"Binocular" Bites: Roasted Tomato/Blue Cheese and Dried Fig/Manchego Cheese

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Author Notes: These little bites are easy to assemble. I used some roasted cherry tomato halves that I froze, and I recommend that you make your favorite recipe for roasted cherry tomatoes. An alternative would be to use roasted tomatoes packed in oil, cut to the size of a cherry tomato.
You can play with the kinds of cheeses you use; I found these combinations to be very good.
Bevi

Makes 20 bites

For the Tomato and Blue Cheese Bites

  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry dough
  • 20 roasted cherry tomato halves
  • 1 cup crumbled blue cheese

For the Dried Fig and Manchego Cheese Bites

  • 1/2 sheet puff pastry dough - if you have access to Dufour, it is far superior to Pepperidge Farms.
  • 10 Black Mission figs, halved lengthwise, with the tops cut off
  • 1 cup grated Manchego cheese
  • 1 egg, beaten with a a touch of water added
  1. NB: This recipe uses one full puff pastry sheet, and I made 10 each of both types of bites. You can easily double either ingredient list to make one rather than both bites. On a second bake trial, I combined dried figs and blue cheese - Yum!
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry dough to an approx. 13"x10" sheet. Using a pizza wheel, cut the sheet in half lengthwise. On one half, spread the blue cheese evenly on the dough, pressing the cheese into the dough using clean fingers. Then, cut 10 crosswise strips. Place a tomato half inside each end of the pastry strip, and fold over both ends to form a pair of "binoculars." Press the ends down, and use a fork dipped in the egg wash to make a seal. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. On the other half of the pastry sheet, spread the manchego cheese evenly over the dough. Press the cheese into the dough using your rolling pin. Cut 10 crosswise strips. Place a half fig inside the ends of each strip, folding the ends together, and sealing with a fork. Place bites on the baking sheet.
  4. Lightly brush the egg wash over the "binoculars." Bake in the middle of the oven for approx. 17 minutes, or until the bites are a nice golden color.
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6 months ago oregon cassie

Question: can these be frozen prior to baking (like the pinwheel appetizer recipes using puff pastry? Expecting lots of visitors this summer & looking for impressive recipes I can make in advance. Looks fabulous!

Cakes

13 days ago Bevi

My goodness! It took me awhile to see this comment. I am wondering about freezing with the cheese inclusions. I probably wold not freeze these, but others with more experience might have differing opinions.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

I made these cute little “Bino Bites” with leftover ingredients I had on hand, they are fun to make and delicious. I like that a variety of fillings can be used. Will make again.

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

I am so glad you liked them and did your own thing. It's a great recipe for using all sorts of easy fillings. All you need is a cheese and a little something else!

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about 3 years ago lapadia

I love these Bevi! Yum puff pastry and they are so cute, perfect name. I'm thinking New Year's Eve party with these at the table...if I can wait that long :)

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

They are really cute! Why bother waiting!? ;-)

Buddhacat

about 3 years ago SKK

Bevi, these look wonderful. I will be taking them to a party next week. I bet they would be great with HardLikeArmour's pickled prunes. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks SKK! I just made a batch of prune - filled bites - yummy!

Fb

about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I love both fillings for these delectable little bites. Such a cute name, too!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks BKR! I just finished up the prune bites! Also very delicious!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks BKR! I just finished up the prune bites! Also very delicious!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks BKR! I just finished up the prune bites! Also very delicious!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks BKR! I just finished up the prune bites! Also very delicious!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

These are fantastic, and so beatufiful. The different combinations are brilliant.

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks Suzanne. Today I am going to make them with prunes soaked in red wine syrup.

Me

about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Oh my gosh that sounds wonderful, bevi!!!!!

Me

about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

I love these, Bevi! They look so cute, and so tasty all at the same time. What's your favorite puff pastry to buy?

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks CS! I usually buy Pepperidge Farm since it is most readily available.

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

these are too cute AND so appealing!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks! They are fun to make as well.

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Love the title, and your flavor combinations!

Cakes

about 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks! When they came out of the oven I had the urge to giggle with all these little opera glasses staring at me.