Tomato and Cream Cheese Turnovers

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Author Notes: I originally was thinking of making strawberry cream cheese croissant turnover thingies, but I had a feeling they wouldn't live up to a beautiful childhood memory I have of eating a strawberry cream cheese croissant, so I decided to veer in a different direction -- a savory direction with tomatoes and sesame seeds. These are kind of a like a sesame bagel with cream cheese and tomato, but on steroids. As with anything using puff pastry, these appear kind of fancy, but are quite easy and fast to make (if you have prepared puff pastry), so they're a great thing to whip up for a last-minute brunch dish.fiveandspice

Makes 6 very large or 12 more modest pastries

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 large eggs (one is for an egg wash)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 sheets of all-butter puff pastry dough, defrosted
  • 1 large tomato, sliced in 1/4-inch thick slices
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Flour, for dusting
  1. Heat your oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and one egg plus a couple pinches of salt and pepper. Beat until smooth.
  2. On a floured surface, roll the first sheet of puff pastry out to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut it into 6 rectangles. Spread some cream cheese mixture on each rectangle and place a bit of tomato on top of the cream cheese. To make more reasonably sized pastries, fold each of the rectangles over their filling and press the edges well with a fork to seal them, then repeat with the next sheet of puff pastry. To make big pastries, put more filling on each of the rectangles, then roll out the next sheet of puff pastry, cut that into 6 rectangles and put one on top of each of the rectangles with filling, then press around the edges with a fork to seal. Transfer the pastries to two baking sheets.
  3. Whisk the second egg with a tiny splash of water, then brush each pastry with some of the egg wash and sprinkle them with sesame seeds.
  4. Bake each sheet of pastries in the oven until golden brown and puffed, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack. Allow to cool slightly before eating, but these guys are definitely best eaten fresh. Otherwise the puff pastry gets a little sad and the tomato gets soggy.

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19 days ago Paloma Diaz-Dickson

substitute cream cheese for soft chevre goat cheese. Soooo much tastier.

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26 days ago Laurie Daiken

Would these work with spreadable goat cheese? By the way Emily, I love in Duluth, we love your spirits and are so excited you guys opened the distillery. Fun to find you on my favorite food blog!

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21 days ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

So sorry I didn't respond to this faster - I had responded in my mind but apparently forgot to in real life! Anyway I think they'd be great with goat cheese! And thank you!!

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3 months ago Willam Jacobsen

I don't know how, but I missed this recipe when I read this article last!

Thank God I just read it again to find this gem. My woman is going to love these!

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11 months ago Tina Heaney Birdsall

This was pretty yummy. I made it with my gf puff pastry and should have chilled it before I put it in the oven but it still worked out nicely. We're having leftovers as breakfast this morning. Thank you for the recipe!

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about 1 year ago Ceege

This sounds like it could be a scrumptious hor dourves. I think for my next party I will try these but making them more bite sized.

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

That is brilliant!

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21 days ago Nancy

Sorry This is sooo late, just saw the post. Dafour makes the all butter puff pastry it's found at WHOLE fOODS. But...at $11 a box I'd be damn sure this recipe warrants that expense. Good luck!
Nancy

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about 1 year ago Elisa

Where do we purchase all butter puff pastry? Not in any of our local grocery stores!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Hmm, if it's not in your grocery stores, then I'm not entirely sure. It's possible you could order it online. Or, there's a recipe for homemade shortcut puff pastry on this site, if you search for it.

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21 days ago Nancy

Sorry This is sooo late, just saw the post. Dafour makes the all butter puff pastry it's found at WHOLE fOODS. But...at $11 a box I'd be damn sure this recipe warrants that expense. Good luck!
Nancy

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about 1 year ago kfles

I am craving these at work right now. Can't wait to try them! Just wanted to say that I always love your stuff. Keep it up!

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about 1 year ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks!!!