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Avocado, Cheese and Salsa Puffs May 25, 2014

Filed under: Mexican,Starters,Tarts & Pies,Uncategorized — delishuss @ 9:54 am
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I was looking for a Mexican starter recipe for my friend’s dinner party and came across these on: I cooked them the evening before the party as I knew I wouldn’t have time to prepare them that evening.  You can just pop them in the microwave for a minute or two to heat them up but they are best served straight out of the oven. They tasted really good but I think if I was making them again I would make them with a cheese that melts and goes stringy. Also I used a salsa that had chipotle and black bean flavours and it competed with the flavour of the cream cheese, but would probably work better with a less flavoursome cheese. I’m not the best at baking but these are so simple and require very little technique but the finish product looks impressive.


Makes 18 puffs

2 ripe avocados, mashed (1 tablespoon per puff)

1/3 cup cream cheese or manchego (1 teaspoon per puff)

1/3 cup salsa (1 teaspoon per puff)

3 sheets puff pastry (thawed as per the packet instructions if frozen)

1 egg beaten for glazing

Salt & pepper



1. I made these in batches as I only had one baking tray but you can add multiple trays at a time if you wish. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add a sheet of baking paper to the tray (s) and spray them with cooking spray to prevent the puffs sticking.

2. Flour your work-top and place your sheet of pastry on top. The original recipe said to roll it out as thinly as possible. I didn’t bother. Flour a sharp knife (stops the pastry sticking) and cut the sheet into 9 squares. you will use 6 squares for the first batch and then the remainder with the next batches.


3. Spoon a tablespoon of avocado, a teaspoon of salsa and a teaspoon of cheese on a square of pastry.


4. Top with another square of pastry.


20140519_2034135. Crimp the edges with a fork to seal the puffs.


6. Repeat this process with the remainder of the pastry and filling ingredients. Place the finished pastries on the baking tray.

7.  Brush the pastries with the egg mixture and place in the oven.


8. Cook the puffs for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and puffed up. Check them 10 minutes into the cooking time just to make sure that they are not cooking faster than the mentioned time.

9. Remove from the oven and serve.  I served 2 puffs per person.




Cob Loaf March 17, 2014

Filed under: Bread — delishuss @ 11:35 am
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One of the girls at work brought a version of this recipe into work one day and it went down a treat. When we were kindly asked around to some Irish friends for Christmas day, I decided that it might be a nice to nibble on over a few drinks. It was a roaring success; I must have been asked by each person at Christmas dinner (think there were 12 people) how I made it. It’s dead easy, you should give it a go if you are having people over for nibbles and drinks.


1 cob loaf

3 spring onions, chopped

300g bacon, chopped

250g tub of sour cream

150g tub of chives and herb cream cheese

150g grated cheese

1 tbs oil

Black pepper to season



1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Cut the top off the cob loaf, approximately 2cms in thickness. Tear the top of the loaf into pieces.

3. Scoop out the soft inside of the cob loaf and also tear it into pieces and set aside.

4. Chop the bacon into small pieces. I used bacon bits in the past and I thought they tasted a bit processed, so I prefer to use normal bacon and chop it up. Streaky bacon would also be good.  Heat a frying pan and add the oil. Fry off the bacon until crispy and remove from the pan and leave to cool.

5. Mix the sour cream, cream cheese, spring onion and cooled bacon together in a bowl. Add some pepper to season. I don’t add salt as there is normally plenty in the cream cheese and the bacon also tends to be salty. Spoon the creamy mixture into the loaf centre and sprinkle with the grated cheese.

6. Place the loaf and the bread bits on an oven proof tray and heat in the oven, this will take approximately 30 minutes. Remove the bread pieces from the oven if they are burning and the creamy mixture is not fully heated through.

7. Use the bread bits to scoop up the creamy mixture and munch away to your hearts content. Once the bread bits are finished, you can tear off pieces from the outside of the loaf.

You can add spinach or sweet corn kernels or both if you want to mix it up.