Cocktail Hour: Mustard Batons

Over the last few days I’ve given you recipes for simple syrups, grenadine, and maraschino cherries. You’re all set to get creative with your home bar and make some cocktails. Now I need to feed you. Can’t have all drinks and no food. That’s when things get messy. Not at my party, thank you very much.

These mustard batons are perfect for your next cocktail hour, whether you’re hosting a party or winding down after a long day at work. They make good use of ready-made, frozen puff pastry so you can make them – and enjoy them – with a cocktail in hand. Just spread some good Dijon mustard over half a sheet of puff pastry, fold over, slice, brush with egg, sprinkle with poppy seeds, and bake. How easy is that?

This recipe is from the fabulous Dorie Greenspan‘s fabulous book, Around My French Table. It’s a big book full of wonderful recipes and stories, from salmon rillettes I’ll probably never make to gougeres that I will return to often. I just love to flip through it. I’ve been known to read it in bed. Even if I don’t always cook straight from it, Greenspan’s book never fails to inspire me. I seriously suggest you go out and buy it. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy this recipe! I halved the original recipe, but it can easily be doubled again.

You could have some fun playing with it as well – instead of mustard why not spread pesto, or Parmesan in the middle? For a sweet version jam would be lovely. What other variations would be good?

Mustard Batons

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table
Yield: About 20 batons

INGREDIENTS:
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed (about 8½ ounces)
All-purpose flour, for dusting and rolling
¼-½ cup Dijon mustard
1 egg, beaten with a splash of water
Poppy seeds, for topping

METHOD:
Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with a baking sheet or parchment. Roll the puff pastry out on a lightly floured surface until you have a rectangle about 12-by-16 inches. Spread the mustard over half of the dough, leaving a 1/8-inch border. Fold the dough in half. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter cut the pastry from top to bottom into strips about 1-inch wide (you can use a ruler as a guide). Cut the strips in half if you wish. Carefully transfer the batons to the baking sheet. Brush the egg on top and sprinkle with poppy seeds. Transfer the batons to the oven and bake for 8 minutes. Rotate the baking pan and bake another 7 to 8 minutes, or until the batons are puffed and golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.


12 Comments

  1. These sound easy and good. Thanks for posting

  2. Caitlin Domke

    MMm these look great! I love mustard a lot. and puff pastry :)

    • Katherine

      Haha, thanks! I know, right? Mustard and puff pastry. Match made in heaven. Perfect for soaking up cocktails.

  3. Nice recipe,thanks:)

  4. Awesome recipe..this looks so good!!! I would love few right now!!
    Great photos!!!

    • Katherine

      Thanks so much Sandra! I have some extra puff pastry sitting around so am thinking I may be whipping up another batch soon..wish I could bring you some! :-)

  5. These look amazing. Dorie’s book is one of the best in my collection. I’ve tried so many of her recipes but not this one! It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Katherine

      I love her book and was excited to learn that it just won an IACP cookbook award. Definitely well deserved. Do try this recipe – it’s probably the simplest in her book but like all of her recipes just lovely and full of flavor.

  6. I’m keeping this recipe for adult focus gathering like my husband’s company party! I LOVE it. I don’t bake, but this, I CAN BAKE! Whoo hoo! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It’s easy, but I will never come up with this idea, so I appreciate it!

    • Katherine

      Haha, I’m not much of a baker either, which is what makes these so great! They’d definitely be great for a company party! So glad you like it Nami :-D

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