I really should do something about this puff pastry addiction of mine. But it’s so tasty! And easy! These mini Pepper & Corn Pies are really simple, but they taste and look absolutely wonderful and can even be made a day ahead of time. Really nice when you want to serve something different as an appetizer. Or as a savoury snack. It also makes for great picnic food. Really versatile mini-pie, I tell you!
4 puff pastry sheets
1/3 red bell pepper
1 spring onion
5 tbsp corn
6 tbsp cheese
2 tbsp buttermilk
3 tbsp cream
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
My recipe makes for 12 mini-pies.
I’ve washed and finely minced about 1/3 of a red bell pepper.
And I did the same with a spring onion.
Put it all in a big bowl. It’s just pepper and spring onion, but it already looks cheerful. I’m such a veg-o-holic, it’s pathetic.
Add 5 tbsp crunchy and sweet corn to it.
I’ve also added 6 tbsp grated (aged) Gouda cheese. But use whatever cheese you have on hand or prefer.
Mix it all up and season the vegetables with a generous amount of salt and pepper.
In a separate bowl, break an egg, add 2 tbsp buttermilk,1/4 tsp dijon mustard, 3 tbsp cream, a few drops of Tabasco and whisk well.
New round, new chances. Got myself another muffin tin. Bets on how long this muffin tin will last with that kid of mine can be placed here.
I’ve lightly buttered it.
Thawed 4 puff pastry sheets.
Using a a 2,5 inch diameter cookie cutter—or if you’re anything like me you’ll end up using a glass—cut out puff pastry circles.
Just knead the leftovers, roll them out with a dough pin and keep cutting out circles until all the dough is gone.
Place the puff pastry circles in the muffin tin, spoon some of the pepper & corn mix on top, and drizzle a little of the egg & cream mix over it.
Admit this is a fun way to use your muffin tin for a change! And a great way to break in mine. Bake them in a preheated oven at 400F (200C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until the dough has puffed up and the pies look beautifully golden brown.
Now this is completely optional, but it sure adds loads of color and flavor. Sprinkle the pepper & corn pies with finely chopped fresh chives before serving them. It really is the finishing touch.
Don’t they look cheerful and tasty? Incorporating vegetables into snacks sure livens things up.