Puff pastry seems to be a relative of the Middle Eastern phyllo dough. References to puff pastry appear before the 17th century indicating a history that originated through Muslim Spain and was converted from thin sheets of dough spread with olive oil to laminated dough with layers of butter, perhaps in Italy or Germany. Traditionally, however, credit is given to the French painter and cook Claude Gelée, who lived in the 17th century, for the discovery. The story goes that Gelée was making a type of very buttery bread for his sick father, and the process of rolling the butter into the bread dough created a croissant-like finished product.
Italian sausage and onions in puff pastry
Italian sausage in puff pastry is a fun way to have all the flavors you enjoy in an italian sausage hoagie wrapped up in a little mini-package.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. While puff pastry dough is thawing, saute onions in oil and cook sausage links thoroughly. Cut the sausage links into 1/2 inch slices and set aside.
Roll out Puff Pastry on a lightly floured surface, into a 15'x15" piece. Cut pastry in 3" squares.
Place a tablespoon of carmelized onions and one slice of sausage in the center of each square. Brush edges with water.
Bring edges together to form a pouch, pinching the edges to seal. Brush with butter. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes until golden. Remove from oven. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes Any type of sausage can be substituted for the Italian sausage and sautéed green peppers can be added for the authentic Italian sausage sub flavor. © Galley Chef All Rights Reserved