties coming up...

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  13. These look fantastic. I love the way they look. We had a bunch of appetizers out to keep people out of the kitchen too. Only way to go.

    FYI, I'm getting read to make the Coffee Spiced Shortbread in that Bon Appetit issue. I think you need to make the chocolate cake when I do so we can compare the level of headache it is! I'm so much not a baker.

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  14. These are the perfect tea snack! Sadly that my man doesn't eat cheese, I will use cinnamon instead!

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  15. Those look delicious!!! I love palmiers.

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  16. What a great idea. Fruit and cheese is always good but I think the addition of shallots just lifts up flavours.

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  17. Those looks great. I would never think of putting fruit for this recipe.

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  18. OMG....these are out of this world!!! They are both gorgeous and no doubt delicious! A little flaky dough, cheddar and sweet apples? You've seriously made my day! Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. I love those! I too always end up with too many cooks in the kitchen. The thing I love the most about these is that they can be made ahead and frozen.

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  20. These are brilliant! Love it!

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  21. These look so delish, and I even have a box of puff pastry at home!

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  22. I love Palmiers and this is a very detailed post which I must give you a bu hug for! I keep concentrating on tried and true recipes all too often... and forget that these kinds of treats are special, delicious, not too hard to make and the wow factor is well worth the effort.
    GREAT post... and lovely photos, too!
    :)
    Valerie

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  23. Every time I see these I tell myself I'm going to make them and each time I chicken out. They look like a lot of trouble. You've given me some confidence. Your photos are good enough to eat.
    Sam

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  24. i am guilty of sneaking a bite or too... i just cant help it!

    looks amazing as always sommer!

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  25. Love palmiers. They can be the perfect snack/appetizer. Very versatile too!

    Thanks for sharing, this recipe looks delicious.
    Joanne

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  26. Yummerz! I love palmiers, Sommer. I used to eat them a little too often when I lived in Spain. So I would love these as a bribe to stay out of the kitchen (smile)...

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  27. #1 post of my day, what an awesome treat...emailing to myself

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  28. I adore palmiers and have never made them. I love the idea of a savory, cheese one - definitely will do this, When lots of people are around. So I don't eat them all.

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  29. Your pre-dinner snack is perfect! I love palmiers but have always had sweet and your savory version is a must try. Apple and cheddar is one of my favorite combinations. Delicious recipe!

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  30. I like apple and cheddar together! These look like they would just melt in your mouth!

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  31. It's like you read my mind! We're having a christmas party next weekend and I've been trying to figure out things to make.. these are going to be a perfect addition!

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  32. Uh I know the feeling! I always feel I have somebody behind my back waiting for a little bite of food to snack...and I'm not talking about my cats. These palmiers are a great idea and honestly I always have apples and cheddar at home so you can really make them anytime. Great idea for the upcoming holiday dinners :)

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  33. apple and cheese yummy looks wonderful
    Congrats Sommer on winning the giveaway :)

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  34. I just volunteered to host this year's NYE party. These might have to make an appearance! Thanks, Sommer!

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  35. they look swell and well explained recipe !

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  36. These look amazing, and a perfect way to keep the troops entertained while you are busy. I might make these for pre-Xmas apps!

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  37. These palmiers are absolutely scrumptious with apples & cheddar, yum!

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  38. Everyone in my family loves Palmiers and your version sounds wonderful :-)

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  39. Your palmiers look perfect...Very delightful for the season, or breakfast ;)

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  40. apple cheddar is my new favorite combination. we made some apple cheddar scones, a recipe that was passed down by one of my readers, and it kicked every scones butt. now i want to make your recipe.

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  41. I would be circling the kitchen too if I knew these delicious treats were going to be coming out of the oven. I love apples and cheese, so I'm thrilled to see this recipe. Thank you for sharing with me. Have a love-filled weekend!

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  42. Fun recipe! I love the look of these apple cheese palmiers and I could make a meal out of these, no problem. Have a nice weekend;)

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  43. these are really creative and look great with the apple chunks coming out of the palmier. MUCH more appetizing than most palmiers. And I bark orders in my kitchen as well ;)

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  44. I've had the sweet palmiers before, but your savory ones look even better. I can only imagine that it would be like eating a flaky piece of apple pie. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/12/orglamix-organic-mineral-makeup-review.html

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  45. I'd say this is precious cargo, Commander.

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  46. These look so simple to make and looks delicious in all ways. Great for parties. I love it. Thanks very much for sharing. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  47. what a wonderful appetizer! apples and cheddar go so well together, and using that puff dough really makes it much easier to put together.
    Thanks for such a great idea!
    Dennis

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  48. Oh those looks scrumptious. You are so creative. I can only imagine how hard it is for your guests to stay clear of your kitchen.

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  49. Beautiful website, Sommer! Thank you for connecting with me. Look forward to getting to know you better through your site!

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  50. What an original appetizer! These look really yummy.

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  51. Oooh! These look great and the previous post thumbprints look divine. I'm looking forward to reading more with a cup of tea later on!

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  52. this are so pretty..i love the flavor combo..it's just delish!

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  53. Great looking palmers! I love the flavour combo.

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  54. Those palmiers look fabulous and love your strategy for deterring the "invaders" - thanks for sharing!

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  55. What a great treat. The shallots are in interesting ingredient.

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  56. Apple and chedar goes so well together, and through some puff pastry in the mix and you know it is gong to be good!
    I love make-ahead hors d'oeuvres like this one that may be served and enjoyed at room temperature. Leaves time for relaxing with guests!

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  57. oh these look so good. Great holiday treats! Thanks for sharing.

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