How about a little pastry and cheese on a stick to ring out the year properly?
These babies were inspired by a need to use up the puff pastry in my freezer and cheese in my fridge, as well as the myriad of little jars of preserves selected especially for cheese and half eaten over the holidays. Of course the idea of eating the combination off a stick came from Joy, and if I know myself (sometimes I wonder if I really do) I know I won’t be able to shake the thought until I make them come to life, as it were.
The great thing about puff pastry (or one of many) is that you can unroll it, or roll it out, and fill it with just about anything – meltable cheese, preserves, leftovers, you name it – and it will puff up and turn flaky and golden as it bakes and look fantastic – and make you look fantastic.
The sticks are just for fun, of course. If you have a box of Popsicle sticks in the basement because you thought you should have them on hand for spreading glue or toddler crafts that you never made use of, you could grab a few and stick them in between the layers of puff.
Or leave them out – the little pockets are just as tasty off-stick. That way, no one gets the short end of it. Ba-dum-bum.
They could, of course, be assembled ahead of time and kept in wait in the fridge, at the ready to slide into the oven at the exact moment your friends are expected to arrive to help ring in the new year.
Perfect with a bottle of bubbles. Just sayin’.