Saturday, November 20, 2010

Joe can cook! Episode 15: The Wonders of Puff Pastry and Bottled Sauce


I discovered the wonders of puff pastry during one of those relaxation grocery trip as you push that trolley to every single space of the supermarket, wondering what else can't you buy. In the last aisle of the supermarket, amongst the ice-cream, the frozen food and vegetables, the puff pastry called out for me, why i had no idea but i promptly took a pack even though the Wife asked what for?

How would i know? The Puff asked me to take him home.

So one weekend when we wondered how we would ever finish up all the meatballs we made from a kilo of beef and pork that we cooked in a bottled black bean sauce with peppers and onions earlier, the Puff called out to me and say "hey, use me"

Defrost a piece of puff pastry, brush it with egg and poke it around with a fork unless you want it to puff beyond recognition. Put whatever filling you like and put it in the oven for 20 minutes or at the instructions given on the pack and voila, a nice simple lunch!

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Despite it being frozen and being a supermarket brand, the flaky pastry was good enough for most occasions. If i am not mistaken, i remember watching celebrity chefs on TV advocating the use of frozen puff pastry, so if it's good enough for them, its good enough for me. Saves time and effort.

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Cut a nice portion and chill out for a lazy weekend brunch. How nice is that? Substitute the meatballs with anything you fancy, i have seen recipes that use vegetables, chicken, beef, seafood or whatever you fancy!

9 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

Puff the Magic Meatballs? ;)

Baby Sumo said...

Yeah, in most celebrity chef's cookbooks they'll also tell you to use frozen puff pastry.

minchow said...

I have a genuine question about frozen pastry! I prefer short crust but that seems to be well, short in supply in supermarkets. The one time I managed to hunt one down, can't remember the brand, it was ridiculously difficult to work with. Are they readily available in Oz now?

Michelle Chin said...

Even Jamie Oliver uses puff pastry so it's alright. :)

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

i like this quick,simple and yummy idea! Thanks for sharing.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

sonia: yeap its def quick simple and yummy!

mchin: yeah thats what i watched! and nigella too.

minchow: let me find out for u in my nxt visit to woolies haha. short crust pastry it is.

babysumo: its just so convenient!

kennymah: i think its a rather puffed meatball haha!

AugustDiners said...

wow, this look so good!~ your wife must be putting on weight over there with all those yummays homecook!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

augustdiners: haha yeah i have been stuffing her with heaps!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

min: i found shortcrust pastry in woolies, so i dont think its tough to get anymore!