Friday, November 21, 2008

Vegetable Puff Cups

Last week we had a get together at our house.I wanted to make an appetizer that is quick and a crowd-pleaser, so I decided on these puff cups .These cups are very elegant to serve for single portions. Instead of the ever present potato filling I made a vegetable filling. It was a huge hit with our friends.
1 Small pack of mixed frozen vegetables (peas,corn,beans, carrot)
1 Pack Puff pastry shells
1 large Onion (chopped)
2 Nos Ripe Tomatoes (chopped)
1 Tbsp Cumin seeds
1/4 Tbsp Ginger /Garlic paste
2 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp Red chilly powder
Salt to taste.
Remove the pastry shells from the freezer and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF.Place the shells with the lids facing upwards.
Set the timer for 20-25 minutes or until crisp.
Heat oil in a kadai and add the cumin seeds.
When the cumin seeds pop add the chopped onion and ginger/garlic paste and saute.
When the onion is tender add tomato , red chily powder, salt a little water and cook covered for a minute.
Now add the frozen vegetable mixture and continue cooking covered, till the vegetables are tender. (Keep stirring in between and add water if necessary.)
When the Pastry shells are done remove the lids using a fork.
Fill the shells with the prepared vegetable mixture and cover with the removed lids.
Serve immediately. The shells can be re heated by placing in the oven for 2 - 3 minutes at 350ºF.

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