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Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

Butternut Mac n' Cheese Bites!

These pretty babies have been on my mind for at least 2 months. I never made them, but I thought about them an awful lot. Puff Pastry is so delicious, and even if you’re too lazy busy to make your own from scratch, Pepperidge Farms has been kind enough to produce a vegan version for us. Healthy? Ehhh… but at least it’s vegan!

I don’t know what took me so long to finally make these, but they’re everything I thought they’d be. The puff pastry is rich, almost buttery. The filling is my Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese which is delicious beyond belief. So creamy and gooey… but don’t take my word for it, just look at that picture! The rich Daiya cheese sauce is just oooozing out of there. Perfection! I used just one sheet of the puff pastry, rolled out thin, and got 6 of these “hot pockets”. Each one is really 2 bites, or 3 if you’re dainty.

I made them with Happy Hour in mind, but they would also make nifty lunches, if you had a toaster oven at work to heat a couple of them up in.

One word of caution… puff pastry is flammable, as is parchment paper. Please just keep that in mind in case you should, oh, I don’t know… try to brown the tops under the broiler. Just sayin’.


Macaroni and Cheese Puff Pastry Bites (6  large bites)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Batch of Butternut Squash Mac n’ Cheese (Or make a full batch and double your “bites”!)
  • 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm (or your own homemade!) puff pastry
  • Flour, parchment paper & cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Roll out the puff pastry on a floured cutting board, and cut into 3×5 inch rectangles. Don’t use too much flour or the taste of it will get into your pastry.
  2. Using one of those larger soup spoons, place one heaping spoonful onto each rectangle, towards one end, and then pinch the 3 edges shut, crimping them like a pie crust.
  3. Place the little masterpieces onto a parchment lined baking sheet, and just *mist* the top with a little cooking spray.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees, 18-20 minutes or until the top turns a beautiful golden hue.

Enjoy!

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Puff Pastry Bites

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  • Lisa February 15, 2012, 8:06 am

    OMG. These look divine.

  • Connie Fletcher February 15, 2012, 12:58 pm

    Thank you for a wonderful looking recipe…drool, drool….and for a great laugh!! I wonder how you know that puff pastry is flammable………..just sayin’….

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) February 15, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Wow… That is kind of insanely awesome looking. Just check out that cheesy goodness! I love this creative take on a hand-held version of mac and “cheese.”

  • Heather February 15, 2012, 3:47 pm

    LOVE this idea; as in love it so much I am making them for justin this weekend- these are so much better than the deep fried mac n cheese bites; thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!!

  • Maddy February 29, 2012, 4:08 pm

    Puff pastries are traditionally made with butter, so if you’re going vegan you’d have to make your own methinks. Takes a couple of days but would probably be worth it. This looks gorgeous!

    • Barb February 29, 2012, 6:03 pm

      Actually, the recipe as stated IS vegan. Pepperidge Farm puff pastry is vegan, as I said in the post. I’d love to try making my own sometimes, but I’m baking-challenged so I’m always happy to take the easy (vegan) way out.

  • vegansmarties February 29, 2012, 7:19 pm

    wow they look delicious :O yummmm

  • meganwhitney August 14, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Pretty sure I just pinned every recipe in your blog. Amazing!

    • Barb August 15, 2012, 5:52 am

      Thank you, that’s awesome!!

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