Best bets for frozen puff pastry "aperitifs" in the US?
When I lived in France, my husband and I used to enjoy buying frozen puff pastry "aperitifs" and having a few before dinner with some wine.
We never bought expensive brands, but liked the simple boxes we would get at the Carrefour or Picard. Our favs. were ones like the pastry stuffed with tomato and poppy seeds, ones stuffed with goat cheese, swirls with pesto, etc.
Since moving back the US I havent' seen these much - except recently I saw an Archer Farms (store brand?) at Target in the freezer section. They looked quite similar to what I used to get in Picard in France. I was hesitant to try them, but since then I've kept my eyes open and seen a few boxes of different brands here and there.
Does anyone have any experience with these in the US? Are any of them tasty? Where do you buy them?
I don't recall the brand names any more, but from time to time Sam's Club used to have them, and I've picked up smaller boxes at supermarkets out of curiosity sake. Overall, I can't say I was thrilled with any of them. I find it much easier to just buy a box or two of puff pastry and make my own. The flavor is sooooooooo much better! The same is true of frozen spanikopita. Home made is the ONLY "real thing."
EDIT Just for the record, the frozen spanikopita is infinitley better than the frozen hors d'ouvres I had, whatever brands they were.
Caroline is so right - as always. The frozen stuff is disappointing. I buy butter puff pastry, cut it into squares (four morsels per square), brush with egg, top with goat cheese and tomato and bake. After I take it out of the oven I top it with a bit of tapenade (home-made, of course). Great combination !
Ah ok.. sigh.
Yes, I can make them on my own. It's just nice to have the mix of 3 or 4 flavors in the frozen boxes. Rarely do I, for example, have goat cheese, olive tapanade AND a creamy tomato sauce all on hand to mix into my puff pastry.
But it's definitely a better alternative than getting low-quality or soggy frozen puff pastry squares, so perhaps I will give up on my search...
Sorry that was not what you were looking for :(
It just occurred to me that when visiting my SIL in California she bought some from Trader Joe's and seemed to like them; I was not as impressed, but you may want to check it out anyway - she did not buy every type that was on sale.