February 23, 2010

The sandwich maker returns: chicken in puff pastry

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Someone stop me!! Ever since I found out that I could make things besides sandwiches in my sandwich maker, (like pancakes...), I've been going crazy experimenting with the thing! I've made cornbread, omelets, and chicken in puff pastry. The puff pastry experiment was probably the best one - neat little triangles of pastry dough filled with chicken, broccoli, pesto, and cream cheese. Of course, you could do any filling - I had some left-overs from making calzones a few nights before. So, I thought: if it's good in a calzone... Of course, puff pastry dough is not exactly a health food (disclaimer!!) - but...

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I mean, don't those look tasty?? Who knew I could do that in a sandwich maker? Of course, I could also do it in the oven, but would they come out looking so perfect? I used this recipe as a starting point, although I used a different filling, obviously. And I sprayed the thing with nonstick oil instead of using margarine. You could totally do turnovers! I'm getting goofy with this now - dh and I were joking about having a sandwich press Thanksgiving this year - we could have 5 or 6 of them running simultaneously - you wouldn't be able to tell what you're eating except by the color - you could walk around with your wine in one hand and a triangle in the other. 

Anyway, I'd love to tell you about the omelet experiment, but I'm too tired, so it'll have to wait. I'll just give you this picture to ponder:

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  1. The "triangles" look beautiful! I expect to be served some at my next visit. I will give you my sheet mulch recipe in return. Grandma.

  2. Ha! Ok, you got it - I might try a spinach-feta filling, I'm sure Picky will appreciate that one.

  3. There is only one thing better than shopping in Hong Kong, and that's eating. From small noodle joints to upscale French restaurant, you will locate all sorts of restaurant, eating hall and snack stall on earth in Hong Kong. Here I found small amount of Hong-Kong-styled snacks online (yummiexpress.freetzi.com). This is definitely a good choice before I have $ for another trip.

  4. Yes, we've been to Hong Kong a few times (Picky's grandparents on Dad's side live there). Her fav there are tuna buns, although she also loves what our family calls "chicken butt buns" (I think the translation is more like "cocktail buns" or something) - they are the ones loaded with butter and coconut. I've considered trying to make either of them myself, but I think puff pastry does the job pretty well. :-)