Mar 29, 2009

Cheese and Onion Butterflies

What to do with only a few lonesome puff pastry sheets? You make Cheese & Onion Butterflies of course! It’s crazy simple and so tasty. Best part; only two puff pastry sheets can go a long way. Play with the ingredients… add some hot chili peppers, dried or fresh herbs. Maybe even some died fruit. Just make the recipe your own! Or be basic like me :)


puff pastry sheets
1/2 cup sharp cheddar
1/2 cup Gouda
1/3 small onion


I splurged. Cheddar cheese -and especially sharp cheddar- is crazy expensive here. I’m using two different cheeses for this; cheddar & Gouda. You can stick to one cheese if you prefer. Any cheese you like.

You’ll need a grater, though.

Grate until you have about 1/3 cup of each cheese. Of course it depends on how many pastries you’ll be making.

You knew I’d throw in an onion, didn’t you? The onion adds an amazing flavor.

Grate 1/3 of a small onion. Combine the two cheeses.

Thaw the pastry sheets. I only had two left from the Cream Puffs I recently made. It was enough for a plate full of these babies, though.

Sprinkle a generous amount of cheese on top of the pastry sheets, and add some grated onion. You could also sprinkle some dried herbs such as basil or oregano on top.


Roll both ends towards each other until they meet in the middle.

Use a very sharp knife to cut them in about 1/3 inch slices.

Place them on a cookie sheet—I’m using baking paper for this. Pop them in a preheated oven and bake at 400F (200C) for about 20 minutes. Done!

They are best when served warm/luke-warm. I absolutely love how something so simple can taste so good. Not that I really got a chance to eat more than two, seeing as my toddler polished off most of them!

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      That looks so delicious, I want to buy cheddar too! But you’re right it’s really expensive here

      amwtang on Mar 29, 2009 @ 9:10 am Reply
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      this snack is good…. good to have a glass of wine right now….

      New Kid On The Blog on Mar 29, 2009 @ 9:26 am Reply
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      These look so good!
      I can’t believe cheese is expensive there…LOL…thats just funny!

      I made your Asian green beans..OMG!!! and your Carrots with Mango…OMdoubleG!!
      I actually used your bean recipe for a recipe card swap I did with friends…and gave you as the source of course!!! Yummy!

      Sue on Mar 29, 2009 @ 10:56 am Reply
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      Sue, it depends on the type of cheese. Cheddar is ridiculously expensive here, but Gouda cheese on the other hand is very, very cheap.

      Hmmmm. Now I’m craving those Asian beans! Have you tried the caramelized carrots? They are sooooo good.

      Kay on Mar 29, 2009 @ 11:40 am Reply
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      I’ve never seen such a big hunk of cheddar here! What did that set you back? If I buy it it’s a little wedge from AH and it’s like 3 euro… it prob makes enough for this recipe is all. So what are your plans with the rest of the cheddar?

      Laura on Mar 29, 2009 @ 2:46 pm Reply
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      I’m from the U.S., but living in Austria at the moment and I miss sharp cheddar. I can get mild cheddar at my local supermarket, but they hardly ever have sharp. And both mild and sharp are expensive! These look really tasty. I’m going to give them a try soon.

      Alisha on Mar 29, 2009 @ 2:58 pm Reply
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      Very tasty looking! It makes me sad for you about the cheddar cheese…

      jessie on Mar 29, 2009 @ 3:30 pm Reply
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      this post didn’t show up in my RSS feed, is it broken?

      Nice one! i’m going to try it today!

      werner on Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:15 pm Reply
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      Cheddar cheese is not exactly cheap here in it’s homeland either, but we do have quite a few ‘strengths’ of flavour. The best is Extra Mature Farmhouse Cheddar, but only if it is artisanal, not commercially manufactured.

      Toffeeapple on Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:31 pm Reply
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      Toffeeapple, farmhouse cheddar is sold here as well, but is so crazy expensive I don’t buy it often.

      Kay on Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:45 pm Reply
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      They look great, and you can make them sweet too, just put some chopped chocolate instead of cheese, and sprinkle sugar on top. Bake and you have a wonderful little cookie too!!

      Catalina on Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:47 pm Reply
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      I’ve been starring at the sheet of puff pastry in my freezer wondering what I could do with it before I left on vacation. Voila! Thanks for the recipe.

      Diane on Mar 29, 2009 @ 5:59 pm Reply
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      I just made them. 3 sheets of bladderdough for 3 persons, precicely the good amount. And it was very delicious.

      Drummels, drummels and again once drommels, what was that delicious.

      werner on Mar 29, 2009 @ 6:34 pm Reply
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      YUM!!!!! I love cheese and onions. Fate.

      Kristacular on Mar 29, 2009 @ 7:44 pm Reply
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      I use mustard, prosciutto and gruyere in my palmiers (no sugar of course).
      I love these. My favorite hors d’oevres!

      Stacey Snacks on Mar 30, 2009 @ 12:49 am Reply
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      Yum—-onions and puff pastry. What a great idea!

      Treehouse Chef on Mar 30, 2009 @ 2:07 am Reply
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      what a great afternoon snack……..being in the US I now feel guilty for our abundance of cheddar. How would carmelized onions work in this?

      doodles on Mar 30, 2009 @ 5:38 am Reply
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      what a great afternoon snack……..being in the US I now feel guilty for our abundance of cheddar. How would carmelized onions work in this?

      forgot to mention I made your yummmmmmy meatballs XLNT!!!

      doodles on Mar 30, 2009 @ 5:40 am Reply
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      Those look really simple and really good. I too feel a bit guilty about how plentiful and relatively cheap cheddar is here in the US (and I am near Wisconsin too which helps no doubt). I am going to have to try these sometime, though the extra puff pastry thing is never a problem for me since I don’t think I have ever even bought puff pastry sheets ever.

      elangomatt on Mar 30, 2009 @ 8:28 am Reply
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      Hey good idea. I have not thought of that. Will try because I have many leftovers ‘cut’ pastry sheet.

      Che-Cheh on Mar 30, 2009 @ 8:32 am Reply
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      Those look nice and tasty!

      Kevin on Mar 30, 2009 @ 6:35 pm Reply
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      Looks de-lish! Do you happen to know if there are any supermarkets in Holland where they sell sharp cheddar? Where do you buy sharp cheddar?

      Just Ikke on Mar 30, 2009 @ 7:51 pm Reply
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      @Ikke: Je kan gewoon cheddar bij de albert heijn kopen. Het is wel naaiend duur, (2.68 voor 150 gram) en ik vind het persoonlijk niet lekkerder dan een goeie Nederlandse kaas.

      Ik haal zelf regelmatig een stuk “pikantje” van de kaasboer op de markt, heerlijk.

      Ik had gister niets anders in huis, heb ik dit met doodgewone belegen kaas van de aldi gedaan, en dat was ook gewoon superlekker.

      werner on Mar 30, 2009 @ 8:06 pm Reply
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      Just Ikke, I’m in Gouda, so it’s easier for me to get my hands on real cheddar. This one comes from a special cheese store in my neighborhood that I placed the order with.

      Werner, de cheddar bij de AH mag niet eens cheddar genoemd worden zo vies is het. Het heeft niets met echte cheddar te maken, is gewoon duur betaald prutspul!

      Kay on Mar 30, 2009 @ 8:29 pm Reply

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