Puff Pastry Meatball Marinara Bites
Today I’m bringing you another puff pastry recipe in honor of Pepperidge Farm’s 1,2,3 Puff! Contest. Submit your original Puff Pastry recipe for a chance to win an all expense paid trip to New York City for two! Considering that I’ve always dreamed of going to New York City, I really want some of y’all to enter (and win!) so that I can live vicariously though you .
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I came up with this little idea thinking it would be a quick and easy fix for all of those holiday parties we have coming up. Originally, I just made six of them (the beauty of this recipe is that you can just as easily make six as you can sixty) and as I finished up the photographs I found my husband and my son waiting like vultures, drawn by the aroma. That plate emptied out quick as a wink and I was urged to make more, which I did. Those disappeared just as fast. I made more again...those were gone as well.
What began as an appetizer idea ended up being supper. Fair warning, that package of mini pastry shells comes with twenty four for a reason. You’ll need that many.
To make these bites you’ll need: Spaghetti Sauce (I used garlic and it was wonderful), meatballs (my homemade recipe or store bought frozen ones that have been precooked), mozzarella cheese, and a package of mini puff pastry shells.
Place desired amount of puff pastry shells top side up on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake according to package directions.
Look how pretty, perfect, and flaky!
Gently remove tops.
Place about 1/2 – 1 tsp of garlic marinara sauce in each one.
You knew you could put those baby spoons to good use again one day!
Place a meatball in each one.
My homemade meatballs are about 1 inch round and I had to break off about half to put inside as a whole wouldn’t fit.
But this was the PERFECT bite size!
If you use frozen precooked meatballs, you can simply cook them in the microwave or oven before doing this part.
Top each one with a piece of cheese. Place bites on baking sheet an return to oven until cheese is melted.
Remove with spatula and place on plate to serve warm.