Easy & Quick Pesto Palmier Appetizers

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious appetizer, then pesto palmiers might just be the recipe you need. And, these snacks are also time savers since they can be prepared well in advance, then frozen until ready to bake.

I am a basil-phile so pesto is a welcomed ingredient in my household. I had seen these before in cookbooks and on the web, but never tried them until recently. Two weeks ago, we decided to have a few friends over after work for drinks and appetizers which seemed like the perfect time to test these savory palmiers out.

The recipe requires two ingredients: puff pastry dough and pesto. I used two sheets of puff pastry dough and about 1/3 cup pesto. The dough should be rolled into a rectangle roughly 8″ x 12″. Spread a thin layer of pesto evenly across the sheet (using one half of the 1/3 cup per sheet). Then, roll the longer sides inward until they meet in the middle.

Frozen Pesto Palmiers Dough

The photo above shows what the coils will look like. I only used one coil for the party and froze the second one after I rolled into a coil, which is the one I baked and photographed. If anything, I found the frozen one easier to work with and it also baked the most evenly.

Slice the coil crosswise into half-inch pieces. If using a fully frozen coil, allow it to set on the counter for 15 minutes before cutting. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 400F (200C) for 8-10 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

There is only one small warning. Use toothpicks to hold these badboys together. Maybe it was the puff pastry I used (which I later learned used lard as a primary ingredient), but these little suckers will suddenly uncoil about halfway through baking.

I quickly whipped the baking sheet out of the oven and started ramming toothpicks into them. Here is what may happen if you don’t use toothpicks:

Non-Conformist Pesto Palmier

Pesto palmiers are crispy and light with the deliciousness of basil and garlic running throughout. I find it hard to eat just one or even one *handful*.

Seriously, I could eat the entire tray.

Baked Pesto Palmiers Snacks

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  • Daily Spud November 18, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Fabulous! I think I could eat an entire tray too, even the non-conformist ones :)

  • Erin November 18, 2009, 6:38 pm

    Lovely and simple Allen. I absolutely appreciate a quick and delicious appetizer. That means there’s more time to drink wine and less time spent slaving over the stove ;)

  • Ben November 18, 2009, 8:27 pm

    This recipe reminds me of spanakopita. But I bet it tastes as good with pesto.

  • Fumi November 18, 2009, 8:59 pm

    Very nice! Just found a great way to use up the last part of the home made pesto. Thanks Allen!

  • nina November 18, 2009, 9:15 pm

    Marvelous Idea, thx for sharing!!! I have my daughter’s birthday party coming up. she does not like swets, but adores pesto…..she’s gonna love me!!!

  • Memoria November 18, 2009, 9:28 pm

    I saw a version of these on Barefoot Contessa today! They look beautiful.

  • Mrs Ergül November 18, 2009, 10:28 pm

    I have recently made the caramelized onion version of palmier! and I thought I could eat a whole tray of it too! Love pesto so I will keep this in mind!

  • Peter G November 19, 2009, 12:31 am

    Great entertaining idea Allen…I make these for Xmas parties often using a sun dried tomato pesto with a sprinkling of Parmesan on top as well.

  • kat November 19, 2009, 8:54 am

    thanks for this! I have a jar of pesto in the fridge so I think I’ll make some of these up & freeze them for the holidays

  • Bellini Valli November 19, 2009, 4:29 pm

    I love these babies, they are so quick and make a nice presentation as well.

  • Hannah November 19, 2009, 5:20 pm

    mmm, i could imagine ones filled with chopped pecans and a brown butter glaze.

  • patsy November 19, 2009, 6:04 pm

    I love how pretty these look, and I’m sure they wouldn’t last long at any of my gatherings!

  • Allen November 19, 2009, 7:47 pm

    I love all of the ideas for additional fillings!

    I should note that the pesto palmiers are best served immediately. There were a few leftover today and they were rather icky, but I ate them anyway ;-)

  • Jeff November 20, 2009, 9:38 am

    hmmmm these were tasty. Thanks.

  • Tobias Cooks! November 20, 2009, 1:24 pm

    Great snack/appetizer/finger food. NIce and easy!

  • Cynthia November 21, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I’m book marking this to make over the holidays.

  • nan November 22, 2009, 12:05 pm

    Making some with arugula pesto and some with black olive tapanade today. Excellent reminder how elegant and simple party apps can be.

  • Donalyn November 23, 2009, 8:50 pm

    These look wonderful – I can’t wait to try them!

  • Aylin February 20, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Oh, this looks so good! I have made similar spinach swirls, and a sweet version with tahini &walnuts&brown sugar …so good. I’ll try the pesto next time. Love pesto, too!

  • janelle March 10, 2010, 4:01 am

    I want these. they look so, so delish!

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