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A Deceptively Easy Appetizer: Antipasto Bites

Artichoke ToastsYour guests will think you slaved in the kitchen when they try these Antipasto Bites, perfect for any cocktail or dinner party. From The Stocked Kitchen: One Grocery List…Endless Recipes.

Antipasto Bites
Makes 24

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
1/2 cup chopped pitted green or Kalamata olives
1/2 cup drained and chopped marinated artichoke hearts
1 roasted red pepper, drained and diced
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface to approximately 11 by 14 inches. With a pizza cutter, cut the pastry into 24 pieces (4 rows, 6 columns). Stretch the pastry pieces slightly and lay in the cups of a mini muffin pan.
3. Mix together the olives, artichoke hearts, and roasted red pepper. Fill each cup with 2 teaspoons of the mixture and top with the mozzarella.
4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until the corners begin to brown. Serve immediately.

Using Puff Pastry
Puff pastry may seem intimidating. However, it is really easy to use and very forgiving. To thaw, remove from the wrapper and set it out on the counter. If thawing two sheets, be sure to separate them and lay them on the counter side by side. A sheet takes 30 to 40 minutes to thaw. Puff pastry works best when it is still cold before baking. (This allows the fat to stay solid and melt only while baking, causing little pockets of air or what we experience as puffed flakiness.) If while working with the dough it has become warm, place in the fridge while you mix the filling.

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