Even if your football team isn't still in the running for the Super Bowl (my Colts still are so far, YAY), you will probably have or go to a Super Bowl party. It's an event that appeals to a great deal of people. You might be cheering for the team playing against the one who knocked out your team, just want to see the commercials or half-time show, or don't really care about any of it and just want to socialize and eat. Whatever your motive, appetizers will need to be made and eaten by all. Why not make your friends think you spent all day in the kitchen with these "fancy" appetizers that are really easy. The recipe for these, the original is found here, is easy and you can customize them if you want different kinds or aren't a fan of avocado. My hubby isn't an avocado fan so he did some with jalapeño instead. Try different salsas, different flavors of cream cheese, or even add a new ingredient like bacon. No matter what you choose, they will be devoured and leave everyone wondering how you had time to make something so fantastic! Enjoy!
Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries
1 large sheet puff pastry, thawed
1 ripe avocado, halved and mashed
1/3 cup cream cheese (approximately 1 teaspoon of cream cheese per pastry square)
1/3 cup salsa (approximately 1 teaspoon of salsa per pastry square
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper, Silpat liner (recommended), or spray them very well with cooking spray.
Thaw one piece puff pastry according to package direction, making sure it is completely thawed. Flour your working surface and roll out the pastry as thinly as desired into a square shape.
With a pastry or pizza cutter, cut the puff pastry into approximately 16 squares. An easy way to is to get them as even as possible is to start on one side. Cut the pastry in half, then those two halves in half. Repeat going the other direction. You will now have 8 bottoms and obviously 8 tops.
On the 8 bottoms, place a little bit of the avocado, about 1 teaspoon cream cheese, and about 1 teaspoon salsa. Place the 8 "tops" on top and seal by pressing the edges with a fork. If your fork sticks, dip in flour before pressing on the pastry. Once all are completely sealed, brush the tops with the beaten egg.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned and heated through.
Remove from the oven, let cool slightly, and serve while still warm.