Photo by Judith Hausman
Easily created from pantry items, this unusual hors d’oeuvres was a hit at book group and a conversation starter for sure. You can just enjoy the tapenade that way, served with crackers or pita triangles, but as I had so much leftover, I went further. I pulled a sheet of my trustee puff pastry (one of my secret weapons) out of the freezer. While it defrosted, I chopped up a few scallions for color and added them to the remaining tapenade, which I then spread all over the pastry. With a quick roll up, slice and bake, I turned the spread into adorable accompaniments for bowls of warming soup. And it was fun to make Sunday night leftovers into something special.
Classic olive tapenade or the pesto you froze last summer will also work beautifully as pinwheel filling. Maybe you even have leftover New Year’s champagne, instead of leftover soup, to enjoy with these easy but impressive canapés.
- 2 cups blanched, slivered almond
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons Sherry or red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 can oil-packed anchovies (4 to 5 filets)
- 1 large garlic clove
- 2 tablespoons capers
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add the garlic, and pulse again briefly, as chunky or smooth as you prefer. Stir in the water and vinegar, and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes. Then add the remaining ingredients, and pulse briefly again just until mixed. Note: The recipe makes about 2 cups, considerably more than necessary for the pinwheels below.
- 2 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted according to instructions on the box
- 1 egg
Heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. With a serrated knife, carefully cut the roll into 3/4-inch slices and arrange them on an ungreased cookie sheet. (Parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet is helpful.) Brush on a bit more egg wash. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly on a rack and serve.