9 vegan ways to use puff pastry
Put that pie crust down and add a little love to the puff pastry. This store-bought dough is incredibly versatile, easy to work with, and relatively inexpensive – all with the power to transform your seasonal celebrations. Whether for sweet or savory dishes, puff pastry gives every single bite a buttery, flaky, tender and golden element. Note: Not all store-bought puff pastries are vegan, but you are safe with Pepperidge Farm and Wewalka. Let your puff pastry sheets thaw at room temperature for an hour before using, then prepare to create a golden, crispy vegan Christmas spell.
1. Brie en croute
If there is a circumstance where it is acceptable to eat a vegan cheese wheel in one sitting, it is coated with fig jam and wrapped in puff pastry. This elegant starter is so easy to make but definitely a show stopper. If you can find vegan brie (Jules vegan brie is the easiest to come by), use it. If not, any robust vegan white cheese with a truffle or mushroom flavor will do (no mozzarella or anything with an onion or garlic flavor profile). Place a sheet of puff pastry on a parchment-lined baking pan, spread it over jam or cranberry sauce, place the cheese wheel on top with another drop of jam, and fold the puff pastry into a knot to seal the cheese. Bake until the pastries are golden.
Try this recipe: Miyoko’s phenomenally vegan winter truffle en croute by Miyoko Schinner
2. Vegan Wellington
You’ve probably seen these centerpieces in stores or on the menu in vegan-friendly restaurants, but you can make your own with a few staples. Cover your favorite holiday leaves on a rolled-out puff pastry sheet (we love sautéed kale, cranberries, sweet potato puree, caramelized mushrooms and onions, and thinly sliced seitan). Use another rolled-out sheet of pastry to seal the entire stem. Bake until browned and serve with vegan sauce and cranberry sauce.
Try this recipe: Vegan Wellington by The Korean Vegan
What is a pielette? It’s a delicious cupcake-sized cake, and a box of puff pastry is a lot easier to peel off than a fussy full-size cake. Cut squares or circles out of puff pastry about two inches larger than your cupcake tin’s diameter. Drape each circle in the jar, then fill it with your favorite vegan pie filling (we love doing this for pecan and apple pie). Until they are golden brown, leave to cool and artfully arrange on a platter … or eat straight from the can – we did that too.
Try this recipe: Mini apple tart by My Gorgeous Recipes
4. Sweet or savory cake
The difference between a pie and a pie is vague, but in general a pie is deeper and more filling while a pie is shallower. Another way of thinking about this is that a pie has a higher crust to filling ratio. If that crust is made of puff pastry, we’re all for it. You can either make a large cake or create custom sized tarts as described in the recipe below. Either way, a pie is an effective way to turn minimal ingredients into a stunning dessert or main course.
Try this recipe: Quick apple pie by Rachel Ama
5. Vegan pot pie
After you’ve gone through the hassle of making a pot pie filling, it’s more of a hassle to make a fussy crust than most can stand. Don’t worry, puff pastry comes to the rescue. Cut out the batter to the same shape and size as your pot pie jar, place it on top of the filling, and bake until it is puffy and deliciously browned. We’ll be putting this crispy, puffy cake topper over the traditional pie crust every day.
Try this recipe: 1 hour vegan pot pies by Minimalist Baker
6. Sweet or savory pinwheels
Liven up this tired app with a delicious vegan twist. Start with a rolled out puff pastry sheet and let your creativity run free. For hearty starters, spread on a thin layer of seasoned and sautéed spinach, caramelized mushrooms and onions, cream cheese or grated cheese. Sweet ingredients that work well include a cinnamon and sugar mixture, jam, or cranberry sauce. Roll the leaf into a log and cut it widthwise into quarter-inch rounds. Bake until puffy and golden.
Try this recipe: Spinach pinwheels from Vegan Richa
7. Vegetables wrapped in puff pastry
Not a fan of a particular vegetable? Wrap it in puff pastry. We can almost guarantee you will have a different perspective. Asparagus works particularly well here. Cut long strands of dough by half an inch, then wrap each strand around individual asparagus spears. Bake until golden and serve stacked high on a platter. It only takes two ingredients, maybe some salt and pepper for the brave, and you have a nifty starter ready.
Try this recipe: Vegan asparagus spirals by The Viet Vegan
8. Pigs in a blanket
There’s no age limit for pigs in a blanket – this childhood snack can be dressed up for an adult cocktail party or enjoyed in its humble simplicity. Use your imagination here. Before baking, sprinkle the “blankets” with all the bagel seasoning or add vegan cheddar to the meaty vegan filling for a melting, sticky contrast to the crispy pastries. Experiment, have fun, and enjoy reinventing this ever-popular kids’ meal.
Try this recipe: Vegan pigs in a blanket with mustard dipping sauce “honey” by Radiant Rachels
When it comes down to it, we’ll happily devour baked puff pastry ourselves. Cut your sheet into triangles, bake it until golden brown, and use it minutes after it comes out of the oven. For filled croissants, sprinkle some jam or chocolate chips on the dough before rolling and baking.
Try this recipe: Easy vegan croissants namely Marly
Tanya Flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast who lives in Orange County, CA.
Credit: Radiant Rachel