13 June 2007

Mrs. Puff's Pastry Fish Recipe

Servings: Serves 8

Puff pastry sheets
2 cans tuna
2 tbsp. chopped onion
2 tbsp. chopped celery
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Salt and pepper
4 slices American cheese, cut in half
Egg wash (1 egg, 1 yolk, pinch of salt, beaten together)
Fish-shaped cookie cutter
Pastry brush or paintbrush

Start Cooking

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Step 2
On a floured surface, roll out puff pastry sheets into 12- by 18-inch rectangles. Slide them onto a baking pan and place in the refrigerator. Let them settle about one hour, until firm.

Step 3
While the dough is settling, make the tuna salad. Drain the cans of tuna and mix with the onions celery, mayonnaise, and salt and pepper. Set it aside.

Step 4
Using a floured fish-shaped cookie cutter, help your kids cut out 16 pieces from the pastry sheets. (If you do not have a fish-shaped cutter, draw a simple fish on a piece of cardboard, cut it out, and use it as a template.)

Step 5
Divide the filling evenly among eight of the fish pieces, leaving a 1/4-inch border all around. Place a cheese slice on top of the filling.

Step 6
With a pastry brush or small, clean paintbrush, brush the 1/4-inch border of the pastry with the egg wash.

Step 7
Place the top pieces on the filled bases and lightly press together the edges with a fork to seal in the filling.

Step 8
Brush the tops of all the fish with the egg wash. With the tip of a knife, poke a small hole to make an eye. You can also lightly cut a fin shape, being careful not to press the knife tip all the way through the dough.

Step 9
Bake for about 20 minutes until well colored and crisp.

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