Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites

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These Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites are the perfect little snack to keep guests happy while your preparing the Thanksgiving meal, or to serve at any holiday party.

I’m usually all about sweet treats… but we’ve got to have some delicious food to serve along with all the sweetness!

These little appetizers are easy to make, look great, and will keep your guests out of the kitchen while you put the finishing touches on your holiday meals.  You can prepare (bake) the little Puff Pastry bites up to a day in advance, then assemble the mini sandwiches shortly before serving.

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Puff Pastry (for Turkey Pesto Appetizer) - glorioustreats.com

Thaw the puff pastry according to the package directions (about 45 minutes).  Unfold pastry onto a lightly floured work surface.

Making mini puff pastry bite (for Turkey Pesto Appetizer) - glorioustreats.com

Use a pizza cutter to cut the puff pastry sheet into 36 small squares.

Baking puff pastry (for Turkey Pesto Appetizer) - glorioustreats.com

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and line up the little puff pastry squares (I didn’t bake all 36 on the same baking sheet).

Puff Pastry Bites (for Turkey Pesto Appetizer) - glorioustreats.com

Bake in a preheated oven at 400*F for 12-14 minutes.

Assembling Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites - glorioustreats.com

Once cooled, cut each little square open and assemble the mini sandwiches.  Spread a bit of basil pesto on one side of the “bread”, then add a slice of turkey and a slice of cheese (I used provolone).  Top with the top piece of puff pastry, then add a small fresh basil leaf (if desired) and a cherry tomato half.

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I created this recipe as part of my ongoing work for Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry as a member of their “Puff is Spark” panel.

Last month I shared these Bubbling Cauldron Halloween Treats and asked you to share your ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Over the next several months I’ll be bringing you delicious and creative recipes using Puff Pastry and choosing my “top pick” from your suggestions from the previous month.   In the spring, I will chose my favorite from the highlighted “top picks” and that reader will win a grand prize trip to travel to the Pepperidge Farm Headquarters! 

My top pick from last month’s suggestions is from Doreen Shea, who said she fills puff pastry cups with a “cube of Brie and tops it with homemade raspberry jam and chopped walnuts…”

So here’s your opportunity to chime in and share your original ideas for using Puff Pastry.  Please share your ideas in the comment section of this blog post.

How to Make Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites

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Turkey Pesto Appetizer Bites

Puff pastry makes the perfect base for these quick and easy appetizers.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 36

Ingredients
 

  • puff pastry sheets thawed
  • Turkey thin sliced
  • Provolone cheese sliced (or cheese of your choice)
  • Basil Pesto usually available in the deli section
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Fresh basil leaves optional

Instructions
 

  • Thaw the puff pastry sheets according to the package directions (this takes about 45 minutes).
  • Unroll the sheet onto a lightly floured work surface, then use a pizza cutter to cut the pastry into 36 small squares (pictured below).
  • Bake the little squares on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in a preheated oven at 400*F for 12-14 minutes.
  • Once the pastry squares are baked and cooled, cut each square open (horizontally) to create a top and bottom piece of "bread" like a mini sandwich.
  • Spread a think layer of basil pesto onto one side of the sandwich, then add a slice of turkey and a slice of cheese (I used provolone). Top with matching pastry square.
  • Finish the mini sandwiches with a small leaf of fresh basil and a cherry tomato half, add a toothpick to hold it all together.

Notes

Be sure to follow the directions on the puff pastry to properly thaw the sheets before use (this takes about 45 minutes).
To save time before serving, you can bake the little pastry squares several hours (or up to 1 day) before making the mini sandwiches.
In place of the fresh basil leaf, you could use a small slice of cucumber along with the tomato, on top of the sandwich.
Keyword turkey pesto appetizer bites
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18 comments

  1. These look lovely and I’m making them for a small tea party this afternoon. Question though – in step 5 is it supposed to be a thin layer or a thick layer of pesto?

  2. I made these today for a tea I was attending. They were at HIT!!!! So delicious! Everyone loved them and wanted the recipe. I didn’t use cheese (I’m allergic) but they were just perfect!

  3. I made these for NY Eve 2016 and plan to do it for a Girls’ Nite in January. They were very well received.

  4. Look delicious!  Does each sheet of puff pastry make 36 mini sandwiches?  Thank you

    • Hi Vickie,
      Yes, I made 36 mini sandwiches from one sheet of puff pastry.  Generally two sheets of puff pastry come in a box, so you can decide to use both or just one, depending on your needs.  Happy baking!  

  5. This looks like a recipe I would love to try, but since I live in Canada and we don’t get Pepperidge products, could let me know the package weight please, so I could try a similar product. Thanks.

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