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Puff pastry pizza with bell peppers, mushrooms, and Mozzarella cheese

puff pastry pizza, pizzettes with mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese

I decided to participate in Weekend Cook and Tell Event at SeriousEats.com and my photo was featured in their Round Up again, 2nd week in a row!!! For this weekend, the event was about making anything with puff pastry.   I love puff pastry, and for some time have been on a serious puff pastry kick, which is why I have lots of it in my freezer.  So I thought, how easy and convenient, I already have it in my freezer, I also have bell peppers and mushrooms that are about to rot, and there is a big brick of Mozzarella cheese in my refrigerator.  Why not put all four ingredients to practical use and create an easy appetizer – small pizzas?

Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

I was very happy I did – little pizzas were delicious, and it took me only 25 minutes to prepare them (plus 20 minutes for baking).   Not surprisingly, these little pizzettes are already gone.   One of them made a great appetizer, and I’ve eaten another one the next morning for breakfast with an egg on top.

Once I started making these little pizzettes, I sort of got carried away and also made a sweet dessert using puff pastry. I just love baking with  Puff Pastry because it is so versatile.   You can make something sweet, or you can make something savory.  Something open like these little pizzas, or something closed like these butternut squash turnovers.  And it all takes a very short time.

puff pastry pizza with mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese

Puff pastry pizza with bell peppers, mushrooms, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients (for 1 sheet of puff pastry):

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 or 6 mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley
  • pepper
  • salt
  • handful of small bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 egg for egg wash

This recipe is for 1 sheet of puff pastry (usually there are 2 sheets in a package), and you can easily double it (or triple it!) if you’re making more.

1)  Preheat oven to 415.  Defrost 1 sheet of puff pastry for about 40 minutes until just soft.  Don’t let puff pastry sheet get too warm and put it in the refrigerator if you’re not using it right away after 40 minutes of defrosting.

2)  Slice each mushroom into 5 slices.  Cook mushrooms for about 5 minutes on high heat, then 5 minutes on low, uncovered, until mushrooms soften and juices evaporate.   Season with paprika, parsley.  Salt and pepper to taste.

mushrooms for Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

3) Slice each small bell pepper into halves or quarters.

sliced bell peppers for Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

4)  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.  You don’t have to grease parchment paper.  Cut puff pastry sheet into 2 parts like shown on the photo and place them on parchment paper on your baking sheet.

cut pastry sheet in half for Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

Brush pastry sheets with egg wash, salt slightly.

egg wash for Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

5)  Spread cooked mushrooms in a straight line on top of each pastry sheet, without filling the whole space of puff pastry, so that you still have edges unfilled for puff.

mushrooms on puff pastry

Then top each pastry sheet with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.  Finally, top with bell peppers.  It should look like this.

Puff pastry pizzas with mushrooms, bell peppers, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

5)  Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 20 minutes until the puff pastry puffs along the edges and gets golden-brown color.

puff pastry pizza with mushrooms, bell peppers, cheese

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  • The Café Sucré Farine October 8, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I’m crazy about puff pastry, it’s so….. easy to work with. I love your little pizzas, how fun to have individual pizzas like this for a casual dinner party. With a simple salad they would make a lovely dinner!

    • Julia October 8, 2012, 3:38 pm

      Exactly! You can have it as an appetizer, as a light dinner (with salad), or I even had it for breakfast with a poached egg on top.

  • carrian October 8, 2012, 2:25 pm

    I adore puff pastry. It’s like a little piece of heaven!

    • Julia October 8, 2012, 3:43 pm

      Thanks for visiting, your blog looks lovely!

  • The Wimpy Vegetarian October 8, 2012, 2:42 pm

    This looks just lovely! I love working with the puff pastry too – it’s so easy to work with and so flavorful. I’ve got some little peppers I need to do something with, and this looks just perfect :-)

    • Julia October 8, 2012, 3:40 pm

      Puff pastry is so ridiculously easy to work with. And the end result is usually quite presentable for the amount of effort that went into it. :)

  • Morgan October 8, 2012, 2:43 pm

    I love puff pastry! So convenient and absolutely delicious. Those mushrooms look devine :)

    • Julia October 8, 2012, 3:42 pm

      Whenever I feel like I am running out of time to make something good quick, puff pastry always comes to my rescue. :)

  • Gayle October 8, 2012, 4:31 pm

    I also love using puff pastry – I have 2 packages of it in my freezer right now and it’s just so easy to pull out, thaw, and make something that people think I slaved over all day. Your pizza looks so good – and you take wonderful pictures.

    - Gayle

    • Julia October 9, 2012, 6:39 pm

      Yes, just about anything made with puff pastry looks so presentable and usually takes just minutes to make. I just love the convenience.

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee October 8, 2012, 4:51 pm

    Great way to use those puff pastries in savory dishes. Looks just perfectly baked.

  • Veena October 8, 2012, 6:53 pm

    looks very interesting.. I do it with cooked vegetables.. Thanks for stopping by at my space and leaving wonderful comments

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  • The Squishy Monster October 8, 2012, 10:16 pm

    *sigh* this is so exquisite! I could stare at your pictures for a reaaally long time!! I can’t wait to get my hands on some heirlooms and duplicate this asap!

    • Julia October 9, 2012, 6:41 pm

      Thank you. It would be GREAT with heirlooms!

  • cquek October 9, 2012, 7:46 am

    omg i would love to try your recipe

  • Liz October 9, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Oh, man…I love pizza, but you’ve made it even more irresistible! And peppers and mushrooms would be my topping choice, too :)

    • Julia October 9, 2012, 6:42 pm

      I can eat this type of pizza all day long, for lunch, dinner, and breakfast. :)

  • Suzanne October 10, 2012, 10:21 pm

    Yum, I can always go for a veggie packed pizza on puff pastry oh yes! Your photos on your blog are all mouth watering and your recipes look wonderful. Thanks for commenting on my blog so I could find your lovely blog here.

    • Julia October 17, 2012, 1:53 am

      Thank you, I love visiting other blogs, that’s half the fun for me in blogging.

  • Ashley October 16, 2012, 11:19 am

    These little pizzas look delicious! And so easy too..

    • Julia October 17, 2012, 1:52 am

      Great recipe for a quick, yet presentable snack :). Love puff pastry!

  • Denise Browning December 26, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Just to let you know this dish made the list of the 25 mouthwatering dishes from different blogs in From Brazil To You…

    • Julia December 27, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Thank you for featuring me! I just checked out your post – what a lovely collection of dishes!

  • Jill March 3, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks! Def going to try this!

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