Just about any type of finger food made with prepared puff pastry —Pepperidge
Farms brand in the US, or Jus-Rol brand in Ireland and the United Kingdom — is a
no-brainer for a holiday party. These easy-but-impressive rolled pastries are an
absolute essential, and you can fill them with grated Dubliner cheese and
rosemary, or with any of your favorite cheeses and herbs. For an easier filling,
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
3–4 tbsp. wholegrain mustard, such as Lakeshore brand
1 1/2 cups grated Dubliner cheese
2–3 tbsp. crushed rosemary
1. Place pastry on a lightly floured surface with one of the short sides closest
to you. With a rolling pin, roll gently to smooth creases.
2. Spread each sheet with mustard and sprinkle with the cheese and rosemary.
Starting from the short side at the bottom, roll up the pastry sheet just to the
center; roll the other side toward the center; and lightly press rolled halves
together. Repeat with second sheet.
3. Wrap in plastic and freeze for at least three hours (or up to one month).
Just before baking, let stand at room temperature for about fifteen minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 375º F/190º C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut each roll into 24 slices. Place slices 1/2 in./7 cm apart on sheet and bake
for 15 minutes, or until golden. Serve or at room temperature (Can be made
ahead, wrapped in plastic and frozen. Reheat in 375º F/190º C oven for about
Variation Cheese-Filled Stars:
Follow directions for defrosting and rolling 2 pastry sheets as above. With a
pastry cutter, cut out pairs of star shapes in various sizes. In the center of
every other star, place a small cube of Dubliner. Wet the edges of the stars
with milk, cover each star with the other star in the pair to make a sandwich,
and press the edges together with your fingers or a small knife. In a small
bowl, whisk 1 egg yolk. Brush over the stars and sprinkle with 1 tsp. sesame
seeds. Bake as above. Makes about 30 stars