These everything bagel puffs, a riff on the retro appetizer vol au vents, are comprised of puff pastry cases with an “everything” seasoning rim, scallion cream cheese/goat cheese filling, and sweet and sometimes spicy pepper jelly. I wasn’t prepared to realize, upon first tasting, that these remind me of crab rangoon, which I love. The pepper jelly hits the same notes as a sweet chili sauce, and then it mixes with the cream cheese and the crispiness of the shell. It was a delightful surprise.
But if you don’t like crab rangoon, then in that case they’re nothing like that and they’re just a take on an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese haha. ha. They did also remind me of an everything bagel croissant stuffed with cream cheese from Bibble and Sip, from which I would grab lunch too often when I worked in Midtown Manhattan. I mean, I don’t know about you, but I grew up in the midwest going to parties where hosts would just spread a blanket of pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve it with crackers as an hors d’oeuvre. And that delicious simplicity, truly, was the inspiration for this recipe.
Either way, these are deceptively easy these were to make and they look elegant while also feeling not too try-hard. And they take like 30 minutes!
Step 1. We start by cutting out circles of puff pastry. And, as I said in my recent IG post, store-bought is really, really fine when it comes to puff pastry. And if you don’t want to waste any puff pastry, or if you don’t have any circle cutters, you can cut them into squares and score them with a sharp knife.
Step 2. Then, we brush egg wash just on the outer rim of the puffs. You can also use water or milk or cream, it’s mainly just so the seasoning has something to stick to. Try not to get too much in the crevice as that can make the next step tricky.
Step 3. This is the most satisfying part of the recipe. Because we’ve scored the rim, we can just push down the centers and they should fall in one clean circle. This leaves a dam that we can pipe the filling into. Excess egg wash can stick the two sections together making it less of a clean break. I used a piping bag with no tip to fill these, but you can use a spoon. Or, cut the end off a zipper bag and fill them that way.
Step 4. I used a half-teaspoon to pour on the pepper jelly, but add as much or as little as you want. And garnish with whatever green thing you like — dill fronds or more green onions work well — or nothing at all.
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