A delicious puff pastry, filled with a seasoned chicken mix that is a great option for get-togethers.
There is nothing that reminds me about the joys of childhood more than thinking of chicken puffs. When I see a puff, I think of all of the birthday parties we attended and all of the games I played. Did I mention I was 150% a tomboy? In fact "play" was a nickname my aunt called me from an early age. I found any opportunity to be running, jumping, diving anywhere and 9 out of 10 times, I was the only girl in the group.
And on numerous occasions, these puffs saved my life. A staple at all family events, this light puff pastry (choux pastry) is usually stuffed with well-seasoned chicken or cheese or tuna. And are usually gobbled up in no time. Today I reminisce and share the recipe for my favourite of them all, chicken puffs.
Being a kid was so awesome!
I lived for birthday parties. I lived for getting together. House visits, beach limes, trips to the forts. Those were all exciting. But you see birthday parties?? Those were the grand prize get together.
The excitement of sharing that day with a sister, cousin, a friend was one thing. Being able to celebrate that special day and have some fun was pure joy. But for sure we knew, as for most parties in Trinidad and Tobago, there was going to be food and snacks galore. And as easily that at every event there are cheese paste sandwiches, there was going to be puffs there. Amazingly, delightful puffs.
These puffs are basically choux pastry, a light, crispy pastry shell that can be used to make puffs, to eclairs to gougères. Though they are fancy in name, they are pretty easy to make. I must confess though the hardest part of me was creating the shells and making them look nice. My first attempt, they came out looking like ducks. Ha!! Thank goodness for youtube, and I found a great tutorial on making the shells look "cute" from Gordon Ramsay. (from the 1-minute mark)
I think what makes these puffs different from other places is the stuffings we use for this treat.
You can easily use canned chicken chunks like I do for the tuna, but I much prefer to use fresh chicken breasts and make my seasoned chicken. I get to season the breast as I want to and avoid any additives or chemicals. And it's really easy to make up the chicken and you are free to customize.
Do you know that you can use choux pastry mix to make eclairs too? So I'm basically giving you a many in one recipe today. Thank me later.
Have you every had chicken puffs? I hope you have, and if you didn't I wish you would take some time and try these out. They are really great mouth stuffers for parties. And the shells can be easily made before and frozen till needed.
Ok, enough talking, let me go pop a few of these in the belly!!
Trinidad Chicken Puffs
Prep Time: 00:20
Cook Time: 00:40
Keywords: bake steam appetizer snack chicken Caribbean
Ingredients (Approximately 20 puffs)
- 3 oz butter
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup flour, sifted
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
InstructionsFor Puff Shells
Heat oven to 475 degrees
Line a baking sheet
Melt butter in water over med heat
Add flour, salt, sugar and stir vigorously until a ball is formed
Continue mixing a little longer till cooked (about 5 minutes)
Allow to cool to room temperature
Add eggs one at a time, making sure to fully incorporate egg before adding another (Important that mixture is cooled here since adding egg to hot mixture will cook egg)
Add mixture to piping bag (or you can easily just use a tablespoon and spoon out)
Drop onto baking sheet about 1" apart
Bake for 40 mins
Set aside to cool (These can also be put to freeze for a later use)For Chicken Filling
Wash and clean chicken
Add chicken to a deep pot and cover with water
Add thyme, pepper, salt, garlic powder to pot.
Leave chicken to boil for about 7 - 10 minutes
Remove chicken from water and add to blender/food processor
Blend till fine
Place chicken in a large bowl
Add mayonnaise, celery, bell peppers, red onions and mix
Add pepper sauce and salt and pepper to taste
Cut pastry open 3/4 way and add about a tablespoon of filling into each shell
Here are some other items from my childhood birthday party days:
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