From the Recipe Box: Soppressata & Cheese in Puff Pastry

by kitchenarian on January 23, 2011

I can’t believe it took me this long. What was I thinking? I just recently sat down and looked through Ina Garten’s new cookbook, How Easy Is That? I bought it last month at the height of the holiday frenzy and had set it aside meaning to look at it a bit later. Well, a whole month has passed and I had a few spare minutes this week to peruse the beautiful illustrations and study the recipes in her lovely new book.

I was immediately taken by this recipe – so elegant, such great ingredients and according to Ina, so easy. I think what I love about this recipe is the endless possibilities of variations: peperoni and mozzarella, country ham and cheddar, turkey and brie…and other wonderful combinations waiting to be discovered.

Ingredients:

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted ( I used Pepperidge Farms)
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
Sopressata salami, thinly sliced (12-15 slices approx. 3 ½” diameter )
6 ounces gruyère cheese, grated
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (egg wash)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place either parchment paper or silpat on baking sheet and set aside. Beat your egg with water in a small bowl and set aside. Lay one sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured board and lightly roll out to a ten inch square. Place it on the prepared pan and spread the mustard leaving a one inch border. Layer the salami and the cheese avoiding the border.

Roll out your second square of puff pastry and then place directly on top of the first square making sure you line up the edges. Brush with egg wash and cut three slits along the top. Refrigerate for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes, take pastry out of the refrigerator and trim the edges with a sharp knife to make the edges perfect. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until puffed and brown. Allow to cool for five minutes or so then cut into squares or long rectangular strips and serve warm.

Enjoy!

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Mateja January 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

This is why I love to browse FoodBuzz! My foodie friends are an endless well of wonderfull yummy bites ideas! I could really enjoy a square still hot and cheese oozing from all sides! Comfort here I come!!! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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Stephanie January 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Wow, this looks decadent and delicious! You really could do this again and again with endless possibilities for fillings. Looks great, thanks for sharing!

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Christina January 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

This sounds SO GOOD. My hubby and I would loooove this. 🙂

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Dee Dee's Delights January 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Oh, this looks like Heaven!

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Kate @ Diethood.com January 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Ah, gotta love that Ina! And I love cheese inside of a puff pastry – delicious!

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Liz January 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Oh, gosh…I’ve looked through that cookbook but until your photos, haven’t given more than a glance at this recipe. It looks FABULOUS!!!!

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Yesim January 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

looks great.. ilove puff pastry, we call this kinda recipes “Börek” in turkey, and it s our favourite food to serve our guests, it s easy to cook and just can put your fav ingredients inside..

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fooddreamer January 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Oh man, you are killing this poor diabetic, it looks so amazing! I could eat the soppressata and cheese, but I’d have to forego that gorgeous brown puff pastry and that would make me cry.

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Medeja January 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Looks really like something I would enjoy.. 🙂

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Sous Chef January 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm

That looks so amazing! I can’t believe you make this stuff when I’m not at home to enjoy it!

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Natalie January 24, 2011 at 5:50 am

Anything with melting cheese & crispy puff pastry has me drooling! It’s a posh croque monsieur, trust Ina!!

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Tes January 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

Ohhh wow look at the cheese ozzes out of the pastry…. that’s the sight of heaven for me 🙂

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Rich January 24, 2011 at 10:23 am

Wow, you’re right, this does sound wonderful. Looks pretty incredible, too. And now I’m going through all the cured meats and sausages I’d like to do this with …

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HappyWhenNotHungry January 24, 2011 at 10:30 am

Wow this definitely looks amazing! I love soppressata as well. Def will have to try this recipe!

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Toby January 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Such a simple sandwich, but oh so satisfying! This is midnight snack food 🙂

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David January 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm

I love puff pastry, and occasionally make my own when I have the time. Have you tried Dufour’s Puff Pastry yet? I recently did and it’s just great. I didn’t think I would be able to find it locally, but Whole Foods carries it and , well. I ‘d love to know ha you think about it.

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Teresa January 26, 2011 at 8:09 pm

That looks so good. I’m in the midst of trying to create some gluten-free puff pastry for our next French Fridays post. I looked for phyllo recipes, but none of the ones I found seemed that great.

I’ve put you on my list for the Stylish Blogger Award over on my blog. Feel free to participate as much or as little as you like. Just want to spread some appreciation around to bloggers I enjoy.

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Food Frenzy January 30, 2011 at 10:36 am

The pastry looks sooooo good. The outside is cooked to perfection and the inside gooeylicious.

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Lurline September 3, 2011 at 11:27 am

Perfect appetizer ! No hassle !

Just serve with good wine !

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