I know what you’re doing today. And no, I’m not clairvoyant nor have I been stalking you. I just know that you’re staring into your refrigerator or freezer and your eyes are darting nervously, back and forth to your dining room, kitchen table or wherever you plan on doing your holiday entertaining. You’re thinking: I don’t have enough food for everyone.
And you absolutely do, but I know the way you think. I like to think that way too. These are perfect for finger foods to garnish any buffet table and if you’re fancy-pants, they’d make a lovely passed hoer’dourve (cute catering waiters not included).
Warm, flaky puff pastry always tastes delicious but when topped with a savory combination of cheeses, lump crabmeat and chives…well, just trust me when I tell you it doesn’t get much better. This is a Real Simple recipe and I dare you – no, I double dare you, to make it before 2011.
Puff Pastry Rounds with Crab & Chives
Makes 64 rounds
2 sheets frozen puff pastry (a 17.3-ounce box), thawed
4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
kosher salt and black pepper
1 pound lump crabmeat
Dividing evenly, spoon the crab mixture onto the pastry rounds (about 2 teaspoons each). Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the pastries are golden and crisp, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with more chives, if desired. Serve hot.