Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
From William-Sonoma Savoring Appetizers, this recipe from Provence, usually served with an aperitif, might also be spread with a tapenade or topped with shredded Gruyère. Prep time does not reflect 20 minute time in the freezer.
- 20 fresh basil leaves
- 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil, plus extra
- olive oil, for brushing
- 1⁄2 lb frozen puff pastry
- sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- In a small food processor, combine the basil and garlic cloves and process until a paste begins to form. With the motor running, add the 1/4 cup olive oil in a slow, steady stream, processing until a smooth paste forms.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry into a 12x15 rectangle, marking the center at top and bottom, making an imaginary line. Spread the basil paste thinly over the pastry surface. Roll the 2 narrow ends of the pastry sheet inward, not too tightly, brushing with a little olive oil to help it hold together. When the rolls meet at the center, press together very lightly, then place in the freezer for 20 minutes.
- Lightly oil a baking sheet. Remove the pastry roll from the freezer, place on a work surface, and cut crosswise into 3/8-inch pieces. Transfer each piece to the prepared baking sheet, cut side down. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and pressing very lightly to adhere the salt.
- Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Using a spatula, transfer the pastries to a rack and let cool completely before serving.