This great recipe is from The Official Downton Abbey Christmas Cookbook.
These are amongst the easiest savories to make. All you need is good quality puff pastry and a jar of anchovy fillets in oil .
Even people who do not like the flavour or the look of anchovies will enjoy these little savory puffs. Called eclairs probably because the term sounds elegant, they would have a lovey hors d’oeuvre.
But in an Edwardian house at Christmastime, they are more properly served at the end of the meal, after the pudding.
Downton's Anchovy Eclairs
These are among the easiest savories to make. All you need is good quality puff pastry and a jar of anchovy fillets in oil.
- 10 oz butter puff pastry
- 12 large anchovy fillets in olive oil
- 1 large egg yolk beaten
- 2 tbsp. Gruyere cheese grated, for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
- On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the puff pastry a scant 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a rectanglee about 9 by 8 inches.Cut the rectangle into 12 strips about 4 x 1.5".
- With the long side of each strip facing you, place 1 large or 2 small anchovy in the middle of the pastry, leaving 1/2 inch uncovered from each side. Fold the top of the strip over the fillet(s), enclosing completely, and crimp the edges securely closed with a fork.
- Brush the top of each pastry with the egg wash and then sprinkle with a little cheese. Carefully transfer the pastries to the prepared pan, spacing them well apart.
- Bake the pastries until puffed and golden, 8-10 minutes. Serve hot or at room temperature.
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Calories: 150kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 72mgPotassium: 30mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 44IUCalcium: 35mgIron: 1mg
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