Easy Festive Christmas Tree Puff Pastry Appetizer

It is just a few days before Christmas and I can feel the excitement in the air.  In our house we are busy preparing for the Holidays.  It is such a hectic time of year.  I know that many of you are very busy as well, so here is a holiday dish that is simple, delicious, festive, and fun.  It can be made into so many shapes and flavors.  Today I am showing you how to use puff pastry with 4 different toppings: pesto, olive tapenade, pomegranate & cranberry, and mushrooms.  These are great for appetizers or a wonderful addition to your holiday meal.

Ingredients: the tree
1 pkg. (two sheets) vegan puff pastry
1/2 recipe of vegan pesto or olive tapenade (Click here for recipe)

Instructions:
Make pesto (see my recipe for details)
Thaw the pastry for an hour or so before unwrapping.
Unroll one piece on parchment paper. Do the same with the second piece.
With a rolling pin roll out both pieces to make a slightly thinner rectangle.
Spread the pesto on one piece of the puff pastry.
Cover with the other piece to make a sandwich.
Cut out tree shape (large triangle).
Add a short stem from leftover pastry dough to the bottom of the tree.
Slice the tree every inch from top to bottom on both sides, being careful to leave about an inch in the middle.
Twist each piece downward. The larger pieces (branches) twist two times, and as it becomes more difficult, twist one time.
Brush with melted margarine if desired.
Bake at 400F about 18-22 minutes, until golden brown.

Other recommended flavors for puff pastry:
Pomegranate & Cranberry (add to puff pastry after it is baked) (Click Here for Recipe)

Mushroom topping (Click Here for Recipe)

Olive Tapenade (Click Here for Recipe)

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