5 Recipes That Use Time-Saving Frozen Puff Pastry

Once you've tried this clever recipe shortcut, you'll return to it again and again.

If you're looking for some cooking hacks to save you time in the kitchen, consider using some of these frozen puff pastry recipes. This ingredient (which you can buy in sheets at the grocery store or make yourself) can obviously be used to make everything from a plum tart to a batch of cinnamon rolls. And it's versatile enough to shine in other dishes, including several savory favorites.

For example, puff pastry can be used as a hassle-free topper for an easy take on chicken pot pie, which is basically the quintessential winter dish, or the base of a vegetable tart with bold and spicy red curry paste. Keep reading to find out how this inexpensive supermarket staple can produce some seriously tasty dishes in record time.

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Fancy Pigs in a Blanket

Super Bowl Snacks: Pigs in a Blanket
Quentin Bacon

Whether hosting a holiday party or getting ready for game day, you can't go wrong with pigs in a blanket. This "fancy" and homemade take on the classic appetizer uses store-bought sausage (feel free to pick your favorite kind) and frozen puff pastry to create an undoubtable crowd-pleaser in 30 minutes.

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Pizza Croissants

Pizza Croissants

As you may have guessed, this recipe merges pizza and croissants (courtesy of frozen puff pastry) to create a decadent dish that's bound to be a hit whenever you serve it. The result is a buttery, flaky version of pizza filled with marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni slices that, dare we say it, might just be better than the real deal.

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Red Curry Veggie Tart

Red Curry Veggie Tart Recipe
Greg DuPree

If you're looking for a recipe that says "I spent hours in the kitchen perfecting this," but really only takes a fraction of that time to throw together, we've found it. This spicy vegetarian tart features a frozen puff pastry base paired with frozen vegetables (another shortcut!), coconut milk, and red curry paste.

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Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Jennifer Causey

For a comforting meal everyone will love, use frozen puff pastry to throw together a tasty chicken pot pie. The hearty dish, which is the perfect weeknight winter meal, is made with a frozen vegetable blend and a rotisserie chicken. It gets its creaminess from a filling combination of heavy whipping cream and chicken broth and is ready in about 30 minutes.

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Cinnamon Rolls

Betty Gold

Sure, you can buy packaged cinnamon rolls and pop 'em in the oven or spend hours making the delicate dough from scratch, but if neither of those options sounds appealing, you could use frozen puff pastry instead. By using the frozen dough, you're elevating those supermarket cinnamon rolls without spending half your day in the kitchen. The best part? You're left with a batch of tasty treats after just 30 minutes.

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