Nothing matches the versatility of the puff pastry sheets when it comes to making easy appetizers. Sweet, savory , crunchy or soft all these tastes and textures are easy to achieve with these unassuming looking sheets of dough. Here is a good example – Two Bite Curried Chicken Puffs. Bite size pieces of chicken flavored with curry spices are rolled in the puff pastry sheets and baked. Easy to make, easy to serve not to mention delicious !
This is a make ahead kind of recipe. Cook the chicken ahead of time , may be a day or 2 in advance, and keep chilled till use. Or better still double the batch and finish half with extra coconut cream or cream for an easy chicken curry. You will be surprised how different the chicken tastes in each of these versions.
Like any good curry recipe this too is built up in layers. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan. When it gets hot add the chopped onions and saute for a minute. When the onions begin to soften add the grated ginger and garlic . Stir and cook for a minute. Add the spices and stir fry for a minute till the spicy aromas fill the air. Add the chicken pieces to the pan. Sir to coat all the pieces with the onion spice mix. Stir in the coconut milk and cover with a lid. Cook the curry for 10 minutes or till the chicken is cooked through.
Take the lid off. The chicken dish should be semi dry. Squeeze a little lemon on top, mix taste and adjust salt and spice if needed. Sprinkle the cilantro on top, mix and take off the heat. Let it cool to room temperature. It can be done a day or two in advance. Keep the dish chilled till use .
Thaw the puff pastry sheets according to the package directions . These should be cold but not hard and unyielding. Cut the sheets into squares with sides of about 2.5 to 3 inches. Place a little of the chicken curry fillinf along one diagonal of each square .
Fold the other ends over the filling and press to close at the center. Prepare the egg-wash by beating the egg with 1 tsp of wate .
Brush the egg-wash on top of the puffs and sprinkle the seeds on top. The seeds are optional , but don’t they look beautiful against the pastry sheets ?
While preparing the puffs , preheat the oven to 400°F . Place the puffs in the preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes till the tops are browned nicely.
Serve with a side of ketchup of hot sauce.