10 Shatteringly Flaky Leftover Puff Pastry Recipes

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am…

As an avid baker, I’m a firm believer in the power of making things from scratch at least once. Even if it fails, you gain an appreciation for the professionals! But there’s one thing I will never make myself: puff pastry. Until the day comes when I am cast on The Great British Baking Show and faced with a technical challenge, I will be raiding the freezer aisle for this stuff. Puff pastry is a constant in my freezer, a shortcut to beautiful, sophisticated, stress-free food. That’s why, to me, there is no such thing as leftover puff pastry. But if you bought it for a recipe during the holidays and ended up using only one of two sheets in the package, I’m here to show you a world of possibilities. From appetizers and one-bite wonders to centerpiece-worthy main dishes and impressive desserts, puff pastry is one of the most versatile items you can stock in your kitchen. My hope is that by the time you’re done reading this list of all the ways to cook with it, puff pastry will have graduated beyond the land of holiday leftovers and earned a permanent spot on your shopping list.

Puff Pieces

1. ‘Everything’ Pigs in a Blanket

Meet the easiest people-pleasing app of all time. In my opinion, it’s not a party without pigs in a blanket, and with just a few store-bought ingredients, you can make any night feel like an occasion. Just think of the “everything” seasoning as confetti.

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The Perfect Dessert to Send Off Summer, Straight From Sohla

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share a delicious project for baking pros and newbies alike, straight from Food52 Resident Sohla El-Waylly: a free-form riff on classic napoleons with golden, crisp phyllo and rose-infused fresh strawberries.

If anyone …

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share a delicious project for baking pros and newbies alike, straight from Food52 Resident Sohla El-Waylly: a free-form riff on classic napoleons with golden, crisp phyllo and rose-infused fresh strawberries.


If anyone can make a fancy-schmancy dessert look easy—and teach us how to do it, too—it's our Resident Sohla El-Waylly. A pro chef, flavor whisperer, and A+ teacher, she's been showing us must-know cooking techniques (from braising to roasting chicken wings) in her series Off-Script With Sohla.

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Phyllo Is the Ultimate *Crispy* Blank Canvas

In our latest episode of Dear Test Kitchen, chefs and authors of Honey & Co. At Home, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, schooled us on the wide, wide world of baklava.

“Baklava is actually a generic name for all these kinds of sweets originating …

In our latest episode of Dear Test Kitchen, chefs and authors of Honey & Co. At Home, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, schooled us on the wide, wide world of baklava.

"Baklava is actually a generic name for all these kinds of sweets originating in the Ottoman Empire," Srulovich explains. "It’s a whole world."

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